OK, let’s do something a little different.
This is what you might call “accidental art.” Some of you won’t call it art at all. But I like it.
Older folks will remember the mimeograph machine. You wrapped a stencil around a big drum, turned the drum, fed paper in one side, ink would be forced through the stencil and a printed sheet of paper would magically come out the other side. Eventually, technology advanced to the point where you didn’t have to hand-crank the thing.
When you were done printing you’d cautiously take the inky stencil off. If you might print more copies later you’d carefully lay the stencil on the original backing sheet.
Various random images would remain on the backing sheet after you took the stencil away. Here’s one that, for some reason, I saved.
Ink on paper, 8 ½” X 14″
There’s always enough cotton candy at the State Fair for two little girls to share.
Acrylic on canvas, 16″ X 20″
I had been very unproductive and forced myself to draw something to keep my sanity. I hadn’t used chalk pastels in awhile so I decided to give that a shot.
Chalk pastels and charcoal on paper, 8 ½” X 8 ½”
While collecting photographs to accompany my song “Four Little Hearts” I came across a really cute one showing a sleeping baby, her proud “Mimi” and a smiling big brother. They’re all sitting on a porch swing. I decided to draw a detail of the photo focusing just on the baby resting comfortably in her grandmother’s arms.
Normally when I do a pencil drawing I rely on a single pencil and maybe some white to highlight. For this drawing I used a range of grays, utilizing 5 or 6 separate pencils; no black.
Pencil on gray charcoal paper, 9″ X 12″
A quick sketch of Senta Berger. It isn’t a very good likeness but she was so beautiful that even a bad picture of her comes out just fine.
Pencil on paper, 8″ X 12″
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