I recently shared a piece that had been lingering in my studio, unfinished for years. On the verge of tossing this giant paper bowl I started years ago, I decided to ask for input from people who follow my work on social media. The response quickly reignited inspiration around the piece, and I decided to accept the challenge of finishing it. So I started to consider the necessary steps. In no time, a clear cut idea came to me. I wholeheartedly agree with Picasso, who said, "inspiration exists, but it has to find you working". I back tracked to make a quick sketch for clarity, and did a couple of others experimenting with alternate concepts. Here are two. I'm not sharing the final concept yet, but will be posting updates on my Instagram and other social accounts. Wish me luck!
I recently found a few loose pages from an old sketchbook. They are old sketches I did for a commission years ago that included several large scale Egyptian inspired pieces. I love Egyptian art, and I was going through my "Egyptian period" at the time, so this project was right up my alley!
I found this old drawing in my studio recently. I'm not sure what it was for (possibly a newspaper). But it's a reminder of all the different directions my work has taken me!
In the midst of a 2+ week studio reorganization, brought on by an inconvenience (read about that here), I found a few conceptual drawings done years ago for paintings I wanted to do. This is not abnormal, and does not mean the ideas were abandoned. Just tabled until the opportunity to jump in head first arises. It's been a practice of mine for years to sketch ideas while they are fresh in mind, even if it could be years before I get to them. No matter. I've trapped them on paper, napkin, scrap, whatever before they escaped. So I have catalogs of unfinished work at the ready. This sketch is one of those. Inspired by my love of libraries and knowledge. But until i can give it the attention it deserves, I won't touch it. I will likely clip it or pin it up somewhere in my work space, in my face until I can't stand the wait anymore. ~
Found some old soft pastel sketches. I can't remember what they were for, but I like the energy and color!
An old sketch found in the dog-eared little flip pad I usually keep in my purse. It's there for the sake of purging ideas as they hit so I can find them later, not for intensive studies. View a finished example of where this idea was going HERE.
A couple of quick composition sketches done a few months back to help me get some direction for a painting. A few months of short painting sessions later (between other projects), and it's complete. View (and buy!) the finished piece HERE.
A feed of original sketches by Renée
Renée Parker is a
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