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 […]

Broad and Narrow Lines

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 […]

Red Head in the Rain

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 […]

Bright Ribbon Abstract

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 […]

Nesting Dolls

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 […]

Plumed Bird

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 […]

Free Form Experiment

Most of my free form designs are unpremeditated. That is I try not to have an idea of the outcome. Sometimes I do have goal from the beginning, sometimes I get an idea based on what I have already drawn. Today’s experiment was based on yesterday’s abstract. I liked the human form in that piece. […]

The Deep

I had fun with this composition. It started as a free-form design but instead of coloring the bounded areas, I left most of them empty. I was inspired by Joan Miró’s work, especially his constellation series. I filled in some of the smaller shapes that were formed by overlapping lines. I looked for strange creatures […]

Kites and Flags

I began coloring in the sections of my free form design for today’s study.  Some of the small Venn-diagram-ish overlaps looked like flags. I abandoned the idea of coloring-in larger areas of my amorphous design in favor of using their edges as lines.  I admire Joan Miró’s work, which uses such small shapes and lines […]