Study 47: Art Resolutions-The Subtlety of the Etched Line

grid-studio window w:out white wallArt Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year. Welcome to Study 47.

There is a very solid design core to my aesthetic. Evidenced by the first third of my career spent in graphic design. In high school, I was the go-to for posters, programs–all manner of commercial art. Very drawn to Bauhaus and Piet Mondrian, printmaking was a natural fit for me. The background I’d built in calligraphy built a profound connection for me to Japanese woodcuts and a distinct sense of line in my work. The recent grid studies inspired by the view from




my studio window have reflected those early influences and gradually sent me back to my college etching experiences. The intermediary piece above was an expansion on the quality of line and the subtle differences that weight and line direction can create. Especially using delicate, etching-like lines with the colored pencil tool in Tayasui’s Sketches program, the piece began to take on more complex characteristics.

Last night I went back to expand on the use of the thin, delicate etching line to create more color complexity and experimented with the use of partial etching paths built around certain shapes and connecting the rich blues. The character has changed and I like both studies in different ways. I am curious about the subtle vibrancy of the faint and delicate etching line and am not through experimenting. For now, I am reveling the intellectual exercise of thinking about what is “beneath” my art and what that does or may mean.



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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2 Responses to Study 47: Art Resolutions-The Subtlety of the Etched Line

  1. Bea Neal says:

    I can see this as a fiber piece too, with stitching in various lengths, widths and color for those lovely lines. 🙂

  2. vbassoc says:

    I thought about having it printed on silk and stretched. That might be the foundation for a fiber piece, too.

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