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Radishes in charcoal and watercolor

Continuing my experimentation with large formats, different mediums and free strokes. Still sticking with charcoal, which is an unforgiving medium, but exactly that fact gives me the freedom to “play” freely. You can”t start over every time you make a mistake; so you  are forced  to work with the mistakes, which can either lead to great discoveries, or total mess ups  – not to be seen as a bad thing. I also prefer working with the dark charcoal, and one can see in the images below the really dark black it gives. I don’t use fixatives.. I have the impression it doesn’t work in any case..

…radishes in charcoal, watercolor and watercolor pencils, 42x60cm..

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I chose radishes, cut off most of the leaves  to expose mostly the stems, thew them out on the table and chose a composition with only a few radishes.

..the start – in charcoal lines and watercolor washes, using lot of water and allowing it to run…

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After finishing, I stood back and the watercolor looked too washed out against the dark charcoal, so I added watercolor pencil, washed it to blend and give darker color, and here and there I left some pencil marks to echo the charcoal lines.

…radishes – close up 1..

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Far from being a perfect piece and it won’t end up in an exhibition, this was another good exercise in getting rid of “fear”.

….radishes – close up 2…

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…radishes – close up 3…

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Onto some some more work!!!

à bientôt

Ronelle

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3 responses

  1. Hi Ronelle. time spent in your atelier has certainly paid off, & I don’t see any fear left there. This is a big a bold statement. and it says ” watch out, I’m back ”

    February 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  2. I love it.. I am sending this to Nancy..she paints big bold and beautiful..loves all mediums..and she just bought a new canvas.. this will be wonderful for her to see..
    You two would just get along so well!

    February 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

  3. I find these last two posts very interesting especially your list of “rules”.

    I like the effect of the run watercolour with the charcoal, not something I have ever tried; charcoal at life classes is scary enough :)

    I look forward to more experiments.

    February 10, 2014 at 5:28 am

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