I've been in awe of Mayako Nakamuro's
black and white work for a couple of years now since discovering her on Flickr
. The rawness and energy of the mark making is breath taking. See her work on Pinterest
Using her as inspiration, I began a series of 12"x12" black and white pieces, using India ink, graphite, acrylic, and crayon:
|1. I'm considering this and the two below provisionally finished.|
|A dozen or so pieces in various stages of the process|
|#2 above, in process|
|Another in process: a layer of marks, then a layer of paint|
|This is the first layer: India ink washes, graphite, pencil, and white Caran d'Ache crayon|
|Same materials as above, the first layer|
|This is the piece above, with a layer of paint.|
I'm finding working in black and white very freeing. It allows me to pay more attention to the quality of marks and the range of value. When stuck in a rut, it can be extremely helpful to look at the work of another artist and use it as a springboard. Some shy away from "copying" another artist, but I feel that even if you begin by copying, if you do enough pieces you inevitably make them your own. For this group I really did have a couple of Nakamura's pieces up on my computer screen, and referred to them when I felt I was repeating my same old familiar marks. But for the most part I feel I found a way to move forward with my own work. THANK YOU Mayako Nakamura for the inspiration!!
Hope you all have a fabulous holiday!
Yesterday was my birthday, and I want to thank all of you who posted birthday on my FaceBook page. It was, indeed, a very happy birthday!