Experimental Charcoal Drawings
9" x 12"
Charcoal and Mixed Media on Arches
Mounted on Acid Free Foam Core
Back when I was entering my last year of study at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, I took an advanced drawing class with then, visiting artist, Cara Tomlinson. Prior to that class I had been pretty entrenched in realism and traditional ways of seeing. It was in that class that Cara expanded my notions of process and outcome in drawing, and created some experimental pieces, which are now available to you.
She assigned us a daily drawing project. Our only criteria was that each day of the semester required some sort of drawing on a 9" x 12" piece of paper, Arches was recommended, and to this day I still love drawing on Arches hot press, 140lb. paper. And the drawing, dictated by our own definitions of the act, had to be on paper. So, a drawing a day for an entire semester; I should have about 80 drawings. Many of the works I did were preparatory or thinking drawings for larger paintings, others were pure abstractions exploring color and media, some attempts at drawing from memory, and then towards the end of the semester I started doodling on note-laden Post It notes that were affixed to the Arches paper. Hmmm, certainly beyond my boundaries of the definition of drawing at the time!
Explore - I have more in my studio which will post once I have time.