Study 35: Art Resolutions-Infinite variation

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year. Welcome to Study 35.

Not long after finishing yesterday’s study, I remembered that I had already abstracted the shamrock in an earlier sketch in this resolutions theory. But this was only a brief departure from my focus on rug patterns and a recollection of a conversation with dear friend and artist, Judy. She made the comment at our annual art camp that she loved tracing paper. On a subsequent trip to the art supply store, I’d replenished my art coffers with both tracing and graph papers. Last night I used them.

The exercise began in going a step further in abstraction by adding more rigidity of pattern by placing a grid under the tracing paper. The pencil rendering was pleasing, but I was less enchanted by the marker on tracing paper. I forgot about the lack of paper absorption and the effect it would have on the marker color. The color was disappointing so I played with graphite patterning and overlaying lead on the color. I experimented with filling negative space, leaving negative space, value changes, texture changes, and monochromatic approaches. Yes, I should have begun with colored pencil but being forced to find a way to may the characterless marker sing resulted in a fruitful experiment about overlaying mediums. All about the medium. Maybe colored pencil tonight.

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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