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I Don’t Trust the House and Another Piecemeal Style Painting

September 30, 2014

140913_3pm_ClownCollarBrLeft: A really large piecemeal style painting—4 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch paper, so it's 17 inches wide and 22 inches tall. I saw someone with an interesting head and ear negative space and then I started sketching it from memory directly with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I couldn't remember the odd sweater he had on so I turned it into a clown sweater. With Montana Marker (light blue and orange), stenciling with metallic rubberstamp ink, and pink-patterned washi tape on cream Fabriano Tiziano.

My piecemeal style sketches are getting larger and larger. I used to collage them into my journals, but now, images like today's, have grown so large that isn't possible. 

I'm still having a lot of fun with them. If you would like to read more about "Piecemeal Style" please click on that category in the category cloud in the left column.

Basically these are drawings I start on a single sheet of paper (that sheet can be of any size). When my drawing runs off the edge of that sheet I add additional sheets as needed with washi tape. I like the decorative patterns of the tape. I also like painting over the tape.

Today's image had to be scanned in 4 parts and put together in Photoshop. The man's skintone is the color of the paper that was used.

After I had scanned the image I put it back together by gluing it to 5-ply mat board. Then I gave it a trim on the edges. 

I did this sketch when we were in the middle of the wasp infestation. Twenty-two to thirty-five wasps a day were invading the studio and other areas of our home—I had to work on the floor in a distant room of the house. It makes me happy when I look at it because I know sketching this, adding the blue and orange, and then stenciling the floral pattern on the sweater, saved my sanity.

We haven't had a wasp for a week today and my fingers are crossed that the fourth trip by the exterminator took care of them all. But I really don't trust the house. I am still on hyper alert. I still clear every room that I enter by doing a walk through and visual scan before sitting down to work. I am still alert to any movement in the room. Every little twitch of tape or crackle of paper or shifting and settling noise I hear captures my attention. I worry that when we turn the furnace on the heat will revitalize any wasps remaining—but for two nights I've been able to return to my bed!

 

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