Experimentsing with cradleboards. I've always like the finish and I like working in pairs. This is sanding them down to accept paper or gesso. It will take a couple passes to make them just smooth enough. I'm mounting paper on one and gessoing the other.
in the studio
When I started the day this surface was full of stuff. Everything has been put in its place. Progress. Now I can use this counter for trimming some sheets down to size.
Lots of special items pinned to that wall.
Shelves are starting to look like my studio again.
Here's a look at things as they are now. Made huge progress. The space is almost ready to make some large pieces again. I've got new things on the wall looking to be framed. Tomorrow is day three of the studio marathon.
I have been working on this drawing on and off for months. It goes on the wall, into that flat files, and comes out again. This is a ritual for this piece. But this week I was showing it to artist Amy Ralston during a studio visit and what I need to do next became clear. The drawing is on the wall and we'll have a conversation later today that I think may end our ritual.
Yellow seems to be the color this month. I also have started a line drawing on Yupo that i'm really starting to embrace.
A few of my walnut ink drawings.
I'm trying to get the work in the flat files organised again. It was ok then not. I'm moving storage for smaller drawings ans long term storage to archival boxes. I have lots of smaller drawings like these that swim around in the flat files. I need to have them be more managable to store and show.
This is the beginning.
I'm actually looking to frame the small ones for a show/sale in November.
This week many new changes have taken place in my studio. The big one is rearranging storage. That task includes many descreet efforts. But more enjoyable is the pruning of my ficus marginata. I have had this tree over a decade. I have treated it when it had bugs. I have trimmed away branches when it has gotten a little crazy in it's spring spurts. This time Margaret is doing a careful effort to help it sit in a spot where we won't run into it and injure it's leaves on a regular basis.
The looks super spiffy now.
I've begun making my large drawing for my upcoming exhibition. It will be fifteen feet. More details as the work continues.
Last week I began testing an indigo ink.
I have made a series of drawings since March that are the result of repetive marks and the visual rhythmns derived from the depletion of ink in my dip pen. When I make these drawings my mind is empty and the result of the process is a complete surprise.
Another in my new series of ink drawings on Yupo.
I was well into this drawing. Only a few rows short of being finished. All I could hear was my breath, the tap of my pen on the Yupo surface. I had just filled my pen when a vibration and a door slam startled me.
The result, a splat.
I gathered myself and decided to finish the drawing. Title 3060 splat
They are alive! Organic forms that I began experimenting with this month. I have ideas that will allow me to use them as repetitive marks. More test drawings are planned. I'm making small idea sketches. Larger drawings to come after I finish my current series.