Continuing on the theme of a Vocabulary of Elements, here are some of the black and white pieces I've done on 9"x12" cheap drawing paper. My vocabulary expands as I continue the series. Beginning with the dark black circular line/shape/scribble, the pencil scribble, the fine line, coarse line, and a pattern or two, I began to add other elements: the "ink spill" (actually High-Flow paint), the graphite smudge, and more patterns. Committing to a quantity of studies, and considering them studies, like hypotheses, seemed to encourage a gradual and organic development of vocabulary.
Here are a few of my favorites:
We'll be doing similar exercises in my Abstract Painting workshops this spring and summer. See: