The Fetchingly Unpredictable • February 14, 2017
There are some particularly lovely happenstances in this picture.
I made the lined/grooved stem in this picture with a broken piece of hair comb. As I scraped it up and then veered down and to the right, it picked up and carried some of the wet, dark ink I first dragged it through. When using a comb (or anything else that makes a regular, repeated pattern or texture), there’s every likelihood that it’ll look horribly mechanical. It can kill a picture. But false starts are worth it when now and then marks turn out a little scrubbed and ragged – in other words, with a ton of character.
There’s something else strange here. After I dried the stem marks, I slapped down a few broad, rapid, very wet strokes of clean water to make a puddle where the bloom would be. Then I scraped and ground an ink charged brush collet (all of its fibers were worn off) back through the puddle to make the lines that delineate the petals. Some of that ink also bled/blended into the puddle to make the wonderful, liquid grays. Here’s what’s odd: even though my water puddle originally covered the end of the flower’s stem, the dark, dry ink from those marks somehow created a mild resist that forced the puddle back. Thus there is a white halo around them that shouldn’t really be there. I don’t understand why this happens but I’ve seen it before. I’m trying to figure it out, or at the very least, learn to harness the effect, because it’s beautifully cool!
Stay Snug –
Your Buddy Bill
A tip: this looks really great when enlarged – click on the image!
India ink and surface alteration on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″