Yes. It is good to be back in the studio. No painting yesterday, but I am getting closer to being in full gear again. Traveling, and selling one's wares, takes a toll on energy and emotional balance. So does normal life, but in a different way, since the haven of the studio is available in "normal" life. In any case, while in New York City I visited a branch of Utrecht Art Supplies (my primary art supply dealer). I had one objective: to find the paper I enjoy using for my drawings. Most of the drawings you have seen here have been made on inexpensive Strathmore Bristol paper, which come in pads. Somewhere around a month ago I pulled out the relatively expensive 100% cotton printmaking/drawing paper I had used years ago. I found I could do much more subtle work on it than I could on the harder surfaced Strathmore Bristol, but only a few sheets of the high quality paper remained. I had forgotten its name, so I brought a sample of it to the Utrecht Art Supply store. A clerk at the store immediately recognized the paper as "Stonehenge." The paper comes in two shades: "cream" and "white." When I compared my sheet to the new paper I found I had used the "cream" version before, but I now know I enjoy "white" much more. I bought twenty-five 30 X 44 inch sheets. Since my recent drawings tend to be 11 X 14 inches, I will cut each sheet into eight drawing sheets. This should last me a while! The two drawings below were made on this new paper. The first drawing exhibits the range and subtlety of line, and value, these sheets afford my technique. The second drawing is a bit grosser in attack, and really did not need paper of this quality. The drawings shown here today continue my introspective approach to compositional primacy. The first drawing simply dropped from me like rain, without any particular concentration on composition. Therefore, I began the second drawing thinking composition first, believing all the other stuff will follow, i.e. form, value, tone, and light will willingly follow the soundly composed image. I am not going to tell you I was extremely successful, but I will say the practice is good for me, and my art. Good works will come from it.
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