“Going Home” – Journal Page, gouache, oil pastel, graphite, collage
Its always seems so much easier to do journal pages, than doing full-sized paintings. The mistakes I make on the journal page, are either covered up, or not – and become part of the composition. I don’t worry about proportion, or exactly looking like the things they are supposed to be – its a concept, right? But I can’t do this when I’m in a full painting mode, and then I lose the spontaneous thing that makes an interesting painting. Its frustrating, and keeps me going back to the journal pages to avoid solitary paintings.
If you look closely you can see two small torn pictures of doves in the background – I tore these from a magazine ages ago, and that’s what I modeled my doves from.
I don’t know how to draw birds, so I am practicing in my journal pages to learn how – I’ve recently bought several books of birds, I wasn’t looking for them, it seemed they just turned up wherever I went! I bought an Audubon box of 50 bird prints in a thrift store for a few dollars, dated from the 1950’s. They are quite beautiful – and then I gave them away for a Christmas gift. I found a newer poster sized book later of the same prints that serves my purpose very well – strangely there were no doves in it – pigeons, but no doves. That’s why I had to look through my torn magazine pages to find some doves.
You are doing some good work, your birds look fine.