Here is a sampling of some of the petroglyph studies:
Here are two finished in mid-June, with large brushes and Sumi ink
Trying some new approaches with gestural painting, whipping paint-soaked twine against the paper.
In mid-June, I found some chunks of cut climbing rope in a trash pile. I took a few pieces in curiosity, wondering if it would make a more aggressive line when whipped against the paper. I had mixed feelings about the results, so I added some Sumi ink to the lines that the ropes created.
Then there’s this oddball, which started out as one of the earlier twine-splatters, but I thought the results were simplistic. I attacked it with experiments in colored fountain pen inks and additional lines of black oil paint. I prefer the results after trying extra gestures.
I am still experimenting with thick gesso. Below is a Glyph made specially for some friends, and it is now at home with them.
July 2018: I am stretching out into some playful approaches with wax resist, pressure transfers (“decalcomania”) and trying to get more deeply textured surfaces. I’m enjoying the discovery of some modernist Chinese artists, like Liu Kuo-Sung and the Fifth Moon Group, who blended traditional brush painting techniques with modern materials and new colors. I am throwing away some of my experiments, but getting some vibrant textures as well. Here’s a smattering, sampling from several series of color experiments.