My sketches “Moose Creek” & “Beaver Meadow, Whitney Creek” have been accepted for the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Juried show “Black & White”. They will be on display there from: Friday 2/10/2017 – Saturday 3/18/2017.
Some more studies for Valley of the Dolls
Bamboo & ink on watercolor paper
Calligraphy pen & ink on watercolor paper
Brush & ink on drawing paper
Did some ink studies for “Valley of the Dolls” today. It was fun working in ink again, as it had been a long while. Due to my love affair with the pencils I use I tend to neglect other mediums for long spells. I love working with ink though, its a very expressive and bold medium. Will try to work some more ink studies for this piece. I am happy with a few things that came out in the clouds and tree for these. Small, simple, quick but successful studies.
You can really put your whole body into a larger drawing. When I was younger I discovered I loved to swing my arm around when I drew. It helped me be more expressive in my work. Drawing at smaller sizes was confining, like being put in a box. As a result I never work smaller than 18″x24″ except on anatomy studies, and when working out technical problems. Even that size barely accommodates the motions I like to make when drawing.
Lately on by working on even larger drawings I have discovered the ability to put more of myself physically into working. I dance around while I am drawing. I lean, push and pull into and out of the marks I am making. I can slide across and around the paper. As the drawing builds I am able get a whole body rhythm going. I don’t have to put as much thought into it. It just flows out of me. It helps me express the energy I am feeling. Its totally a blast. Its incredibly expressive. Its something you can’t do working 9″x12″. There are hassles working this large, especially in pastels but I have found few greater feelings and for me it is well worth the rewards.
For me it’s drawing as movement=-]