square oranges

New work 12 x 12.

I've started making marks on the orange surfaces I've made in the past few weeks. This is the first larger one which is watercolor paper mounted on a cradle board.It was an effort to cover the area with my two stroke eliptical forms. Next I will fill the open spaces.

I've posted two images one from a normal distance, the other a detail.

Can't wait to get back into the studio to add the next layer.

little walnut drawings

Here's a look at the tools I'm using to make my walnut drawings.

This view gives you an idea of how the whole nature of the process of drawing informs what the work will be in the final state. The process is the drawing. This has been the case with all the drawings I have been making in 2014. No emotion, no memories, no composition. No consideration for anything but making the marks. No standing away from the drawing and assessing it.

The process makes its own demands

IN THE STUDIO : making walnut ink drawings

I've been making these very small drawings with walnut ink. They feel old, they feel like small twigs in the woods, they are cryptic.

I determined some criteria for making them based on the ink. The ink is in a very small pot. It is handmade and has a handwritten label on the lid. All of these details ask one to slow down and appreciate the moment of placing a sheet of paper on a drawing surface, opening the ink pot slowly. and dipping the pen.

Each dip and mark are their own voice.

Open Studios Weekend

This past weekend was Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. I'm recovering from two long days talking with people about my work in the studio. I rarely got a chance to sit down. This is a shot of my work table that day. The new pieces are orange and in the foreground. I am hoping to have them ready for a holiday show and sale that I have been invited to participate. In the background all six of my pencil drawings are now in private collections. Really thrilled.

in the studio : october

Two of my new series of drawings. Starting number three. I'm cutting new sheets of paper today. Hopefully I will be able to start one or two. It takes some waiting since some marks are made while the paper is wet.

I trimmed another strip of paper and will stretch new pieces for Sunday/

In the Studio : green takes over

A drawing just happened the other day. Yes just happened. I wasn't sure what I was going to make but my first decision to work with watercolor paper started a cascade.

For the first time in ages I cut a sheet of watercolor paper, dampened it, and taped it down. Laying down color happened immediately. I used markers filled with acrylic in and then let everything dry. I dampeded the paper again and added a wash. I waited for it to dry. 

Soundings selected for Perkins : Creative Tension by Maiza Hixson

I'm happy to announce that three of my soundings drawings have been selected for inclusion in Creative Tension, a juried exhibition. Creative Tension is an open media exhibition and this year’s juror is Maiza Hixson, Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art and Acting Associate Director for Programs at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington. Exhibition October 5 – December 7


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