Friday, January 29, 2016

Angelic (digital)

Below is the digital version of a drawing that no longer exists. I originally started the drawing in sepia ink, which can be harder to work with than black ink on account of the paleness of the pigment. I find it more difficult to get an even tone. As time went on, the drawing became more and more overworked...I paused and took a digital photo in poor lighting conditions. To improve things, I loaded the photo into Photoshop & tried a few options...the "stamp" filter was the one that worked. Basically, it evened out the inconsistencies in the lines and revealed the underlying structure of the drawing much more coherently. Inspired by the digital version, I went back to the drawing and worked on it some more with black ink...with the unfortunate consequence that the drawing became more convoluted and weaker. Eventually, I destroyed the drawing. The digital version is much better than the drawing ever was...though it does indicate some possible routes forward for future artwork.

Angelic, digital image, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Song of the Bird

Here is a new ink drawing from today, done in sepia ink (Sennelier 438 sepia to be precise). I find that the sepia color softens the drawing and gives it a I will probably do a few more like this.

The Song of the Bird, 2016, sepia ink on paper, 28.5" x 22.5"

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Very Small Paintings

Here are a couple of very small acrylic monochrome paintings I did the other day on sample pieces of claybord (TM) that my wife picked up a while ago at an open day event at The New School in NYC. I don't usually make artworks this small, so it was a challenge to work at this scale, but it worked out pretty well. The main problem was to get a decent photo of them. The one on the left is "Tiny World Madonna" & is 4.75" tall by 2.75" wide. The other one, "Babel with 3 Small Figures" is a little bit larger at 5" x 3".

very small paintings, with red lamp base and white cup

In Memoriam

Probably my favorite Bowie song of all time.