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.