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The idea that spidery little lines can enclose and somehow so minimally (and effectively) define mass, shape or object seems just plain odd to me. But they can. Probably kind of a “duh” moment for many artists, but I have a much harder time thinking in lines and making pictures with them than I do with bold strokes and textures.
Geez, I just compared these blooms to the ones I showed you yesterday – and they couldn’t be more different! There’s always so much to consider and wonder about in picture making. Thankfully!
PS: my daily posting may be somewhat interrupted for the rest of the week – still more computer updating taking place.
Here is a powerful combination of unexpected marks that seem as random as they are intentional.
I had really intended to take this one much further, and if you look at it along with the picture that I did just prior (below), you can pretty much see where I was headed. But wow, I didn’t go there! The more I looked at this odd almost picture of a bloom, the more I realized it was already everything it needed to be. It’s so abstract. Then again perhaps not. Maybe these are the guts of a final moment, when the remnants of the bloom are stripped down to last essentials: a petal or two, almost as an after thought or the echo of what once was. And the promise of seeds.
What a gorgeous collection of mismatched/comfortably combined marks and textures! And they sort out and fit together a little differently than we expect them to at first glance. Pleasing!
I also like how activated the negative space (white space) is by by both blooms being placed off-center, to the right. One is indeed leaning as if shoved over, while the other reaches back across the center line.
This picture happened very quickly. I knew even as it was going down, that I would be pleased. That doesn’t happen often. Most of the time, I make it about halfway, then have to feel my along from there.
Sometimes, when a picture makes me stretch (which means it’ll make anyone looking at it really reach), I begin wondering if it’s something special. Yep, it’s kinda chaotic. And it’s more than a little cool. My intent was to do a very wet and watery looking waterlily-like flower in darkness. This is what came out!
This picture is very austere and stripped down – a few marks, a few moves and nothing much to spare. Yet there’s plenty of suggestion still, especially in the ground strokes, and the incompleteness of the blooms. They’re dropping petals, which means they’re just about done.
It’s thrilling when the marks I make almost float on the sheet, become something and yet at the same time seem barely able to hang on to their recognizable shapes. Maybe fleeting is the word I’m looking for. This picture captures a moment. Don’t blink!
Wasn’t intending to post again today, but I just finished prepping this one, and wow, I really, really love this x-ray bloom!
Here’s a close up so you can see how lovely the quiet textures and details are:
Within any big series of pictures, there are inevitably the equivalent of small series too. And before I say another word, did you know that series is both its singular and plural self? When we’re talking about a group of something, doesn’t it seem as if there should be another “s” on the end of that word?. I mean, don’t we say: series-es? Well, at least I do!
Okay, back on topic: I’ve written before of how often I do multiple versions of a picture, when I’m chasing after a particular idea. The truth is, if I’m moving fast I don’t pay much attention to what’s piling up behind me. Only now, as I prep close to 200 new pictures for addition to my website, am I’m seeing these little sub-groups of pictures in order and context. More than once, I’ve realized that I could go back and explore notions further, maybe even move sideways with them, which would then, of course, become a the new forward.
So that you have a bit of context yourself, the picture in my last post was from the beginning of a mini-run of rainy scenes. There are 8 or 10 of ’em, and today’s picture is from just about the end of that batch. I’ll show you the ones in between as we go along, but I’m also going to shuffle things up a bit too, so who knows what I’ll post tomorrow!
I won’t post tomorrow, so here’s one of my favorite new blooms for you.
Does it look like it’s in the middle of a nasty storm? I hope so, and actually, the bloom did have to make it through a downpour! I started this picture by slinging water and ink from top to bottom, to get that streaky, splattery effect. After all, isn’t that what rain would really do? Then, while everything was still swimming wet, I had to mess, press, grind and paint the flower in the middle of it all.
I never have the time I need to do what I want to – working with ink rarely allows me that. This picture was a done in a frenzy of trying to keep up as things smeared or ran or dried unhelpfully. I remember standing back when I’d finished, almost panting, and kind of shocked that everything had turned out so well.
Here, check out this detail view – as quiet and ghost-like as my bloom is, it’s also quite graphically powerful. It holds its own.
Don’t forget, you can click the pix to see them even closer – so worth it!
I like it! Did it in May – and yep, in my huge ol’ image prepping chore, I’m only up to May. Phew, still 5 months to go – which translates into about 140 more pictures. I’ll get there. My fondest hope is that at some point in the next month or so, I will catch up to the new pictures I keep adding to the top of the stack.
Have the finest Thursday –
Your Buddy Bill
I’m not weeping! But this morning’s picture sure is, if you look at it as a weeping cherry tree, or willow, or some other lovely thing that sort of swoops and droops (and maybe blooms), while looking odd and elegant.
I keep telling you to click on my pictures so you can really see ’em. There’s so much texture and interest in there now, but as good as these blog photos are, they still don’t really let you see what I’m talking about. Here’s a detail that might help.
