In the studio : October 2011

I spent a long day in the studio Sunday.

I walked over from home; took a different route and enjoyed the cool weather. By the time I got up to my studio I was feeling a bit more tired than invigorated by the walk. I decided I didn't have the energy to make drawings on the wall.

I poured a tall glass of water and put on a half pot of coffee as usual.

While the coffee was brewing I looked through my flat files at drawings that were unfinished. I came across several pieces that I had started last fall but didn't know where they wanted to lead me. Today they seemed to speak to me — i saw marks emerging. This would be perfect drawings on would do on the worktable would be a good idea since was feeling low energy.

The drawings are on synthetic paper. I had created a tonal wash with watercolor and a bit of gum arabic –i t increases watercolor brilliancy, gloss, and transparancy, giving greater depth to color.


This is the first on the series.


This is a closer look at the repetitive marks. I used a fixed width pen. The marks were drawn quickly embracing the rhythm in which four gestures create a single mark.


I decided to experiment with breaking my rhythm and skip a line or more on occasion. The most interesting loss of control happened when I decided to draw the marks in reverse from a set position.


A look at the broken rhythm.

I was expecting to be in the studio again today but my fatigue turned out to be a bug. Decided to stay home and continue on another day. These are images of the beginning of the work.

Pleased with the results so far.