Pentimento

pentimento |ˌpentəˈmentō|        noun ( pl. -menti |-ˈmentē|)

a visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas.

ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from Italian, literally ‘repentance.’

Marks and Mark-making

I'm drawn to the primal intent I see behind the hand of the artist. One rising star in the world of editorial illustration who has not only managed to keep her 'hand' visible while transferring into the digital realm, indeed is all about pentimento, is Wesley Allsbrook. I think she is an amazing, resourceful and prolific young artist. I never tire of her work, she has a true and fresh vision. Her use of color is intuitive and gutsy.

Wesley does amazing things with water: physically, metaphysically and metaphorically.  © Wesley Allsbrook 2014

Wesley does amazing things with water: physically, metaphysically and metaphorically. 

© Wesley Allsbrook 2014

This is one of my favorite pages.

Scroll to the spread and double-click on "Taken by Pirates" for close ups. Each image has it's own beautiful palette. It is a shame that the huge typeface need cover her work, but that is the nature of commissions art directed by the patron. Her interpretation of the play of objects and light on and through water is assiduous and delicious. She often includes and is very generous with her process drawings on all her websites and blogs. I'm such a fan and can't get enough!

Here is her explanation of how she developed her interpretative skills as a student at the RISD.

More of her work:

http://www.wesleyallsbrook.com/

https://www.behance.net/wesleyallsbrook