Friday, November 10, 2017

Being Graphic

Below are three drawings from the past week that only share one trait: they have a more "graphic" quality than drawings that are descriptive. Graphic work is often characterized by contrast, rhythmic mark-making or tight cropping of the subject. I'm sure we could come up with more signifiers. I tend to be more graphic when I draw from Nature. It's more interesting to me. Also, I'm usually working on black and white or very limited color. If I were working in full color, some other approach would emerge. So, maybe I should do that… work in full color.
Pine Tree
11-05-2017
charcoal
Great Blue Heron
11-09-2017
paint stick, ink
Foam
11-07-2017
ink, charcoal

Friday, November 3, 2017

Stalker

I've been stalking this fellow this past week. He's very reliable. The water is high so he tucks himself in the eddies near the base of the dam and catches a few fish. The last fish he carries to a quieter pool to digest peacefully. This is where I found him today. Soon, he'd had enough of me and wheeled over the bridge and alighted on the driftwood tree downstream of the bridge.
We'll see how long he lasts. He's young so we'll see.

11-03-2017
11-02-2017
10-30-2017
10-30-2017
11-01-2-017
11-03-2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Bridge

Here are a few of the 25-30 drawings of the Pleasant Street Bridge I've made this year. In random order:
10-28-2017
05-03-2017
01-06-2017
06-06-2017
10-21-2017
05-11-2017
04-26-2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Stop!

Duck
ink, charcoal
10-18-2017

Knowing when to stop is probably the most important skill that an artist possesses. Sometimes I have it but most often I'm skidding around unaware and I keep adding things to the drawing.

As soon as I added the little marks on the left side of the duck I regretted what I had done. It was too much. I think without them you could still tell that it was a duck, swimming away on a foggy morning. You can see that right?

But I drew those cute little marks to indicate the feathers --just a little naïve calligraphic noise. Just having fun --but they are unnecessary.
But, this is a drawing and it is all about searching, the struggle, showing the scars, etc.

Today, I drew a goose. No struggle here.

Goose
ink, charcoal
10/19/2017



Friday, October 13, 2017

Inktober

Some of my playful colleagues might be dismayed but I don't get into the whole "Inktober" thing where, in October, artists make ink drawings and proudly and copiously post their tagged work on the net. For me, Inktober isn't a month. It's been 24/7/365 since my teens I guess. Just another day in the salt mines. I'm sure many of my colleagues would agree.

Rocks
10-13-17
ink
Pine trees
10-11-17
ink
Heron
10-09-17
ink
The Island
10-12-17
ink, chalk
… And a few pieces in my studio style…

10-06-17
ink, watercolor
10-13-17
ink, colored pencil, paint
09-08-17
paint, ink, chalk

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