It was a long day in the studio. I spent a considerable amount of time experimenting with new materials for a series of works on paper. I have been cutting pages of text from a number of exceptional design magazines to use in these works. The quality of these magazines means there is a great deal of care that had been taken in setting the type. That kind of care creates a color and rhythm over paragraphs.
I used one such page to create these test sketches.
Starting a new series called 18 lines.
Each of these drawings will only have 18 lines. I began a test on a synthetic paper with graphite yesterday. The quality of the lines are what I was looking for, but the visual experience from a distance is not.
These are repetitive, meditative pieces a response to the sounding series.
For my last series of drawings I constructed an acetate mask to make the background color fields on which I would place my marks. This was successful and I like that way of creating color fields. But I want to make a different single stroke mark. I could use a brush to do that but it would use too much pigment for the surface I want.
This is one of a new series of drawings called soundings.
The individual drawings do not have names yet — I'm still spending time with them discovering their true identity. They are on luscious Rives BFK White 22 x 30. The blue field is 6.5 x 14 matte. I've used different grades of graphite for the grids and the dots are white drafting ink. I'll be showing several in April, details to come.
Preparing to show some work.
I've begun framing some work I'd like to show and some for upcoming sale opportunities. Framing is something I find therapeutic. It's a process that requires concentration and manual skills. I find comfort and quiet in doing it. I usually do the framing for small shows and studio sales.