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All my past blogs have all been history. This is now. I am returning to ribbon people. I have used them before. I really like the movement and energy of the forms, their relation to negative space. They are challenging with ink and brush, but I cut myself some slack with over painting. This image is the 49th ink drawing. I could have gone on seeking perfection, but there has to be a limit.
I took a linen canvass, gessoed it until it was relatively smooth, and coated it with Liquitex Titanium White mixed with Liquitex Gloss Medium. It took two coats, brushed first horizontally, then vertically. This is the paper. I mixed Liquitex Ivory Black with Liquitex Gloss M.edium to a brushable consistency with just enough black to create a nice gray when thin and a dark black when thick. This is the ink. I have to admit, if you”re fast, you can erase a brushstroke with a sponge dampened with water. This is not to be abused. The painting could go on forever. This image is the female figure. The male figure is next. Then I will be done with The Beginning.