The thing with AEDM is that it doesn't let me rest on my laurels like I usually would. Right on to the next creative journey. I really needed that push. I'm liking this.
The first photo shows what made me reach for the camera. All that sunlight over our ginger tabbies, the dark and light contrasts on the rumpled couch slip cover (cats - beautiful and destructive all at once - between walking around on razors and spitting up on everything, there are days... but then they look like this, or fall asleep in my lap and all is forgiven), and Miss Santolina, in particular, asleep with her head against that book.
But mister Tamlin would not cooperate. As I knelt there for nearly 10 minutes (I could hardly get up afterward) daughter and I were unable to distract him from his tongue bath. When I finally DID get him to look out, so I could get his profile in the sun, Lina picked her head up. It's like trying to get a portrait of kids! This child's face is perfect, but the others weren't looking at the camera. Oh here they're almost all fine, but this one put his finger up his nose. Oy!
So I just cut and paste what I wanted using paintbrush (I don't own anything more sophisticated for editing) - close enough - and I'll fiddle the drapery back together in the drawing. I stretched Tamlin a bit, because in the original photo he just didn't extend far enough to the left for me, leaving that half of the composition too unoccupied. He was also too small. I pasted in the version of Lina I wanted, though I had to fiddle the size some to get it to nearly match the book and couch around her in the other photo. You can see corners giving away my band-aids.
I'll show the drawing, once I do it, before any painting begins. I've never painted something with this much contrast before - that will be the challenge. Show the light! Not sure if this can remain just watercolor, or if it will become a mixed media piece - I will do whatever seems to work.
Then this other picture here is of the random lines that I'm still exploring. I had so much fun drawing blind contours from the deadhead crowd scene at Jerry Garcia's funeral (photo in a book in the mountains - see results on previous blog posts) that I Flickr'd for more deadhead crowds and "felt" my way around heads, collars, hats, t-shirts, etc. as the pencil wandered the page unseen.
I spent a good twenty minutes tonight just staring at this tangle, waiting for something to emerge, turning it 90 degrees and waiting again. Nothing yet. I added more lines and repeated (after this photo). Still nothing. I erased any lines or shapes that annoyed me. Still nothing. I'm used to this. It might take a while for anything to emerge - or I might have to add and subtract quite a bit more first. I'll know the moment when it arrives.
Dinner tonight with my brother, to catch up - probably no art time...