thinking out loud
I've made a series of four drawings in my new red Fabriano sketchbook. This is a narrative of sorts. This is a new project and new form for the measurement drawings. This first series is done with a refillable fountain pen. I can fill it to complete the entire book.
I'm starting another that uses a dip pen where we can see how many missives can be drawn with the dip of a pen.
This past week I spent some time on a barrier island listening to what the sand, sea, and sky had to say.
I've been commissioned to create a piece for a beach house. I'm planninga couple of sketch trips to capture some rhythms and a color samples that will be used in the drawing. The feeling of late summer was in the air everywhere I went.
Took this little snap on my visit.
Looking forward to my additional trips.
A couple presents that came in the mail this week.
A set of amazing Fabriano sketchbooks and a fabulous polka dot pencil case. destined for my art gobag. Thinking about little sketchbook projects. A book full of ink drawings? Tests required.
I'll have time in the studio this week.
Half the book is microperfed. Yeah.
I was organizing in my studio and came across three drawings I made a couple years back at the Jersey shore. I often go to the ocean to make drawings. I love sitting on the boardwalk or even in the car if it is raining and making marks that feel like that moment. I often create a series of glphs or make repetitive lines that define the consition of water or grasses, sand or sky. These drawings reminded me that I hadn't made any plein air in several months. I need to get outside and to look and listen to the rhythm of my surroundings.
I've really been unable to make any progress in my studio for the last two months. This is something new for me. It has never happened before. I'm internally motivated and I make lots of work all the time.
I've decided that I need to take some gentle action.
I started making small experimental sketches in my Moleskine. I've also decided to carry a couple more sketchbooks and pens in my art gobag.
When it is dark and you are pouring your french press into a mug be sure the mug is big enough to take all the coffee.
Yesterday while I was making room to do some drawing on the wall I had to manage some framed work. I have some little niches ouside my studio where we gather and chat so I hung two there. These are from my measurement series on watercolor paper. Stop by and see them.
I really like them by the red chairs.
I just think I need to hang them a tad lower.
It feels as though it has been ages since I've been in my studio.
I'm walking around boxes at home but they are slowly being discarded as belongings are absorbed into drawers and closets. I can't make art when I feel this kind of disorder. Soon I'll be able to get past the boxes and back into the studio.
Cleaning my studio reveals my addictions. I love using single edged razor blades. I prefer them to scissors or xacto blades; although I do have stocks of both. Everywhere I pick up studio debris I find another straight edged razor blade, aka Gem Blades. It's a danger zone for those who don't know the signs.
I'm crazy about having a sharp one so I'm always opening a fresh blade for fear of creating a tear rather than a clean cut.