In this gallery I have chosen a group of images of figures done in graphite and watercolor. For me the combination of sketching with graphite and watery brushed colors on a paper that texturally blends both mediums in a combination of sensuous ambiguity is a pleasure. I usually start with the sketching part, quickly laying down fast and broad gestures and struggling with a black and white sketch. After that, I then lay down strokes with a wet brush of humid color pigments to try to color the image with just enough pigmented water. The sketch is the main image, the coloring part is the color atmospheric accent.
These sketching works are done almost always in museums as copies of master’s painting and drawings. Contrary to contemporary art’s faithful dogma about ‘originality’ I still consider that copying from another artist’s work, as a learning and inspiring experience, is a way to hone and temper your own creative character. Your technique, it’s expressive pulse, will always come through when you copy the masters… Sketching in museums is an intense experience physically and creatively and ‘let’s you in’ on a lot of quiet artistic secrets of artists long gone but still soulfully present in those strangely mute works.