This was an early piece made from toned paper and charcoal. What I love most about this piece was the strong shadows and how challenging my point of view was. I actual sat on the concrete floors of the studio for weeks just at the edge of a table holding these objects. We have a monk looking towards the heavens, fruit peeking over the edge of a bowl to greet us, and the active wings of Nike. For me, this piece sings of an eventful moment, almost foreshadowing it.
After some classes in Drawing Fundamentals, I took a strong interest in observing for accuracy. It takes a good amount of effort to shut of the symbolic brain and draw what I actually see rather than what I think I see.
For example, drawing a piece of paper on a table is difficult. The reason for this being because your brain wants to make a square or rectangle, when its actual shape is some weird, angular four sided object.
This piece is a part of a series of “Doodles” which I use to play with movement, weight, and patterns. I usually will draw one once a month, as a warm up technique. I use a black sharpie and a blank piece of computer paper and allow these shapes to take form. This is a good technique for the imagination and to get creative flow. Additionally, each piece in this “Doodle” series is inspired by a speech or public conversation.
I would consider this piece to be a drawing rather than a painting. The reason for this being that the process of painting in watercolor has so strong of a drawing foundation. The watercolor used simply highlighted the lines of a quick pencil sketch, while adding chroma to the image.
This piece is one of three which were impromptu pieces during a speech. The inspirations for each mark can with the words of the speaker.
This was the last of the three huge charcoal drawings I finished in a studio class. I used a greyish blue toned paper and sticks of charcoal.