I made some adjustments to the mounting process and got excellent results. I also didn't get impatient. Waiting for it to dry. One more sheet to mount this week.
When you have lots to do and no idea where to begin it's time for a cup of java and some experimentation. I pulled a couple new markers onto the worktable, grabbed a piece of Yupo and tested some marks that I like to use in different ways.
I layed down a group of stripes in different directions and waited for them to dry. My expectation was to drag some sharp objects across the surface to scratch out some marks. I tried using some T pins I had close to hand. Surprise, the Yupo stubbornly held on to the ink. Well, ok that was a discovery I can use in the future.
Yesterday I spent a full day in the studio.
Today I have another long day. It feels as though it's been forever since I've been able to spend several hours at a time working. Today I picked up a lovely breakfast and headed to the studio to make a latte and contemplate my next move. Here's a smap of my breakfast while get the studio set up. Studio breakfast from ICI in old city
Two of my measurement series drawings Amplitude 503 and Amplitude 570 have been chosen for this exhibition at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. The show is through January 2017.
This exhibition is a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, and patients to showcase individual creative expression through the arts. The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Bernett L. Johnson, Jr., M.D., former Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
My most recent work in progress consists of acrylic ink on Yupo. I love the milky translucency of this synthetic paper. I love the way light glints off the ink. I have been working on a series of small measurement drawings over the past few weeks.
These are two of the drawings I recently made and happened to stack on top of the other. A happy surprise. I'm not really sure if I want to give in to this stacking possibility but I'm working wit the series to see if they could be the focus of my show in June.
I have been working on several small sketchbooks recently. I have been making single pen dip drawings on each new recto.
I'm using different inks and different pens to draw in each book. These are two of the books I am working on. The orange book is made with a less flexible nib and acrylic ink. The yellow book has walnut ink drawings made with a flexible fine point nib.
The drawings create a linear tale made line by line and page by page.
I packed up my art gobag before the blizzard. It was essential that I be able to make drawings while the storm did its thing.
It was terrific to be sequestered with all my tools and sketchbooks and papers for days. Here are a couple pics of my unpacked bag spread out on the kitchen/dining table. It's days later and I still have the pop up studio working. It's wonderful to be able to make work at home too.
So now I am designing a small space that I can have drawing supplies here all the time and make my smallest drawings and books here.
Friday was my first studio day in weeks.
These are two of the drawings I made in the measurements series the first of 2016. I'm planning a large series that can be hung together to create a larger piece.
I'm deciding on the hues now and plan to draw quite a number of small pieces.
This is the start.
It's been weeks since I spent time in my studio.
But today I got some time to be there. Be there. I began by lighting a candle and incense. Then I walked around my worktable and slowly began to select tools that would be used and those that would be put away. I hung unfinished pieces on the walls to revisit at another time. I circled my worktable until the area was ready for me to make drawings.
I had selected my pens, my ink, my substrate.
It's been difficult getting some steady time in the studio. Luckily I picked some work that requires waiting. The panels are prepped and ready for drawings to happen. I love the process of getting ready to make a drawing almost as much as making the drawing itself.
I stood looking at them and looking at them. That untouched white surface was as you would expect — difficult to approach.