I don’t often go on Twitter because it steals my life away, but I was on it for a while earlier today and shared a bit of a joke with some other women artists. We were all tomboys as kids and now we’re all grown up, we don’t do frocks and stilettos, fancy nails and killer heels. No, we slouch around in overalls, steel toecap safety boots and our nails are either full of ink and paint or chewed down to the quick. Manky Women Artists. MWAs, the new YBAs?
In keeping with the manky theme, here’s something I’m working on at the moment. I stretched some heavily soaked, ripped and distorted Arches paper, about size A0, against a large board and gave it a couple of coats of rabbit skin glue followed by a quick wash in yellow ochre acrylic as the ground. Then I used willow charcoal and compressed charcoal, scribbling and rubbing at random to get a varied background. I scrubbed at it with wire wool and sandpaper to pull out the highlights and now I’m putting in shadows and details with blocks of carbon. I normally work from life, but I’m trying to plumb the depths of my imagination with this one. It’s getting a bit Goya. And mucky.
If you’re a manky woman artist, come and join in on Twitter #MWA. If you’re a manky male artist, oo-er! Best keep that to yourself