Graphic Art Late Summer 2018

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Now in early August, I am posting some of the better results from new experiments. I feel that I am touching my toes into some new waters, as I am exploring some mixed media marbling techniques with very good effect.

Sprite 4 – acrylic and ink marbling on paper 11″ x 14″
Sprite 5 – acrylic and ink marbling on paper 11″ x 14″
Sprite Mountain 1 – acrylic and ink marbling on paper 11″ x 14″
Sprite Mountain 2 Dissolve – acrylic and ink marbling on paper 11″ x 14″
Sprite 1 – acrylic and ink marbling on paper 11″ x 14″
Sprite 2 – acrylic and ink marbling on paper 11″ x 14″

Here are some variations on the marbling experiments:

Wave Brush 1 – acrylic and ink marbling on paper 11″ x 14″
Covered Cross Marble 2 – oil and water color on paper 11″ x 14″

And here are a few new brushworks and lines. I am especially happy with the first of these below, as it comes close to the textures that I love from Paul Klee’s multimedia work on paper.

Klee Snake 1 – oil and water color on paper 11″ x 14″
Loops 2 – oil and watercolor on paper – 14″ x 17″
Blue Black Twine 1 – oil and watercolor on paper – 14″ x 17″
Blue Black Twine 4 – oil and watercolor on paper – 14″ x 17″

Now it’s getting a bit wild. I am blending my own inks from raw powdered pigment, and soon planning to use some handmade paper. Here is a generous sampling from a week of pure experimentation. Most of these are small size – 9″ x 12″, but a few are on larger test papers, around 20″ x 30″. The influence of modern Chinese abstract brush painting is showing more.

Blue and Black Marbling, acrylic on special paper, 20″ x 28″, August 2018 – [SOLD]
GuiLin, acrylic on special paper 20″ x 28″, August 2018
Archetype Blue Black, acrylic and inks on paper 11″ x 14″, August 2018
Marble Mountains, acrylic on paper 14″ x 17″, August 2018
Starmaker 4, handmade inks, 9″ x 12″, August 2018
Starmaker 3, handmade inks, 9″ x 12″, August 2018
Starmaker 2, handmade inks, 9″ x 12″, August 2018
Starmaker 1, handmade inks, 9″ x 12″, August 2018

For a few weeks in mid-August 2018, I found a breakthrough with a combination of these homemade inks made from pure mineral pigment, using techniques like suminagashi and decalcomania, along with marbling using acrylics. I consider a few of these to be among the best things I have done so far. The results are rather hard to predict, though, and my next task is to push the process out of my comfort zone to find the boundaries, and to better control the outcome.

15Aug18-4, marbling on paper with acrylic and sumi ink, 11″ x 14″ – [SOLD]
15Aug18-9, marbling on paper with acrylic and sumi ink, 9″ x 12″
15Aug18-1, marbling on special paper with acrylic, 20″ x 27″
15Aug18-5, marbling on paper with acrylic and sumi ink, 11″ x 14″


“Shrouded Lattice” inks on paper, 18″ x 24” – [SOLD]
“Blue Forest”, inks on paper, 11″ x 14″
“Blue Swim”, inks on paper, 18″ x 24″
“Ice Caves”, inks on paper, 18″ x 24″ (cover to “Tactile Ground”) – [SOLD]
“Blue Storm Clouds”, inks on paper, 14″ x 17″ – [SOLD]
“Blue Galaxy”, inks on paper, 14″ x 17″
“Arrogance and the Fish”, inks on paper, 18″ x 24″
“Hourglass, after Arcimboldo”, inks and acrylic marbling on paper, 18″ x 24″
“Forest, Mountain, Mist”, inks on paper, 11″ x 14″
“Red Rock”, inks on paper, 11″ x 14″
Red Blue Dunes, inks on paper, 11″ x 14″
“Light Cave”, inks and acrylic marbling on paper, 18″ x 24″
“Light Cave” (Detail, rear of Tactile Ground CD cover), inks and acrylic marbling on paper, 18″ x 24″

 


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