This bloom was done almost entirely via transfer printing. To do this with India ink, you gotta move fast!
First of all, I really wetted my paper. Then I did the same to a second sheet, before rapidly painting on it. Next, I quickly placed the dripping wet, inked sheet face down on the first one, rubbed it’s back here and there, twisted and shifted it around, and finally peeled it off fast!
Repeat as needed to either build a picture or, more probably, create a disaster!
This frantic method does ALL KINDS of weird things to my brush strokes – they transfer to the bottom sheet imperfectly, bleed and run. The suction of pulling the sheets apart almost explosively drags ink around too! Breathtakingly exciting. But also almost unmanageable. Or maybe not – working on it!
PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE – CLICK THE PICTURE TO LOOK CLOSELY!
I said last week that I might not be in touch much – due to computer updating. Well, it took us half the week just back up my files (I’ve been really bad about that).
So, this week is now going to be what last week wasn’t. Thus, you get an extra picture today, in case we miss out tomorrow!
I’ve done many, many flower pictures, and often there are several versions in each case. For instance, the tree below was done in the same run as the one I showed you three posts ago, and though I don’t remember painting so many, there are actually quite a few. Partly, this is because when I’m chasing after a pictorial or graphic notion, I keep refining or changing moves until I’m satisfied – or played out! And increasingly, what I thought I wanted to have happen isn’t even close to as wonderful as the variations I end up with.
Remember too, the purpose behind all of this is to eventually bind groups of pictures into albums, probably a dozen to each. I want lots of choices, and boy do I have ’em!
CLICK ‘EM TO GET A GOOD LOOK!
Just an uncomplicated little picture for a lovely, sunny morning. Hope you have a fine weekend!
Guess what? I have a whole day to my own on my computer – we’re going to finish updating it next week. So, here is your Friday morning bloom after all.
It’s rather strange, and very stylized, with wonderful calligraphy in it. Quite often (and yes I’m aware of the following pun), my flowers start with one major mark and grow from there. Each move informs the next. I bet you can figure out which brush stroke went down first!
I’ve managed to sneak onto my computer for a few moments this morning, before my tech guru gets back to further updating. And so, here’s a massive old tree that has graced still another Spring with a few leaves. Or are they buds for blooms? Maybe they’re the last apples in Autumn? I dunno, but I like this picture. Such a nice combination of extremes: bold strokes slammed down next to spindly ones or smeared ones. There are surprising moves in surprising places. All told, some really good mark making here!
At some point in the next day or two, I’m going to start updating my operating system and software. I betcha my show-n-tell is interrupted, or at least a bit sporadic for the next week or so. That means you get a bonus bunch of Wednesday flowers, just in case!
One of the best things about this picture is that the white of the background becomes both the space around my blooms and the ground they’re growing out of. It’s more of an equal partner to my mark making. I need to consider this, and maybe pull back within my picture space more often, instead of packing the space as I usually do.
I managed to get a bucket load of layered texture in there, and the fact that you can pretty much see through it all gives this picture a particularly pleasing sense of depth. Everything just fell right: the odd exaggeration, the weight and character of every mark, and even the unintentional spots and smudges! Huh, I wonder why it so obviously goes that way sometimes?
I’d like to get to the point where it happens more often than not. I guess that just means lots and lots and lots more time spent doing this!
I’m about a third of the way through setting up high-rez images of my new flower pictures for this website. Such a big project, done around the edges of painting time. The best part is that I’ve forgotten having done so many of these, so it’s as if I’m seeing them just like you are, for the very first time. Truly enjoying it.
I am very fond of this one – click it to see it better!
Good Morning All –
This strange, make believe bloom was, of course, painted – but it’s also partly collaged, which for some reason a lot of people think is a bad thing, like cheating.
There are a lot of juried art exhibitions that wouldn’t allow this in because if it. One show I would love to have work in, the American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition, is a good example, but then they also wouldn’t let me in because I use ink. Isn’t that silly? India Ink is basically nothing more than a higher grade form of watercolor. They will allow every other water based media. You can used acrylic paint, so plastic is okay. Hmmph. I don’t get it. It bugs me right now, especially, because the entry deadline is coming up and I can’t enter.
Oh well, I love what I’m doing. And I always, ALWAYS know how lucky I am whenever I get to make pictures – as I will be in moments
Have a satisfying and productive day –
Your Buddy Bill
I did this last December, which doesn’t really seem possible. In the stretch of days that have passed since, it feels long ago, but in art making sense, it’s as if I just did it.
Really more of a sketch, but with peacefulness. It reminds me of the first buds and blooms of spring, something to look forward to, but far off. It’s dreary out this morning and chilly in my attic, where I’ll hibernate and picture make during the cold months to come. I’ll turn the heat on. Maybe have hot chocolate later?