You may see hints of portraits in the jumble below. It arose from a number of false starts.
I like the delicate squiggles, the spacing and the light cross hatching in this sketch. It has a coincidental resemblance of a Joan Miró composition. But Miró planned his work. I did not plan the visual look of this drawing but rather followed a manual procedure. My process was to create a uniform spacing of […]
This free form was self contained until I continued some of the inner contours beyond the outer boundaries. At first, I thought of them as ribbons. However, after I painted-in the dark surround, the extended strips lost their ribbon-like qualities. They looked more spiky and inflexible. An interesting transformation.
Today’s free form began as a pencil sketch. The colors are muted and variable because there are layers of pigments. At first, the colors were bold, some of them less so, depending the properties of the pigments themselves. For example, the earth tone pigments (warm sepia in particular) are subdued and absorb more light than […]
I filled the white traces left by the frisket (watercolor resist medium) with thin, dark earth tone pigments. However, before I removed the medium, I colored the paper with a combination of broad strokes of yellows (centrally located) and blues (located peripherally). I used lighter earth tones and brighter reds, again in broad strokes, to […]
I began this study with free form strokes of my liquid latex frisket. The frisket resists watercolors and leaves paper white when removed. The frisket also does not allow permanent marker traces to bleed through. I used markers to cross hatch the area around the dried liquid latex, so the areas would be accentuated. Then I […]
Frequently. the lines in my free form designs intertwine. Sometimes I concentrate on the larger forms to which they contribute their areas. But today I painted between some of the twisting lines to create thin ribbons that thicken as they traverse the expanse of the paper. They seem to float in front of the earth […]
I continued working on Free Form Experiment that I began on September 28, 2017. I used wide lines to shade areas bounding the original shapes filled with thinner lines. This collection of newly shaded, abutted forms are themselves surrounded with a neutral tint. When I look at the entire composition, I can see multiple outlines […]
The inky black surround thrusts the design forward in the space I created on my paper. I see that the half-finished, red form on the right side of the of the composition indicates movement.
I have altered my approach slightly to my free form designs. I pencil in the design first, as I usually do. Then I begin to paint in the areas subtended by the lines. If those areas, taken together, suggest a theme, I paint areas to further that idea and ignore the penciled-in lines. I noticed […]