What this means for me is that I've been able to really get back into painting. This is something that I used to do passionately alongside my climbing. However, it's time intensive, and my wife was far more interesting, and then the kids etc.
I'd recently restarted, dabbling in my lunchbreaks at work as an alternative to candy crush.
Lockdown and crag ban has meant its been a useful tool for focusing my random energy.
I'm quite a comic geek, and my painting is heavily influenced by the inking an colouring styles of the comics and graphic novels. I'm not a natural drawer type person and accepting of the fact that I'll probably never be arsed to get better. Therfore I employ a projection technique I appropriated from a art student back when I was living in Farnham. This means I can sketch / trace the bits I want from an image I've captured.
I thought I'd use my last painting as a case study to explain the process.
This is the wall outside our kitchen.
Having projected an traced the interesting bits I proceed with inking the shadows.
I then start playing with colour. I'm not really a realist, but I tend to build a palate from the subject and muck about a bit. Also, I like to think about the close up little things and the colours hidden and inside and unseen..
Hence I end up with a mess like this (this is at work)
I then try an fix it..
And re ink as I go along
Eventually it starts to work and I try to balance the 'movement' and sharpen the impression of detail.
Sort of almost finished (bar minor tarting and rewrites)
This is my latest subject. A well weathered post stump in between Caffi Gwynant (best caff in Wales) and the start of the Watkin path.
The projection stage.
The end of the sketching (beer o'clock)
So one sort of finished and a new one underway. Wholesome distractions until the plague passes..