Two Rosebuds Three Ways
6 in x 6 in, oil on gessobord;
4in x 6 in, acrylic ink on bristol board;
2in x 3in, graphite in sketchbook
Recently I've been exploring two painting mediums after spending years in only dry media. The last few days, I tried a new process. I began with a sketch, progressed to an ink drawing, and finished off with an oil painting.
I did the sketch because I wanted to get a grip on the rosebuds before I grabbed a brush - I also needed to make some adjustments from my photo reference, and for me, it's best to work those out with a pencil.
Next I did the ink drawing, I really love this stage. The inks are such an immediate medium, there is always the element of putting down a stroke you can't change, but also the chance that the stroke you put down is better than you thought it would be.
Finally, I did the oil painting. I struggled with this one. I wiped the roses a few times, changed their colors, nearly gave up, and in the end just decided to stop. Looking at it this morning, I think it's better than I feared, but I definitely have some issues to resolve with the oil paints. (At this point in the process, I don't consult the reference, I use the sketch to guide me and make all color decisions from the canvas.)
To end, I have a question for all you talented, experienced people out there. What kind of tripod do you have? I bought a $15 one at Walmart a couple of years ago, I've used it almost every day. It has served me well, and I've gotten my money from it. However, the legs stick, don't come out evenly any more, and generally there is far more struggle than help from it anymore. Do you have a tripod that you love? Can you tell me the brand? (I can't afford one of those $200 jobs...I'm not a professional photographer...but I am an artist who needs a tripod to photograph her work. :-)