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Strings & Fall

Strings-&-Fall_web Strings & Fall

5″x8″ Micron on 20# bond

Started out as a doodle, became an abstraction and later was used as a program cover for Crescendo Youth Orchestra.

I think all doodles are just journeys that are incomplete.  With no destination or purpose in mind, a doodle begins to tell its own story.  The rules of the world do not yield to this and begin to impose purpose and form into a shape.  If you keep at it long enough, it becomes an abstraction of something.

The paper responds by supporting the ink or the pencil marks, making a record of nowhere you are going, but only where you have been, until an image begins to speak its own identity.  It may be a response to thoughts or a tale of hopes, or just a hand memory of motions, but if one keeps moving the drawing tool across the recording surface, the lines become a picture of some sort, defined by the page dimensions and the intensity of which marks are made.  The mood you are in can guide it into a response or comment unknown at the beginning.

This is no small event, because, like a hologram, every rendering contains every experience an artist has had, or hopes to have.




Pool of Possibilities

Pool-of-Possibilities2_web Pen and ink on high bond paper 17″x22″

The easy part of this type rendering is no one can tell if you get it wrong, unlike a portrait or even still life of a bowl of fruit.  The hard part is less obvious; it is difficult to render an image that has never been seen before so it must carry enough information to tell its own story.  There is little room for sloppy pen work as it will detract from telling that story. Unlike abstract or stylized work in other mediums, pen and ink has a very strong line personality and must be either extremely loose, or extremely tight to carry off an idea image.  Once you have decided what is being rendered, and chosen a loose or tight rendering style, it must be followed throughout without mixing styles.  If done well, no one will notice any of this – they just see the idea and the image as art.  Hopefully that is what is here.