I hope everyone is doing okay. Today I’m posting a couple of things I did over the weekend. I hope you enjoy them.
Red Bird, 2020, ink & watercolour on 300lb coldpress, 8 x 10 inches
I found a little scribble in an old sketchbook and decided to turn it into a drawing. The watercolour gives the piece the feel of a children’s book illustration. One of the faces is even smiling, albeit a little wistfully, which is fairly unusual in my art.
Yellow Skull, ink on archival illustration board, 10 x 8 inches
This piece was more or less freestyle. I love playing with the hard silhouette of a profile. This character’s head has the shape of a flea. The foreground character was meant to evoke a death’s head moth.
Both of these pieces are available.
I haven’t posted here for a while because I’m working on some larger projects. In the meantime thought it would be fun to round up a few orphan works. These works were created more or less as materials or technique exercises, or explorations of certain ideas. Hope you enjoy this peek at my process.
Watcher, 2018, ink with watercolour tint, 10″ x 8″
This drawing done for fun. It is a brush and ink drawing with a watercolour tint. The underlying monochrome base bled, which gives the piece its mottled appearance.
Dark Brotherhood, 2018, acrylic on watercolour board, 10″ x 8″
I really like this piece and hope to use this technique more in the future. The image itself is essentially the same composition at the piece above.
Forester, 2018, acrylic on watercolour board, 10″ x 8″
Another acrylic piece.
Blue Mask, 2018, watercolour, 6″ x 3″
Yes, this is ugly and a little forlorn. It was basically a stress test for the paper. I kept loading pigment to see what this very thick watercolour paper could absorb. The painting is very tiny and unfortunately its difficult to see properly on a screen. Up close, there are some interesting little passages, such as the one the detail below shows.
Aviator, 2015, watercolour, 11″ x 7.5″
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Aviator – detail
This watercolour is a study for a future oil painting. I wanted to give the figure an avian quality, hence the placement of the eye. The whole piece hinges on that pitiless eye! I think it’s also quite funny. I have a series of paintings in mind featuring monsters in remote outdoor settings. I plan on doing these in the coming months, probably spread out over the year. If you’re wondering what that might look like, Tadpole Tales (below) is the kind of thing I am talking about. Each medium has its own qualities to recommend it.
Tadpole Tales, 2014, oil, 8″ x 8″
Hunger, 2015, acrylic ink, 14″ x 10″
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I had to take advantage of the light this morning to do a watercolor (or strictly speaking an acrylic ink) painting. The paper wasp nest on the figure’s head is directly inspired by a yellow-jacket nest I’ve been watching over the summer in our garden. The recent cold mornings have killed off the nest, but over the past few months it was fascinating to watch the activity rise and fall with fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This figure is an anthropomorphic representation of hunger, a hunger that might be literal, but which I intended to be a more abstract.
Hunger – detail
13″ x 9″
© Richard A. Kirk 2014
I just finished this new work called Seven Sisters. The observant viewer will notice there were once eight sisters. Seven Sisters is available for sale in my Etsy store. Richard.