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.
in the studio
I began a series of marks on a piece of engineering vellum this past week. It revealed some very compelling patterns. After a very interesting conversation with art bud Brian Dennis I took to a new drawing. Looking to make a larger drawing. One with the same mark over and over.
These images are my first effort. The rhythm/pattern is revealing itself.
This is the result of three days of drawing. I'm looking forward to working on this drawing again and the others that will come after it. I have a whole drawer of Yupo sheets that can be the surface for these drawings.
Marks side by side.
Another experiment on white Yupo with my new marker and acrylic ink. I'm enjoying this adventure into everything synthetic. So strange trying to control the quality of the line as it glides across the surface. I find this an exciting alternative to my rag paper and traditional inks. The other side of the coin in a way. I enjoy both and switching back and forth always keeps me sharp.
This drawing is in it's early stages. I don't know if it really will be something but the trip has been worth it so far.
This past week I pulled out an experimental drawing on Yupo. I've been looking for additional tools to make marks I discovered while making my 366 project.
This week I have been doing some experiments with an ink marker.
These are new green marks I added. I'm pleased with the result but the drawing still isn't finished. It hasn't heald my attention. I've hung it on a studio wall while I try to discover what I'll do next.
This new drawing was inspired by my recent walnut ink drawings.
Where the walnut ink is subtle the acrylic ink I used for this drawing and a humber of others is not. Still there is an amazing variation of hue and intensity. This drawing and a number of others consist of 18 lines drawn and stacked on a single small sheet. This would fit in a 9 x 12 inch frame.
I often draw brown marks in the spring. These recent drawings are like little sticks. The drawing wants another mark. Something warmer? Not sure yet.
This is another drawing I began and set aside. I pulled it out this week and added a series of lines. It needs more work. I'm interested in maintaining the presence that the white lines have.
It's hanging on the working wall now so that I can approach it again. It may take some time to discover what is next. I'm ok with that.
Back in the studio. It take lots of energy to make a drawing especially a large one. To get back in shape I have been making small drawings. These drawings were made with my new nibs and gift walnut ink,
These lines feel like little twigs.
I made a series of eight on Rives BFK. This is the begining. So tempted to leave them just the way they are. The quality of the line is so amazing. I do have ideas for what will come next but I need to do some experimentation with how the ink will respond when I add a layer on top.
It's always an interesting experience when I make one of something. My mode of operation is to create a series of drawings and watch what happens in the repetition as I move from one drawing to the next. I do this to get deep into a space where I let the marks reveal themselves by the physical gesture that dominates at that time.
I arrived at the studio very early this morning. Made a pot of coffee and solved a couple construction problems.
Then it was time to clean off all the surfaces so I could take out sheets of paper. It's been weeks since I've had time enough in the studio to really work on anything brand new. I decided to take a look at some drawings that I had started as early as a few weeks back. This would help me get past the what do I do feeling that I get when I'm not focused on a particular project or series of drawings. It's like getting reintroduced to some long lost friends.
I have been surviving a studio in disarray.
Now I have put away or given away things that have cluttered my space and my mind. Soon there will be a quiet space in which I can hear the sounds of my next drawing.