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Being in the Woods Untalan Dennis and Mowat, Review

Being in the Woods unites Stella Untalan‘s ink drawings and Brian David Dennis‘ large cardboard construction titled, [bar], in a meta-magical art installation vibrating with the rhythms of the universe and nature. Minimalist drawings using walnut ink and a nib are serenely precise and flow with life energy. The repetition and hand/mind control pulses across the sheen of the paper like heart beats, the measure of time is palpable and flowing.

In the studio: February Commission

I've been working on a smaller drawing to test a process for my current commission. I've been in the studio for three days and made progress enough to visualize the much larger piece. The rhythm is working and the color patterns work. I can feel the ocean and its undulation.

Now it's time to think about mounting paper or not to make this drawing. The paper as substrate will make drawing on the surface a bit more fluid. I also want to make the marks a bit larger and absorbtion into paper will help the marks dry faster.

Heading toward Seeing Red.

Working on new pieces for SEEING RED an open call by Heavy Bubble. I love everything about the title and the color so I decided to participate.

I'm not sure why I just prepared two panels — time to add at least one more. Thiey have been sanded twice and gessoed once. When dry I'll add another coat of gesso. I'm torn about my surface finish dull or shiny. But I always like to apply and sand at least two coats of gesso. I like spending time with prepping the panels it helps me prepare to make something.

Sketchbook : drawing with inktense

My holiday gift of Inktense pencils is great for sketching and creating washes on the road in my sketchbooks. I love the way that I can get drawing marks into a background that includes a wash. 

These drawings are testing me — how I can make drawings across the rough finish of this watercolor paper. The pen jumps across the mogals and makes wonderful breaks in my lines. I'm embracing the surprise of these leaps and being as tenacious as I can to make the lines continue.

This drawing is a work in progress. I'm waiting to see what comes next.

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