In trying to decide what sort of quote to do for our
monoline romans exercise (with the dreaded B2 nib), I
found myself looking to this: a wonderful piece of
advice from famed choreographer Agnes DeMille to modern
dance legend Martha Graham. It speaks to the importance
of artists being able to find a way through self doubt;
to let go of judgement and allow the work to speak for
itself. Great words of wisdom for us all.
In finding my way through
this project, I decided I could have a little fun with
it by adding whimsical tromp l'œil effects as I worked,
painting the things that were scattered about my
drafting table, including the yellow "post-it" notes.
One of the hardest things to capture was my John Neal
gridded practice pad! Yikes!The piece is done on a
leftover portion of elephant-sized Arches hot press
watercolor paper in a variety of values of blue,
blue-violet and violet. The wine stain is painted in
watercolor and, yes, for authenticity I was forced to
try the full spectrum of reds: a glass of pinot noir, a
glass of zinfandel, a glass of cabernet…(oh, the
sacrifices we make for our art! 😉) But, most
importantly, I ended up enjoying using the B-2 nib! A
first for me! Thank you, Reggie.