Deja vu? I know, I know, if you have been following my bird series then you know I already did a goldfinch. In fact, I can save you on more dialogue by referring you to POST #88 – AMERICAN GOLDFINCH to learn my thoughts and ideas on goldfinches.
So why did I do another you ask?
Well, compared to all the birds so far:
This picture of a goldfinch:
Didn’t really seem to fit in. There is nothing wrong with it, I just felt like the bird wasn’t as much of a highlight as I would have liked and since I have 273 days left of my CREATIVITY CHALLENGE. Why not do it again if I so chose to?
Yeah, that’s why, plain and simple. I wanted to.
Now are there any opinions from the nut gallery as to which one they like better?
I’m all alone here, so since I’m at it, I will ask for a little feedback on the crayon with watercolor technique. How does it come off? Polished or too cartoon-like?
I’ll tell you why I’ve been using this medium for the past 8 some-odd days. It is really teaching me discipline and simplicity. In order to use the thick crayons, I really have to bring my drawing down to as few lines as possible. Streamlining you’d might say. When you force yourself to streamline you become very deliberate which I think shows a little more confidence in your work. I think as I heavily consider each line, the images are getting stronger and stronger. I’m figuring out which lines to create in crayon and which to just leave to the paint. I will move on to something else for a while I’m sure, but I will take the precision with me.
BTW. During this bird series I changed a few of my materials. The thick rectangle Stockmar crayons were too cumbersome when trying to create in small sizes.
So I went to my trusted source: SOUTH COUNTY ART SUPPLY and asked Andrea Peitsch, the owner, what I could do about it. She found me The Faber-Castell 24 count Beeswax crayons. They are a high quality crayon, they come in stick form, are smooth and the color selection is terrific. Thank you South County Art Supply!!!
Also as a recommendation from Andrea, I converted from Windsor-Newton watercolors to M. Graham watercolors. The prices are a little lower and the quantities are larger. So far, I am really happy with their product. There were a few pigments I couldn’t find, so I will stick to Windsor Newton for those, but for the amount of paint I am going through these days, it suits me fine to find a high quality watercolor in larger quantities.
I’m so glad to have them in town!