For this piece I used a process kindly given to me by my lovely fellow blogger, Anita Murphy. I think Anita's charcoal work is fabulous and indeed all her work is a real inspiration to me. I'm not a huge fan of coloured papers like Ingres and prefer instead to use white paper but Anita's suggestion was to cover the white paper with a layer of charcoal and then to blend this with a paper towel to produce a mid-tone on which to work. You can then build the piece bit by bit by adding darks in charcoal and lifting out lights with an eraser and continue to push and pull the tones to get things just right.
I loved using this method, although you have to take extra care with lifting out since the charcoal sometimes lodges itself in the grain and can smudge rather than give a clean edge. I am very pleased with the result overall.
|Imagination lakeland landscape|