Welcome to the second article in the series How It's Made!
While I worked on the drawing, it was bringing me calmness. I've been told that looking at it also brings an intriguing calm to a space. It makes sense because as I created it, the process became a meditation upon time, space and my existence that season. The studio plants were alluring and full of life.
Like the majority of my art, it is made of hand-drawn imagery that is conceived with new media applications like digital drawing, painting & sculpting. I stayed true to the Art by placing importance on traditional observational practice while I drew.
The first edition of the work was completed in 2016 and measures 48"x48". It was completed for an exhibition. After the positive reception of the art at the event, I committed to create it in two different types of editions for future collections:
What are the key elements?
My toolkit for the project
A key tool for my task was my Wacom digital drawing tablet. This hardware allows for hair-thin lines and thousands of pressure points to reveal all the nuances of hand-drawn imagery. The tablet relays my hand movements to Photoshop. Photoshop is a great tool which allows me to scale the artwork. In fact, Studio Plants artwork can be scaled to any size, in a square format, from 5"x5" up to 48"x48". The original one was 48"x48" yet a popular size is 12"x12". We hang a 36"x36" in our daughter's nursery. Many sizes are available in my shop one click away starting at $150.
Having the artwork available in digital format, I was able to experiment and finally make decisions about which plane would be represented on each layer to achieve the greatest visual impact.
Three (3) Visual Planes
I'm proud of this artwork. Conceptually, it relies on the evolution of the image through my mark-making process. Because I draw and paint from observation, Studio Plants is the accumulation of thousands of moments of looking at the the details of these plants with layers of multiple visual insight.
Here are some details of the work. Some images are from the framed 48"x48" edition. Some are from the unframed 12"x12" edition.
I like to build things. It satisfies me. In 2014, the first edition I made was a breakthrough piece. I built it for a gallery show in October 2016 at Olson-Larsen Galleries. I still have that one available which is a framed 48"x48" artwork. It's different because it is in a high-quality frame by Olson-Larsen Galleries. If you're interested, it's found at my shop here. Thank you for getting to know me through this article. I'd love to hear from you!