August 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

A preview of two experiments in my sketchbook combing paper cutting and drawing that recently led to finished pieces (not pictured here).

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These are small, about 4 or 5 inches square, and I used those metallic gel pens I so love to draw with. The tiny circles are just the thing I often doodle obsessively, and once filled a page with them using pencil.

I’ve decided to include a series of small pieces like these in my upcoming fall show.

July 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

This is the last of the reworked paper cut designs from recent weeks. Now I can finally move on to create new work. Pictured here is how this one looked before I decided it needed a little more something. When I finished this initially it looked boring and incomplete, so I decided to add more triangles.

Work in progress paper cut design

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I added two small triangles offset from one another along each side, cut in the same elaborate style. When I was finished this time it felt complete.

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Updated triangle paper cut piece

The finished size is 14″ x 17″, and is hand cut from Strathmore drawing paper. The coloured papers underneath really make it pop.

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July 17th, 2014 | Comments Off

This week I’ve been revisiting some of the recent paper cut work because a few of these have felt unfinished. Yesterday I reworked the concentric triangles paper cut I shared about a month ago, and added one more layer to its design.

Work in progress paper cut

The original version is pictured above. I’ve had it hanging in the studio for weeks and I started to feel it was a pretty dull piece despite the elaborate cutting. What it needed was another concentric triangle to complete the composition.

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I worked from the top down, and this outer layer is thinner than the others because I didn’t have enough room for a thicker line. The bottom corners of the triangles are angled rather than straight for this reason, but I think it works.

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Concentric Triangles

The finished piece is 14″ x 17″, hand cut from a piece of archival Strathmore drawing paper. I can wait to get it framed and let it really shine.

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