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Be Leaf

© caz norton 2013
© caz norton 2013

Here is the second  piece of art from me this year.  Be Leaf.

This was a bit of a challenge.  Normally I will work to some kind of structure, outline or draft of what I am about to do.  Then add or subtract lines or shapes I like to keep as the work evolves. So it was a weird feeling starting a picture with none of those boundaries so to speak and to work completely freehand.  The background is pastel, followed by black ink, then pencil.  For any artist working over pastel in ink, even with a good spray of fixative it drains the life out of your ink pens, fast.  Pastel is so much fun though.  I ended up with Conte pastel in my hair (green is So not a good look), over my face in fetching blotches and of course smeared down my  jeans.  But I think you’ll agree the effect was worth it.  With all the ink in my pictures I use either a 0.2, 0.3 or 0.5mm pen nib.  Often I will add either ink in Indian or painted form, as in this work, to make the black much bolder.   Although it is an all absorbing task, it has been liberating and this is a first.

You are also viewing this without a watermark, which is as a conclusion of finally sorting out the copyrighting for my work.  Rather complex I might add, thank goodness for working for a Trade Mark Attorney previously, otherwise I would have not understood some of the lingo or process involved.  My website is the only place you’ll be able to view new and old work in it’s original format for full impact.  Social media accounts for Caz – Art remain stamped so to speak.

I have started a new drawing already, been writing some poetry and sorted out the massive washing pile, which waits for no man, before it starts making it’s way down the stairs begging for the washing machine.  But have also had my nose stuck in e-commerce stuff too.  I am trying to make it easier for people to buy prints of my work so have been researching an online shop.  I think I am nearly there in putting this into motion, so watch this space.

Thank you to everyone who’s been reading and viewing my Art.  I have also discovered some awesome bloggers that I am now following too.  You got to love WordPress!.

Take care out there, catch you soon!

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