Sketch a Day 3

Day 3 already and here is today's sketch. Someone asked me how a painting can be a sketch - good question. A sketch to me is just a quick note of an image/concept I may want to pursue in greater detail, capturing the main elements as reference for a completed work. That is, a rough outline of the image using any medium really - in this instance I've used acrylic on linen - mainly because the linen was stretched and primed and ready to go which added to the sense of immediacy involved in sketching. Usually, I love the ceremony of preparing the canvas/linen for a new work - better still when I stretch the fabric over the wood - it's quite meditative and becomes part of the overall piece even though the viewer is not privy to this part of the creation.

The subject matter is a scribbly bark tree found in our local area south of Sydney - this is the beginning of me trying to reduce the image to its barest essentials without removing the soul for want of a better word...

 Sketch 3 Scribbly bark acrylic on linen

Sketch 3 Scribbly bark acrylic on linen