Andrew — Pencil sketch in my Moleskin

Andrew in my moleskine

I’m taking a break from the grizzly bear painting for a few weeks. I need to not look at it for awhile, so I can see it with fresh eyes. Often putting a painting away for a while, and working on other things, allows me to get some distance from it and make better decisions once I go back. Things seem clearer, mistakes seem more obvious, and sometimes I think that the problems just work themselves out in my subconscious when I just give them some time.  The worst thing I’ve ever done to any painting is to keep on working when I’m beyond frustrated with it, and believe me, every painting goes through that stage! I’ve ruined a few paintings with my stubbornness and my dogged determination to finish at all costs. So not good! 
Going back to the plain old pencil, my first love, is like visiting an old friend. No surprises, just comfort. Knowing exactly what to expect…it’s nice, and safe. I can work for hours, and my mind wanders and time disappears. It’s easier for me than color, no huge decisions to make, nothing that will ruin the picture that can’t be fixed without an eraser. 
The wonderful reference photo for this one is from JonathanR on Flickr. You can see it, and more of his beautiful photography, here.
I’ve also posted about it at my Facebook page, here. Don’t forget to LIKE my page if you want to see more up to date work.

Published by Tahirih Goffic

After a tumultuous past as a goat milker, laundress, fine art major, waitress and restaurant owner, I've now downscaled to running my own Cafe/Gallery in an effort to maintain a social life and make a few bucks. I live a ridiculously idyllic existence in a fairytale village called Bella Coola on the West Coast of British Columbia with my charming musician husband, two amazingly creative children, and a dog whose favourite past time is eating rotten dead fish and rolling in poo. In my not so spare time I love to invent healthy whole food recipes, write YA fiction, play guitar, or curl up in my favourite chair with a great book and a gigantic mug of strong black coffee, all while daydreaming of living in Ireland...

One thought on “Andrew — Pencil sketch in my Moleskin

  1. Hi, I think it would have really come alive if you had toned in the background behind his head… then the tones on his face would have something to be related to. I don't use photos in my work but I think there's room for a lot of experimentation when doing so, eg. Francis Bacon.


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