Everything in my studio is important to me. Each object holds memories of the work that has been created; they are my art partners. This stool has been in every creative space since 1977. At one time it was a tall stool with a back, but when I stopped working at a drawing table I removed the back. Somewhere along our journey the back didn't travel to the next studio.
in the studio
These images show the one result in the circular rhythms of creating and waiting. An empty ordered space allows the making of new things. Clarity comes from this sense of order. The process of making is messy.
My studio and I are now in the waiting place.
Today I spent most of the day cleaning up after the mounting matting and framing of work for the Heron Show.
I took all the finished drawings off the walls. Everything has been put away and now I'm ready to begin with something new. Another ink gift, orange sumi.
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.
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
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.
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.
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/
I've been making drawings like a mad woman. Here's a look at my studio prior to open studios.
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.