Acrylic on Birch Panel
12" x 16"
When I saw the direction that Hurricane Lee was headed in, I took the opportunity of the last sunny day to go over to the Hydrostone to sketch the life there in pen and ink.
I am an avid Urban Sketcher, so you will often find me in a park or café or bus, hiding behind my sunglasses, discreetly, observing, and sketching. I post some of these on Instagram or FB.
I am also multilingual and a shameless eavesdropper, so I also hear the stories of my sketching subjects, [my muses], provided they are human. When they speak a language other than English, my muses also imagine no one can hear what they're saying, which makes the eavesdropping even more fun.
When I draw, I often search for narrative, since I have kept an illustrated journal for many years. I am a big fan of graphic memoirs and novels and appreciate the story boarding art used in the film industry, which is my other passion.
To get the same expressive line that I get with a dip or fountain pen when I did these acrylic paintings, I used a rigger brush (with very long, springy bristles), and very fluid, high flow, acrylic, then used heavy body acrylic to add color.
I think the end result retains the fluidity of my original on-site sketches. All paintings are varnished.