Saturday, December 31, 2011

"A Way of Seeing"

($40.00....mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"Drawing is a way of seeing that transcends a brief and casual observation." Even if you do not draw, the principle of keen observation is applicable in all areas of life. Awareness must come before change occurs.

Trees, especially when the limbs are exposed, is a fascinating study of line. The diagonals created by the branches with abrupt changes in direction have been a source of inspiration for artists in every medium. By its very nature, the act of drawing or sketching causes the artist to consider every aspect of the shape and form of the object being drawn.

The lettering was written with a pointed pen and more or less drawn rather than using a press / release technique. I decided not to use any guidelines to practice squeezing and stretching the letters as I went along. The "white on white" effect always works especially if writing on a hazy translucent white. In several places I also used a stiff brush dipped in alcohol to remove some of the white gesso. It creates a bit of texture and an aged look along the edges. Just a few more things to try or think about.

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