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Art Pencil and Paper

Sketchwork Spring-Fall 2018

I realized the blog was getting stale (sorry about that), but it’s not because I haven’t been busy producing art! I’ve spent the last few months stretching myself in some new directions, and even though this is nominally my record of my work in pen-and-ink, art is often about breaking the rules and trying new things, so here we are.

These pieces were created between May and September of 2018, and are in the order they were drawn. They were derived from photos posted online (not live sittings) of personal friends: Claire, Shelly, Dawne, and Sanazi. Claire’s was a quick sketch I drew to test the new materials I acquired, and I was so pleased with the results that I produced the others in relatively quick succession. (By ‘quick’, I mean over several months, as the time I have to devote to my art is extremely limited at the moment.) Each of them required a fanatical attention to detail, and though I know I didn’t get everything perfect in any particular piece, I’m deeply pleased with aspects of all of them, and I learned a great deal along the way.

I’ll be posting photos of my sculptural work soon – Stay tuned!

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Art Pen and Ink

Ornament

Ornament. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Artist Tiles. 4"x4"
Ornament. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Artist Tiles. 4″x4″

This is a small piece I did in my ‘thinking time’ at work. It was inspired by the holiday season, which coincided with the time I spent on it. I greatly enjoyed how it came out;the density of the presentation in particular appealed to me, as did the subtle angling of the arms of the cross. (The appeal was in spite of the fact that it’s wildly asymmetrical.)

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Art Pen and Ink

Unnatural Habitats

Unnatural Habitats
Unnatural Habitats. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 6″x6″

I worked on this piece over a weekend at my studio in Jerome, which is in a pleasant corner of the woods in the Irish Hills area of Michigan. The woodpecker is a garden-variety redheaded, whom I saw on the suet feeder outside. There are a few aspects of this piece that I would have done a bit differently had I known how they were going to come out, but I’m pretty pleased with the overall result.

(Bonus: can you find the fish?)

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Art Pen and Ink

Patchwork

Patchwork. Micron pen on Strathmore 300 Series Artists Tiles. 3"x3"
Patchwork. Micron pen on Strathmore 300 Series Artists Tiles. 4″x4″

This was a piece I developed during my thinking time at my desk. I’m very happy with how it came out, especially considering the relative sizes of the pen (Micron 02, .25mm) and the paper (4″x4″), which made some of the finer details very challenging. I especially enjoyed applying some use of negative space to incorporate less obvious elements into the work.