I was working on my new sign for the studio. I designed the blade format for Steve our landlord. It gives each artist a place to do some decorative arts for their space. The bottom part of the sign has my studio number and I get to do what ever I want to the top part on each side of the blade. I decided that many of my drawings don't read well from a distance but that this new one, a direct result of my drawing-a-day series would work well. I'm hoping that I can have another that will work well for the opposite side.
One of my favorite pens. It makes amazingly wonderful lines. I love using transparent ink. These are a couple experiments inspired by my #drawingaday project. More and more the #drawingaday project is having impact on my studio work. These are some of my lines in the studio last week. The glide of ink on the synthetic paper was fabulous and I'm looking to use ink for my 18 lines series. Memory landscapes.
Prepping the surface of a sheet of Yupo. Not knowing where this is going — the heat helps sorta. The first surface application dries so quickly that a second application tears away some of the previous application. This is how it starts. The unexpected already. Conditions are taking control of my art-making.
I want to make some modular drawings —ones that I can assemble into larger pieces. This past week I spent some time thinking and testing how I would accomplish that goal.
The drawings that I have been experimenting with are on synthetic paper that is translucent. They are related to the sounding series. My marks test the boundaries of the sheet of paper and the number of marks that can be made using one fill of the pen or drawing implement.
Last week I finally got back into the studio. I wasn't feeling like I would be productive but, something happened and I began experimenting with a new drawing that in a relative of the sounding series. I'm not sure this is the language for the whole series but I have found some new interactions that need more investigation. I only made one drawing. It took me more than 8 hours. Will I make more or make something different? Not sure yet.
The first draw of white matte undercoat.
I used a plastic putty knife to drag a thin layer a skin of sorts in a long stripe. The sheet is Yupo. That means anything applied to the surface must air dry. That can take a considerable amount of time. I was pleased with the variation of the white paint. The translucency is perfect for the metaphor of sounding.