Last week’s Art Journal Adventure prompt was to use black. I know a lot of artists who avoid black, including some who think black should never form part of an artist’s palette, but I am not one of them. You may have noted that I use black a lot. In fact, I have no doubt that black and grey probably feature more in my artwork than any other colours (and, yes, I know black isn’t technically a colour but whatever). I like to use it along with a pop of colour. It’s kind of one of my jams. I am quite comfortable working in monochrome. It may be partly laziness and partly down to limitations of time but I like working with a very limited palette. All of which is to say that for me to use black was not much of a challenge really. My challenge, therefore, was to create visual interest and texture while only using black and grey. I used the Ecoline liquid watercolour used in my previous art journal page for the background. Once I added the black, I realised what a warm grey it is but I opted to use it because I liked the way it pooled to create blossoms and blooms for a bit of soft visual texture. To create the visual texture on the figure’s clothing, I did the old sprinkle salt onto wet watercolour trick. I went entirely overboard with the salt, however, as I was rushing to get out the door to my youngest son’s Open House night at school. Better than ingesting that quantity of salt I suppose but it was definitely too much. No time to even attempt to rectify my action, of course, so I let it be. It definitely resulted in visual texture, that’s for sure.
The added salt was a nice touch to this dramatic setting. I always enjoy reading your narratives, Laura.
Thank you so much, Sharon. 😀
My MnL once ask me why I wore so much black. It is slimming . LOL
The salt really does add to the overall effect. I wouldn’t say” too much”.
Thank you! I also used to wear a lot of black. When I was teaching High School, almost my entire wardrobe was black and grey. I only started wearing more colour in recent years.
Black, Ravens, Rainbow and I’ll add Butterflies!
A lot in common.
Somewhere Over That 👉🏼Rainbow
Quoth the Raven, Nevermore
Now you have me imagining Poe’s version of the Wizard of Oz. Thank you for reading and commenting.
My first post was about Edgar Allen Poe, The Alien Poet. Poe attended West Point But was kicked out!
The rumor is that when told to report for a drill wearing belt cartridges, he did as ordered.
He arrived wearing the belt but also stark naked!
Ha ha ha! I love that story and sincerely hope it is true.
Wrote a post about that.
Sometimes feeling ‘stark naked’ in the WordPress fish blog!
Can you provide the link in a reply? I had a look at your blog but couldn’t spot it. I would love to read it.
I deleted my first blog along with over 150 posts!
I will have to search thru the likes on my wife and daughters sites. I will repost it when found.
I was able to recover ‘Somewhere Over That Rainbow’ from my daughter’s like.
It was a popular post even though I have few followers!
Superb ! And, indeed, black is OK. Most of engravings are just black. Aren’t they art ? Bravo, Laura !
Thank you. And I quite agree.
This makes me think of PJ Harvey.
I see it now you mention it. I now wish I had deliberately aimed for a more PJ Harvey look. She’s very striking.