The full post is a look at a quick sketch and a growing attitude.
Often prepainted pages, when I come upon them in my journals, are an excuse for me to slow down and take more time and do a more involved painting or drawing. Get out the studio paints, stop thinking about production. But still faster than getting out stuff to do a painting outside of the journal.
Well for this January journal there were too many demands on my time and I found I skipped over three such painted pages. I had to come back to them at the end of the journal's life. For the most part this was a happy accident. Here, well, let's just say I'm attitudinal. I hadn't sketched all day and a bird walked across the TV screen while I was eating my dinner.
I put my meal aside and did a memory drawing (that's where the attitude comes in; I had no intention of going naturalistic), using a Faber-Castel Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen.
The lettering was outlined with the same pen, filled with Payne's Gray gouache (M. Graham) which happened to be out on the palette and I knew it would hold up to the background, and then when dry, outlined with a gold gel pen. The background had been prepainted with fluid acrylics diluted and sprayed over a stencil.
So if you're new to the blog there's something you need to know—most of my bird sketches are self-portraits.