thinking out loud

POSTED ON Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 16:52

Yesterday I spent a long day in the studio and I revisited a couple of projects and started a new one. This is a drawing I started a bit ago and I wasn't sure where it should go. I began to make more marks and was pretty happy where it was going. But I made a choice which made me come to a screeching halt. I'm not sure if it will be ok or if I trashed the drawing. I'll see next time I head to the studio.

The thing that forced the breaks on is not in the snapshot I posted.

ink drawings layers
POSTED ON Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 09:58

Today I stared these drawings down.

Deciding to make some marks today — i pushed forward. Took out acrylic ink and made some new marks. I must admit that I played it safe by experimenting on only two drawings. One of each tonal fields. I'm happy with the dots created by using the dropper. The ink made little pools that hold a sheen. I'm pleased.

In the studio
POSTED ON Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 15:51

A long day in my studio.

It was a very long day in my studio but it felt all too quick.

I spent a good part of the morning cutting and punching papers. Then I began arranging. Then attached several pieces using tape or staples. Some very delicate pieces were attached with a double-stick material.

Now I am investigating some of the other materials I have saved over the years to add to the collages. I have some tapes and fasteners that may come into play. I have several papers I will punch with little round holes. Much more to do to extend the vocabulary a bit more.

my workbench june 2013
POSTED ON Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10:15

Thrilled to have four days of plein air drawing. So happy to have a place protected from the rain, just in case. We've had so much of it lately. Now, to make some drawings.

The basic kit includes:
- Fabriano Journal
- Rotring Sketch Pen
- Caran d’Ache Aquarelle
- Koi Water Brushes
and of course a few graphite pencils

drawing kit, plein air, art
POSTED ON Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 20:36

My analog holiday.

These are two drawings from the work I made plein air. The work I do in the open is my impressions of the environment I occupy. My vocabulary of marks is more limited. The smaller drawings require a tighter set.

drawing in my al genna sketchbook
POSTED ON Monday, May 27, 2013 - 17:01

I forgot my fav casual mountain wear this last trip to the woods. I was missing this pair of goodies. I guess I just didn't want to take them away from my studio in town. 

One of the most important needs for outdoor/cabin life is easy to slip on shoes to make the transition from the lovely wooden floor or deck to the trail to the little house. This trip can often happen in the darkness of the wee hours. It's what happens when you don't stop drinking at around 8 pm. One's brain is fuzzy and there isn't time for lacing and tying. These Crocs are indispensible gear.

outback crocs
POSTED ON Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 14:43

Today as I thought about the materials I will pack for my trip north to the mountains, I know my studio wherever it is, is a temple. It has a beauty external and internal. It has a stillness that is sublime. It is a place where there is no time.

three ink bottles and vellum sheets
POSTED ON Monday, April 29, 2013 - 16:42

Sat around with a cuppa joe working on ideas for organizing in the studio. My barn door needs some hardware and I've been working on some ideas to piece together plates and handles for a new better handle. These are some sketches for how to use flanges and plates. I'm measuring the door and doing more drawings. This is the start. I've also been doing some overhead storage. I'm expecting to be able to create a storage space for some framed work too. Right now just measuring and planing.

planning in my sketchbook.
POSTED ON Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 23:05

Nothing is more fun than sharing art adventures with my art gals. This is at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for the Female Gaze exhibition.  I think the title is absolutely stupid and I'm not interested in all of the art. But historically I felt an obligation.

POSTED ON Monday, April 1, 2013 - 14:19

When visiting ICA Philadelphia this past week I spied a piece by Virgil Marti by the reception desk. Nice.

Virgil Marti chandler at ICA PHL