POSTED ON Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 16:11
I've begun the new series of ALLSORTS for 2020. I've gessoed some smaller panels but have begun drawing on some of 12 x 12 inch ones.
This group is a different color set. I'm looking forward to using what I learned from my 4x4 drawing project last year to create some new patterns from repetition. I've already been pleasantly surprised by the results so far.
if you know my work you know that there isn't economy of scale. I don't make larger marks - I make more marks. I hope you'll follow what I'm doing in 2020.
POSTED ON Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 08:55
I'm looking at unframed works and some frames I have in the studio. This is one of my pieces on Yupo that looks good in this frame. I usually like more space around the drawing so i'm not sure.
This is one of my Measurement drawings and I hope to have it available at Philadelphia Open Studio Tours in 2020.
POSTED ON Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 17:14
I've begun a new series of Allsorts drawings. They are made on 6 x 6 inch birch cradled panels. I've selected a color palette for the backgrounds and begun a series of color tests.
These are the drawings I've made so far. I'm about to prep another dozen panels this week. Looking forward to showing more detailed images.
POSTED ON Monday, December 16, 2019 - 16:14
I’m working on my coffee table catalog for my upcoming 4x4 project 2019 exhibition.
In case you haven’t been following my project I’m adding a link to my website journal post. This image is a sampler of four drawings. I’ve been posting an occasional drawing here on Okuna. The drawings are only 4x4 inches square; I think that’s about 10x10 cm I’ve been making drawings all year and have some 400 already.
original project post >
#contemporaryart #drawing #abstractart
POSTED ON Monday, December 16, 2019 - 12:13
This year I used some found paper from one of our rituals — the assembly of IKEA furniture.
So many people complain about their assembly instructions which we find pretty darn clear in most circumstances. What's really tricky is actually counting everything in the box at least twice, deciding if their directions need to be followed in exactly the order they give you, and of course hacking the furniture by changing knobs, painting parts.
I made some annotations on each book. They are observations and suggestions to make the experience better.
POSTED ON Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 16:32
I began prepping two new panels this past week. It takes time to: gesso and sand and gesso and sand; to get the surfaces prepared to receive a color background before I begin to draw.
I'm at application number three and I'll be sanding at my next visit. If the surface feels even and smooth I'll hang the panels on my drawing wall.
then I will sit and contemplate what colors I'll apply and what marks to make.
POSTED ON Friday, November 8, 2019 - 16:40
Embarking on a new series of repetitive measurements drawings. This new drawing in the series is made with a steel brush. I love the feel of the brush on the paper. The fact that it is a watercolor paper it's rough surface and absorption create some amazing marks. I've just begun testing viscosities of ink.
White ink on Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress
9 x 12 inch
#art #drawing #minimal #ink #repetitive #meditative
POSTED ON Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 10:56
4x4 2019, is the result of a drawing-a-day project — making at least one drawing each day. This project involved the use of four-inch squares of paper of various weights, colors, and surfaces. I found that many small pieces could be cut out of remnants of paper in my studio.
POSTED ON Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 22:09
Divided but not Equal And Almost Random. Ink and pencil on Black Fabriano. My 4x4.2019 project. It’s impossible to make repetitive marks without the revealing of pattern and density.
My 4x4.2019 project. Another 4x4 inch drawing. The project is coming to a close. Only a few more weeks ahead. These are a couple drawings that feel like a pair.
POSTED ON Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:41
Having that morning cup with a number of new drawings completed in the 2019 project.
Reviewing the work completed and working on getting finished drawings signed and put in little stacks in bags. This project surprises me each tim I group the drawings into stacks and put them in my small drawing flat files.
I love these year long projects and I find that mking these small drawings is waking up old ideas and instigating new ones. Tomorrow will involve tearing more sheets.