Lost At Sea: the Drawing March

(Untitled) Lost At Sea 7.5 x 11 in. Red chalk heightened with white on laid paper 3/1/2017 #drawingmarch

To give voice to my current 'lost at sea' feelings politically, I've decided to march. This month I will concentrate on drawings. Old school style. Red, black and white chalk on laid paper. Leonardo used it to great effect and you can busy yourself for hours looking through the old masters that followed in his footsteps. It can be a haunting medium.

I'm using Twinrocker hand-laid paper that I tone and then size with amber shellac and I have to say, I absolutely LOVE this stage of the process. It speaks to me on so many levels and I let myself go as far as I can push it. It's toned first with watercolor, then...coffee. Yup. My morning espresso actually. It was the perfect washed out shade of brown that aged the paper beautifully. I like how I came upon it so organically, with morning cup in hand. Kind of like the paper equivalent of those backgrounds you see in my 365 paintings. I'll also be using pencil (graphite) and charcoal as well and will do my best to incorporate all of these mediums when needed to produce the effect I'm after at any given moment.

I'm doing this march for a lot of reasons but mostly because I've begun to have visions and I believe when that happens you have to see it through. So, welcome! Here I'll try my best to get those visions swirling around my head out and somehow fix them onto the paper. Much like the daguerreotypes that have also inspired this series.

Can't wait to get my hands on it all!

Forward March!