It is actually oil rubbed on paper, not charcoal. The second time I went back to Barcelona I specifically looked for a street artist who could spoke english and explain the technique to me. I was lucky enough to find someone. I remember boring my two young children in tow and the very gracious female artist who shared freely with me.
So on return to the U.S. I started to work with this technique really fine-tuning it in 2010 when I drew every day for a year.
I am still really grateful I did that year in drawing. It changed me as an artist and is very much part of who I am and how I think today.
By Johanna Spinks
Oil on Paper
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