Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Study in Black and White Mark Making CONTINUES

Last week I shared with my readers the story behind my study in black and white mark making.

Like my favorite artist, Franz Kline, I love large gestural marks, especially simple black on white. Unfortunately for me, they aren’t as easy to execute as they might look. It seems I am too much in my own head and I need to loosen up.

I did a bit of research and I found a possible solution. It seems if I practice making larger, looser strokes I will build muscle memory. According to Wikipedia, “…when a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort.”

So I began a study in black and white mark making.

After working at it about two weeks I have seen an improvement. In addition, I now have a good supply of interesting marks on watercolor paper. I've decided to add layers of color to a few of them. I am loving the results.

The one I am sharing with you today started as just four marks of black india ink. At first I just added a bit of watery acrylic paint.

After looking at it for a couple more days I decided to try making marks using some highlighters I had laying around. 

It went through a few different stages before I was completely happy with it. A bit of distressing happened here...

More black ink, graphite and marker.

Finally I decided to add a few more colors, and a bit more white.

I finished it by adding some random marks using my favorite art supply, Neocolor II water-soluble wax oil pastels by Caran d’Ache. I love the look of their strokes over paint. 

Here is the finished piece.

"Ombi-oynce" (2017) © SGTurner Art

As always I love to share a few detail photos as well.
(I love how they look together!)

Prints of "Ombi-onyce" detail photos

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