Saturday, April 4, 2015

Black and White Studies

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:

13 comments:

  1. It also helps you I'm sure to have them all on one page like that to refer to.
    Sue

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  2. I just love, love ,love all of them. Look great individually and look great as a group together. Simple, strong and graphic. I am happy to see them stay as they are as final pieces of work; however, I am curious what you'd do with them next and what the final pieces would look like if/when they make it to your gallery for sale. Cool indeed!

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    1. Oh, I have no idea. I am working on two pieces that are 30"x44", loosely based on this idea. I will certainly crow about them if they make it to completion. Just ordered 25 more sheets of the 30"x44" paper, so the plan is to keep working that size for a while, see what happens.

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    2. 30"x44" wow! Looking forward to "seeing" them. May I ask: with this sort of size, why not canvas or board or panel instead of paper? Any particular reasons not to go for them? Or you just prefer paper to other substrate? Thanks for sharing your stunning work/studies. Inspiring, inspiring, inspiring!

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    3. Paper is so much easier to store, and I'd like to get more comfortable with this size before attacking canvases. I'm also working on 3'x3' canvas, though.

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  3. Great works. So miss your lessons)

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  4. Jane, I think those first two are really powerful and evocative. You never fail to inspire. Thanks for all you share. It means a lot. Hope to catch a class soon when life calms down here.

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  5. I agree, your generosity to share your method growth is a testament to your confidence and you lack of fear of infringement. We all grow from the experience, especially if we give it a try. Thank you for you commitment to these weekly postings.

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    1. Thanks, Selena. I'd be delighted if everyone who wants to would give this PROCESS a try. See what happens when you take a few elements and make 25 studies. I would never consider that infringement. We each have our own artistic voice, and in my workshops and blog posts I try to suggest ways of finding it or expressing it.

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  6. It's so exciting, what you can do with so few elements.

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  7. As always, fascinating and inspiring!

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