Sunday, January 27, 2008

working in ink

horse eyeThere is nothing like using ink to force me to work quickly and freely, thinking in terms of light and shadow.

The ink is water-based and dries rapidly (especially on hot days). I can't erase mistakes or spend time agonising over little details. Plus I have to keep painting until the ink I've decanted is all used up (it would be terrible to let it dry up in the ink well!). I just love the deep blacks that are possible with good artists' ink.

This is the first of six, done v quickly on a hot Australian day (yes, it's summer over here!).

2 comments:

Daniel said...

Just had to point out that you have summer at the moment, had you? Here it's 2 degrees and raining...

Ophelia Keys said...

sorry!