5" x 7"
Pastel & Charcoal
An example of intuitive choices is given by this small painting that I did from memory. We have daily visitations by Whitetail deer at my house, and so reproducing one on paper doesn't require actually looking at one - memory is good enough. The trick, for me, is in rendering a four-legged animal because I almost never draw them. Anyway, this was the result of my memory sketch of the buck.
After this one hung on my studio wall with a piece of tape for about a month, I looked at it and wondered why I had made these linear and color choices. I realized that there are several layers of observation in this image, none of which I was thinking consciously about when I drew it.
Deer, while considered color blind, don't actually see in black and white, either. According to the science, they are supposed to see the the ultra-violet, and perhaps also the infra-red spectrum spaces. They have been shown to respond to blue, and possibly yellow. Why did I choose to bathe this image in blue? Was I thinking, at some level, about the way deer see? Consider also the fact that they aren't binocular in the same way that people are. They see outlines, but not much depth. Movement is the thing they respond to, and they trust less of what they see, but everything that they smell.
Whitetail Heaven shows the vague, broken outline of this buck, who is sniffing the air at dusk and he is in motion. Weird how this turned out that way. Strange, in fact.
Maybe I'm making too much of it. I gotta get out more.