April 21st, 2015 | No Comments »

I’ve played with the idea before of making a piece of work with both paper cut designs and drawing, but they were both smaller and simpler. Last week I sat down at my easel with the idea of creating something more complicated, and so I dove into making this new concentric circles piece.

WIP - paper cut and drawing on paper

I outlined the circles first and then worked on creating the alternating cut paper circles, leaving the drawing until last. As I worked on the drawing I really struggled with seeing the piece through to the end because it felt like it wasn’t working. While in process, I thought the drawings and cut designs were fighting against one another and the piece was far too busy overall.

paper cut and drawing on paper

paper cut and drawing on paper

I forced myself to keep going, and when I reached the end I could finally see that it all does work together. Now I view it as a powerful piece of work that is full of energy.

paper cut and drawing on paper

The full size of this paper cut & drawing is 14″ x 17″ on archival drawing paper.

Posted in Experimentation, Paper
April 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

The drawing obsession continues (of course it does!) but now things have shifted to longer lines flowing around a circular area. The first two drawings I completed are spiraled lines around a central point working towards a finished circle on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper.

Spiral line drawings
Spiral line drawings

I am kind of amazed I can do these because I’ve often struggled in the past to maneuver a pen smoothly across the page. I think my hand has been made steady and skilled by working with a knife the past few years.

Spiral line drawings
Spiral line drawings

These are two of the five drawings done in the last week. I’ll share more in another blog post. I’m enjoying the process of these because they are being done for their own sake, and I’m happy with the final results.

April 1st, 2015 | No Comments »

I’ve been drawing like crazy lately because I’m obsessed with line work. The inspiration for this is the new shower curtain I acquired a few weeks ago (which you can see here) Its swirly lines design was taking over my mind and needed to be expressed on paper.

Drawings

Drawings

These are the first two line drawings I did using metallic gel pen on black card stock. It’s very soothing to do this, so of course I’ve gone onto doing many more. With these (and a few others I will share in another post) I feel my drawing skills have improved.