NOVEMBER 1

LINES OR MASS?

Working with potential art collectors over the years, it was fun to see if they saw in line or mass. It would help me know which artists might catch their attention. I always thought of myself a mass girl. Show me juicy painted masses of color clinging to each other and I would hum all day.

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David Park (left) is one of my favorites. He is like a master sculptor building form with color.

This time at Ballinglen I seem to be flirting with the line. In my sketching jaunt out to the rocks today, I found I was looking for contour rather than mass. (those marker exercises last week have me thinking differently)

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Afternoon in the studio found me flipping over to shapes. Worked on a few starts - small panels just to see if I could move some color around. A great artist friend told me once about his painting philosophy - I have no idea what I am going to do, I have no idea what I am doing and I have no idea what I have done. I can relate.

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Late afternoon, Andrea stopped by to show me a way I can use my etching inks without needing a press. (Thanks to Mary Lou Sussman, I came prepared with the right inks and paper)

Andrea Krupp is heading back to Philadelphia in the morning. Her work has a quiet intensity - particularly her response to Burren National Park in County Claire.

She showed me how to do a transfer drawing - the technique of placing paper on an inked surface and drawing on the back of the paper. The pressure of the pencil mark picks up the ink. I could play with this all day long. And so many possibilities. Back to flirting with line.

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