The biography of Leonardo DaVinci that I am reading, has a passage that tells about his revelation that there are no lines in nature. Leonardo explained that there is an “infinite gradation of shades and blending of them, which does not allow precise borders.”*  Apparently, Leonardo studied and wrote quite a bit about shadows and […]

Hand Shadow on Hand

This abstract began as a free-form pencil sketch. A shape with three protrusions reminded me of a hand. I masked out a hand shape in front of the three-fingered one. Then I sketched in the missing two fingers of the partially hidden hand. This was difficult. The thumb and first two fingers face the viewer; […]