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Drawing on Inspiration

August 6, 2008

Here are more examples of paintings that incorporate line.

There are slow lines, more deliberate drawing of shapes or symbols:

Mixed Media on Cradled Masonite, 8 x 8 x 2"

Mixed Media on Cradled Masonite, 8 x 8 x 2"

Acrylic on Cradled Masonite, 8 x 8 x 2"

Acrylic on Cradled Masonite, 8 x 8 x 2"

Acrylic on Cradled Masonite, 8 x 8 x 2"

Acrylic on Cradled Masonite, 8 x 8 x 2"

All three of the above boxes are from late 2006.

Then there “fast” or more gestural lines. These are from 2006 also, but probably in the spring:

Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 30"

Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 30"

Acrylic on Canvas, 10 x 8 x 1.5"

Acrylic on Canvas, 10 x 8 x 1.5"

The lines in the above painting were scratched through half-dry paint with a pencil, or maybe it was a brush handle.

And the one below, from last year sometime, is a personal favorite of mine. Completely gestural and truly speedy lines without left brain involvement. For this you have to really let that little kid out to play:

Acrylic on Canvas, 7 x 5 x 1.5"

Acrylic on Canvas, 7 x 5 x 1.5"

So this idea of using line is not so new for me. But for a long time I used brushes only, and even then, only certain brushes. Then at some point I decided to pick up some charcoal or a pencil and play with drawing into the paintings.

I like to draw with charcoal and then go over that with either thinned color or some acrylic medium, allowing it to smudge a little bit. Another wonderful effect is to draw with watercolor pencils or crayon and then carefully brush acrylic medium over that. The color will dissolve a little bit with beautiful effects. You can either allow the lines to completely be brushed away in places, or protect them by being careful and using a rather dry brush.

I think that no matter what mark you make with a pencil, charcoal, crayon, pastel, or whatever else you can find to make lines, it will be unique to you, just like your handwriting.

What is your attitude toward making marks?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2008 11:57 am

    interesting to see these, thanks

  2. August 6, 2008 4:35 pm

    Thanks for showing up, Dean. Hope you can make it again. I love your poetry!

  3. August 7, 2008 12:22 am

    I love lines of all kinds.

    My favorite pieces from this group are the Spring 06 ones. Gorgeous.

  4. August 7, 2008 4:06 am

    I seem to go from one extreme to another: totally free and gestural, or pretty cramped and intentional, with a tendency toward the second. I have a short stack of small canvases that I plan to just splat, splatter and respond to… so perhaps there will be more freedom, soon.

  5. August 7, 2008 11:15 am

    Martha,
    These have wonderful texture in them. You work so well with colors as well. Thanks for sharing with us.
    *HUGS*
    Angela

  6. artythingsuni permalink
    August 7, 2008 11:44 am

    Have you come across Twombly? I am sure you have!
    Tate Modern is showing some of his woprk at the moment.
    I have followed you over to Worpress, It is so much cleaner and professional than blogger.I am still in the process of adding to my blogroll also adjusting a few things!

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