Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Narrative Flux
vine charcoal, acrylic, gesso, compressed charcoal
24 x 36, Fabriano 140#

In the book Expressive Drawing, exercises are called "Play." Don't you love that?

Here's Play 2. I used various drawing media, and started with an expressive mark. Then, I responded to it. After three minutes, I stopped drawing and obliterated portions of the drawing that didn't seem to work. Then, I went back to drawing. This pattern of putting something down and then taking some of it away is called "Flux." Assert. Obliterate. Back and forth.

A variation of this Play is to add narrative. So, in addition to drawing and taking away, I added symbols and words.

All of this came from a question Kitty Wallis asked me this morning at breakfast (with the Portland Plein Air and Studio Painters):

"How do you find your musician knowledge and experience bridging into and informing your painting?"


Celeste Bergin said...

I completely and totally love this a thousand percent...it's awwweesssooommmmee!

SamArtDog said...

Your very own play house. How appropriate! Knock it down, build it up. Like playing with blocks. What fun!

So, how did you answer Kitty's question?