Beginning the Grid
I started this series of drawings about a week ago. They were a lot of fun and it is freeing returning to abstraction and focusing on sheer emotion. I get a feeling of turbulence, a tossing and turning, and am happy with my continual state of ambiguity. Byron thought it could be the sea, or sky, or microscopic. I like that it is not literal. These drawings were done with an aquarelle pencil, which needed to be continually sharpened, and played with line in various sections of each grid. I then used permanent black ink in large areas. The ink I used was kind of disappointing; not black black, kind of blotchy black. I need to remember that. But now that I've started, perhaps I'll stay with it. We'll see. The next step was to glue each drawing onto a 10"x10" cradled baltic birch panel, and then layer encaustic medium and then graphite powder. A little wintergreen oil rescued some of the lights that got too dark. Lesson learned.