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Circle of Power

I haven’t posted here in ages. I’ve been very busy making sure that DrinkAndDrawMtl.com remains active and I’ve neglected my own blog. So I have a whole bunch of old paintings I need to post because I never shared them here but I decided to get started with with this painting I finished this morning.

I’ve had this thumbnail in my sketchbook forever but this week I saw the cover for The language of knives and I knew my skull had to be partially submerged in water. So I pulled out a big pot of water, my photoflood and my mi-light color changing led and started shooting references. While I was there, I shot every angle I could think of. I have 153 photos of a plastic skull in a pot of water.

Yep, skull in cold water.

Yep, skull in cold water.

Then I did a montage of the composition I wanted.

Montage in photoshop. I used the pot as a reference for the perspective on the circle.

Montage in photoshop. I used the pot as a reference for the perspective on the circle.

I transfered the drawing to my board. I used some darkish mdf that was prepped with 2-3  coats of matte medium. For the transfer, I print my design in black and white using my laser printer. Then I use a sheet of tracing paper coated with vine charcoal on one side as a carbon paper. I always reuse the same, and add charcoal as needed. I also have one with white conte on it which works fine.

Then I started painting my gradients and darks with raw umber, a very transparent pigment. I still dilute it with medium and a small amount of water. I work in a LOT of layers.

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I started with the gradient and the darkest darks. I work so transparent that I’ll need to build those darks in at least 8 coats. Also, that lets me define the drawing for when the lines are no longer visible.

Then a bit of unbleached titanium, to give me an idea of the value range.

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Detail of the light side. Unbleached titanium is a creamy pigment that doesn’t look jarring next to the subdied browns and beiges.

Circle of power, coat 1 has been painted. It's a mix of white and blue that gives very flat results.

Circle of power, coat 1 has been painted. It’s a mix of white and blue that gives very flat results.

I kept working on the darks. At some point, I started adding some transparent blue  (Createx fluorescent blue) it’s very liquid and easy to spread thin. It also mixes very well with the Createx white I use for flat colors, such as the circle of power.

My last touches were a mix of unbleached titanium and white Createx for the tiny specular highlights on the water edges and to show off the wetness of the skull.

That's it! More darks, more subtle blue, more coats on the circle of power. Just needs 4-5 coats of varnish.

That’s it! More darks, more subtle blue, more coats on the circle of power. Just needs 4-5 coats of varnish.

Then I framed it. I had bought this board with a frame I had and the match was perfect.

Framed and hung.

Framed and hung.

Of, and this thing wasn’t meant to be a piece of blacklight deco, but it happens to shine under blacklight, it just looks a bit weird when it does.

Blacklight! Everything that glows has some of the blue paint on it. It's a lot more subtle under regular light.

Blacklight! Everything that glows has some of the blue paint on it. It’s a lot more subtle under regular light.

So that’s it. This piece is for sale. I’m asking 220$ for it. Contact me for more info.

Itsy Bitsy Tout Petit Mini

(Voir en bas pour le français)

When Jon Schindehette first posted about the Tiny Pleasures challenge, I immediately dismissed the idea, thinking that 3 inches by 3 inches is WAY too  small for me to paint something that makes sens. Then I was peer pressured by my friends Sybiline and Louis-Philippe St-Laurent to enter the challenge. Well, to be honest, Louis-Philippe might not be aware that he pressured me, because he didn’t, Sybiline just said (I’m paraphrasing) :”You should do it, Louis-Philippe and me are thinking about doing it.” Ok, I admit it wasn’t hard to convince me.

I was considering ways of making tiny illustration boards that would be compatible with my way of working when I lucked and found these MDF and masonite boards in a craft store during a visit in Quebec City. So that removed my bigger obstacle. I did about 8 different compositions in Photoshop, picked my 4 favourites and painted away.

With any luck, these pieces will be on display at Spectrum Live this coming May.

The pieces in the scanner with a ruler for scale (and to keep them straight)- Les peintures dans le scanner avec une règle pour montrer l'échelle (et pour les garder droites.)

The pieces in the scanner with a ruler for scale (and to keep them straight)- Les peintures dans le scanner avec une règle pour montrer l’échelle (et pour les garder droites.)

Quand Jon Schindehette à publié son défi Tiny Pleasures, j’ai immédiatement écarté l’idée en me disant que 3 pouces par 3 pouces, c’est BIEN trop petit pour que je puisse peindre quelque chose qui a du sens. Mais c’était sans compter la pression exercée par mes amis Sybiline et Louis-Philippe St-Laurent. Honnêtement, Louis-Philippe n’est probablement pas au courant qu’il m’a mis de la pression, parce qu’il ne l’a pas fait. C’est Sybiline qui m’a dit : « Louis-Philippe et moi, on envisage peut-être de faire le Tiny pleasures, aimerais-tu ça? » Bon, j’admets que ça n’a pas été difficile de me convaincre.

J’ai considéré des façons de fabriquer de tout petits cartons d’illustrations qui fonctionnent avec ma façon de travailler, mais j’ai été chanceuse et j’ai trouvé des petits MDF et masonites dans un magasin d’artisanat durant une visite à Québec. Ça a enlevé mon plus gros obstacle. J’ai fait environ 8 maquettes dans Photoshop, j’ai choisi mes 4 préférées et je les ai peintes. Voilà.

Avec un peu de chance, ces œuvres seront à l’affiche en mai à Spectrum Live.

 

Chromosphère

I thought I was done painting for my upcoming show, I’ve been very busy with packing because I’m moving just before I have to go hang the show. Well, last night I found the time to sit and paint this. The graphic flame ring is inspired by Brom. It’s my first ever painting on wood panel and it’s a learning experience. The wood became rougher after being varnished, I didn’t expect that. I had to sand it down. I call it Chromosphère after the sun’s lower atmosphere, the part where we see flares and arcs.

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Chromosphère will be at my upcoming exhibition Des ventouses et des hommes at Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar in April. More info here.

War Witch – Last painting of 2012

I painted this during the evening of December 31st 2012. It’s my last painting of 2012.  War Witch, a movie about child soldiers, inspired the title. When she drinks psychedelic tree sap, the titular war witch sees ghosts of murder victims. They haunt her and, sometimes, they talk to her.

First step of the painting. I usually start with the darks but this time I started with the graphic pattern, then a first pass on the highlights. The highlights are unbleached titanium.

First step of the painting. I usually start with the darks, but this time I started with the graphic pattern, then a first pass on the highlights. The highlights are unbleached titanium.

Second step. I added the dark in raw umber I use thin glazes that I build up slowly. Just untinted medium makes the masonite darker and I can't remove paint or cover up mistakes with light paint, so I have to act with caution.

Second step. I added the dark in raw umber. I use thin glazes that I build up slowly. Just untinted medium makes the masonite darker and I can’t remove paint or cover up mistakes with light paint, so I have to act with caution. I try to preserve as much of the background color as I can, as midtone.

Finished image scanned. This is close to the actual colors.

Finished image scanned. This is close to the actual colors and it’s 8″x10″

One of my goals for 2013 is to build a separate website for my traditional painting. I will have a print store and I will also have originals for sale. Until then, if you are interested in a painting, you can always e-mail me at chantal (at) chantalfournier (dot) com