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My drawing and painting life

Abstract sketches in charcoal

Like I said in an earlier post, the idea for the start of the month is to make abstract drawings and paintings. There are many ways to start an abstract painting. I am not particularly experienced, but feel the pull to do it. To even do it on a large canvas. That’s exciting and a bit scary, I have to admit!

The only way to find out if I can do it is by just starting. I do have experience in making abstract backgrounds in mixed media, using collage and paint and other mark making tools. While I write this down, I am suddenly not sure what counts as an abstract.Uh-oh, fear is kicking in! I will remind myself as I go during this month that as I work on something every day, it’s not a big problem if I mess up on one day, the next day may be better. Remember the motto: There’s always another day!

This post is  about the first day of the month, at that time I had no problem with starting. I was following the steps I learned in a class on abstract painting, taught by Karine Swenson. We learned different ways, among them: making sketches. Covering well-known territory was a good way to start. So I started by making abstract sketches in charcoal.

I started out with 8 pieces of paper (A5 size, approximately 15 x 21 cm). Working on many pieces at the same time is nice, none of them is precious. I can just move from one to the next and see whether something comes that I like.

In the doing I found that just using charcoal didn’t work. I wanted something to add to it, and used a graphite block to make marks on or across some of the sketches. I found several that I liked, only one of the sketches felt unfinished. There was one that in the end felt like it could work in any direction. I am showing the ones I liked.

These were all done on May 1st.

The next time I will be sketching in watercolor –  to start with at least. Later I will try to translate one of these to a painting in color.on canvas.


One comment on “Abstract sketches in charcoal

  1. Sheila Marie Delgado
    May 5, 2016

    Wonderful mark making!

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