Looking Out or In?

Before I started this study, I masked off a rectangular area to remain free of paint. My idea was to keep this as a window on a fantasy life. I proceeded to layer the composition outside the white space, sponging off some areas to lighten them, and drawing lines with my dip pen. I had […]

Abstract – Layers

I applied transparent glazes over my original wash of color. I don’t remember my original underpainting and the layering is now so dense that I can’t properly make it out. I used some masking fluid to preserve some of the penultimate layer. Then my trusty dip pen did its duty in tracing some of the edges of […]

Framing an Image

As a photographer, an important lesson to learn is how to frame an image in the viewfinder. Normally, one ponders the background, hoping to eliminate anything that would detract from the point you are trying to make, or the feeling you are trying to portray. One doesn’t always get a clear indication of how to […]

Abstract – Transcription

I’ve been playing with lines again. I kept the paper relatively unpopulated with marks and varied the thickness of the lines I put down.  In the back of my mind, I must have been thinking of my ongoing recording project (converting my long playing records into computer format), as some of that iconology seeped into my composition. I kept […]

Color and Lines – Abstract

I began today with my very thick-nibbed dip pen. I love the fat lines it makes and the thin ones, if drawn in a perpendicularly to the ‘fat line’ making direction. I’ve read that some oil painters work on their canvas for a while and, if they don’t like what they see in one section […]