POSTED ON Friday, January 22, 2016 - 19:48
It's been weeks since I spent time in my studio.
But today I got some time to be there. Be there. I began by lighting a candle and incense. Then I walked around my worktable and slowly began to select tools that would be used and those that would be put away. I hung unfinished pieces on the walls to revisit at another time. I circled my worktable until the area was ready for me to make drawings.
I had selected my pens, my ink, my substrate.
POSTED ON Saturday, January 2, 2016 - 18:46
It's been difficult getting some steady time in the studio. Luckily I picked some work that requires waiting. The panels are prepped and ready for drawings to happen. I love the process of getting ready to make a drawing almost as much as making the drawing itself.
I stood looking at them and looking at them. That untouched white surface was as you would expect — difficult to approach.
POSTED ON Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 19:43
This is what it looks like when I use Nori to mount watercolor paper to a panel. My long and short series is on 12 x 12 inch panels. Each drawing is a pair of panels and one has mounted watercolor paper for the surface. As you can see I am using the latest technology here to press and secure a sheet of paper for one panel.
Nori is slow drying so I usually wait 48 hours.
POSTED ON Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 17:14
I'v edecided to work on a larger version of my Radical Warp series.
Let's see what drawing a vertical version is like. This is the start of a new drawing and a photo of my studio with work in progress. I get some studio time again tomorrow.
POSTED ON Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 18:24
Spent another full day in the studio and was able to do some additional work on this panel of my long and short of it series. Each drawing is two panels.
This is the short panel.
It's still not ready. But it's now pretty close. This photo was taken while the ink for the current set of marks was drying.
POSTED ON Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 13:52
Recently I got a call from artist Lesley Mitchell inviting me to participate in a small works show. I was excited I have lot's of small works, how easy. Sure I'm in. Alas, nothing I had framed an ready met the size criterial. I've been makinging larger work it seems.
POSTED ON Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 07:58
I've been folding lots of paper into books for the upcoming RiTUAL Reading Room show. I've been pulling out found papers and papers I've saved. This will keep me open to possibities. I'm looking through drawers in my studio and pulling out sheets.
I have many ritials and I can make the actual act of making the books a ritual. Excited to investigate and think about by rituals. By thinking about my acts everyday and the act of making working I discover more of my personal rituals.
POSTED ON Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 17:35
All the panels have been gessoed for the second time. Now they will sit and dry thouroughly so I can sand them the next time I'm in the studio. Then I'll wipe them down and mount the watercolor paper. Meanwhile some folding. And I'll be framing a couple of those small drawings on the wall for a small works show.
POSTED ON Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 21:37
Time for some fine sandpaper a chamois.
Then the gesoo, then the sandpaper, and a brush. Dust away.
Then the gel, squeegee.
Paper and brayer.
Weights and wait.
POSTED ON Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 20:37
I've gotten serious about doing folding for RiTUAL. Reading Room. Last week and this week I'm folding several sheets and will begin drawing and marking them this week.
I'm also making some work on unfolded sheets which I will fold after the drawing is made.
The revealing of what the marks will do when they are reassembled as a folded book intrigues me.