“Torsten On Bass” Watermedia Painting Series
Welcome to Day Four of the 3-paintings-per-day-for-five-day (3-4-5) FB challenge! Today I'm featuring my "Torsten on Bass" series, and for a blog bonus, I'm adding a fourth piece. (Thank you Myrna Wacknov for inviting me to participate in the challenge).
The paintings in the series "Torsten on Bass" were inspired by photographs my husband took of some of our musician friends from Germany. We lived in Germany during the 1990's. We met and became friend with a local rock and roll band. They called themselves the "Lunatics United". I would say they were not "lunatics" but they were a fun, hard rock band. They had a vocalist, two guitarists, a bassist and drummer. Torsten played bass.
These paintings were done in 2008. I learned a lesson during the process of developing the designs that has served me well. I started by drawing from the photograph. I became frustrated because the drawing from the photograph did not express what I felt about the band or music.
After a few drawings, I put the photographs away. I created new drawings from memory, imagination and as a response to how music makes me feel. Oddly enough, the first "Torsten on Bass" has as much to do with the blues as it does with rock and roll. I liked the resulting figure and the muted colors.
After successful design number one, I naturally had to do some more. In designs II (Rock and Roll), III & IV, I thought about going to rock and roll concerts, the heat of the lights, the sound of the music and how it made me feel. Plus, I took more liberties with the figure.
What did I learn? By drawing from life or photographs first, I get the feel of the subject. Then, I let myself loose with memories, imagination and emotion. I create something that says what I feel about the subject. Plus, I have a great time.
I have rarely shown these works, although "Torsten on Bass" was exhibited in a juried show in Springfield, OR. In looking back at the images, I am pleased with the work. I wonder why I stopped!
Two of the pieces are in private collections: "Torsten on Bass – Rock and Roll" and "Torsten on Bass III". "Torsten on Bass IV" has never been shown, oddly enough. I did more drawings, but all of them are in sketchbooks put away in storage.
Its wonderful to be able to pull these paintings out and share them with you. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks!