Artist REGI CANTWELL Online Studio

  • Walk the line Wednesdays: Week 28

    Continuing to examine Paul Klee's famous quote "a drawing is taking a line for a walk", I'll be attempting to challenge myself by adding a drawing a week to this blog, mind you, the idea for me is to keep it as simple as possible, laying down only the lines that are needed to communicate the idea.

    As usual, to see how these mere thumbnail sketches designed to be used for composition & value maps can be instrumental to the success of fully completed painings, check out the Gallery or the Available works pages on this site. Some of these will be developed into studies, others full blown paintings & quite a few left as is, in anticipation of future development. Priorities, right!?

    Week 28:

    (WW sketches 28)

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  • Oh how I miss those Western Skies: Part 1

    Oh how I miss those Western Skies: Part 1
     
    So I'm just past the mid way point of the year long challenge (Walk the line Wednesdays) of posting a simple sketch, once a week, using 'line' only to communicate an image as quickly as possible. This was initiated in the spirit of examining Paul Klee's famous quote "a drawing is taking a line for a walk".
     
    That said, I decided to step out from the project for a moment and see what rules can bend & how far the theory
    can be pushed, I attempted a value study using all 10 value levels from White to Black, sadly it did not work. Too many competing values, when what was needed was the illusion of a complex value scale by their juxtaposition to one another in varying combinations, creating a richer depth of field overall, despite the softness of the end result, there can still be drama.
     
    I followed up with this 5x7" value study using only 5 levels and made 'no lines' at all. I just pushed graphite powder around the page, using a small brush and an assortment of erasers,  until the image took the shape, weight and tone I was seeking to represent those 'Western Skies', where you can see the thunderstorm coming at you for what seems like three days grace.
     
    So to the question. Without lines to take for a walk, how best to describe a dry graphite painting?
     
     
     
    "Western Sky 1"
    5x7" Graphite on Stonehenge
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  • Walk the line Wednesdays: Week 27

    Continuing to examine Paul Klee's famous quote "a drawing is taking a line for a walk", I'll be attempting to challenge myself by adding a drawing a week to this blog, mind you, the idea for me is to keep it as simple as possible, laying down only the lines that are needed to communicate the idea.

    As usual, to see how these mere thumbnail sketches designed to be used for composition & value maps can be instrumental to the success of fully completed painings, check out the Gallery or the Available works pages on this site. Some of these will be developed into studies, others full blown paintings & quite a few left as is, in anticipation of future development. Priorities, right!?

    Week 27:

    (WW sketches 27)

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  • Walk the line Wednesdays: Week 26

    Continuing to examine Paul Klee's famous quote "a drawing is taking a line for a walk", I'll be attempting to challenge myself by adding a drawing a week to this blog, mind you, the idea for me is to keep it as simple as possible, laying down only the lines that are needed to communicate the idea.

    As usual, to see how these mere thumbnail sketches designed to be used for composition & value maps can be instrumental to the success of fully completed painings, check out the Gallery or the Available works pages on this site. Some of these will be developed into studies, others full blown paintings & quite a few left as is, in anticipation of future development. Priorities, right!?

    Week 26:

    (WW sketches 26)

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  • Walk the line Wednesdays: Week 25

    Continuing to examine Paul Klee's famous quote "a drawing is taking a line for a walk", I'll be attempting to challenge myself by adding a drawing a week to this blog, mind you, the idea for me is to keep it as simple as possible, laying down only the lines that are needed to communicate the idea.

    As usual, to see how these mere thumbnail sketches designed to be used for composition & value maps can be instrumental to the success of fully completed painings, check out the Gallery or the Available works pages on this site. Some of these will be developed into studies, others full blown paintings & quite a few left as is, in anticipation of future development. Priorities, right!?

    Week 25:

     

    (WW sketches 25)

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  • Walk the line Wednesdays: week 24

    Continuing to examine Paul Klee's famous quote "a drawing is taking a line for a walk", I'll be attempting to challenge myself by adding a drawing a week to this blog, mind you, the idea for me is to keep it as simple as possible, laying down only the lines that are needed to communicate the idea.

    As usual, to see how these mere thumbnail sketches designed to be used for composition & value maps can be instrumental to the success of fully completed painings, check out the Gallery or the Available works pages on this site. Some of these will be developed into studies, others full blown paintings & quite a few left as is, in anticipation of future development. Priorities, right!?

    Week 24:

    (WW sketches 24)

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  • "It's too late to be scared"

    I was taking a line for a Walken this guy showed up and proceeds to offer unsolicited advice which as usual was incoherent - until it wasn't. Every Artists portfolio has to have at least one version of Christopher Walken. I guess he thought it was time for me to engage in that rite of passage.



    I initially intended to frame him in his own words, using some of his more familiar quotes/monologues, but was soon faced with the dilemma of - which one?  There are so many delicious gems to choose from and every fan has a favourite.   From the sublime 'Lion' speech of Poolhall Junkies to the equally threatening and yet ridiculous 'WRONG TONE' bit from Joe Dirt. To impose mine, could potentially minimize anothers.

    Art is supposed to be as much about what the viewer brings as what is on the canvas, so I left it open. I opted to let that half lidded laser stare do the work, seeking to find the moment when every speech he does is at it's culmination and you KNOW that the veiled threat is real and very imminent. The hope is that when you make eye contact - the words that define the actor for you will ring in your own ears. But in his voice.

    Better than a stab in the face with a soldering iron.

    "It's too late to be scared"  8x10" Mixed media on Stonehenge.
    Original and reproductions available / Contact me for more details.

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  • Walk the line Wednesdays: Week 23

    Continuing to examine Paul Klee's famous quote "a drawing is taking a line for a walk", I'll be attempting to challenge myself by adding a drawing a week to this blog, mind you, the idea for me is to keep it as simple as possible, laying down only the lines that are needed to communicate the idea.

    As usual, to see how these mere thumbnail sketches designed to be used for composition & value maps can be instrumental to the success of fully completed painings, check out the Gallery or the Available works pages on this site. Some of these will be developed into studies, others full blown paintings & quite a few left as is, in anticipation of future development. Priorities, right!?

    Week 23:

    (WW sketches 23)

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  • My Beautiful Aunt Ellie, the Matriarch of our clan.

    My Beautiful Aunt Ellie, the Matriarch of our clan, displaying a portrait completed at the suggestion of David Keough. Thanks David for the nudge I needed and Maria for being the special person you always have been. Blessings to both of you.

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  • Walk the line Wednesdays: Week 22

    Continuing to examine Paul Klee's famous quote "a drawing is taking a line for a walk", I'll be attempting to challenge myself by adding a drawing a week to this blog, mind you, the idea for me is to keep it as simple as possible, laying down only the lines that are needed to communicate the idea.

    As usual, to see how these mere thumbnail sketches designed to be used for composition & value maps can be instrumental to the success of fully completed painings, check out the Gallery or the Available works pages on this site. Some of these will be developed into studies, others full blown paintings & quite a few left as is, in anticipation of future development. Priorities, right!?

    Week 22:

    (WW sketches 22)

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