Friday, September 23, 2011

Beginner's Mind and Conventional Wisdom


"Beginner's Mind and Conventional Wisdom Having a Chat"
Ink and watercolor on 5x7 cold press 140# paper.
Fantasy genre. 

I started out this painting in acrylics, but those birds wouldn't fly, so I redid it in ink and watercolor and it worked out to my satisfaction. From now on I'm asking the painting what medium it wants to be done in (I am serious). 

I used a halfway dried up black Pitt pen to ink it. Pitt pens are archival and have India ink and can be used all the way until the ink no longer runs. When it's halfway dried up, it makes this very soft line like a pencil line, especially on a toothy paper. You can even do gray, subtle shading with a halfway dried marker pen.

Can you guess which bird is which?


Lee Pierce said...

Uh oh! I was thinking the blockhead was conventional wisdom :D

Turned out wonderful in color! I just tossed a few dried up pitt pens, now I am tempted to leave a cap off to give it a try...

It's such a pleasure to wander around in your paintings ;^)

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Love the way this looks in watercolor. I think you made the right choice. Fantastic subject and great painting!

Rosemary said...

Oh, you did it again! I LOVE this piece! Thanks for the heads up re the Pitt pens!

Nora MacPhail said...

Yep. Honestly, I prefer this one to the acrylic. Although both are lovely (and I'm not just saying that!)

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks for all your great comments!