Making Marks. I am learning that the marks I make are my own vocabulary. Sometimes they are soft and swishing, and sometimes they are straight and narrow, or thick, or broken. They change with the music I listen to or what is in my heart or on my mind at that moment in time. I have learned to recognize my marks as one recognizes ones handwriting. All in all, at the end of the day, I love making marks. When I started a life drawing class three years ago, I had fewer marks in my vocabulary. I notice as I learn more about the figure and with practice, the lines in my figures are similar to those in my abstracts. And my vocabulary is growing. It is hard for me to not use marks. It is like some people cannot talk without their hands!
Oil and wax is especially fun to make marks in because you can draw with anything sharp or dull and carve through the buttery layers and you never know what will surface. Even after it dries, the layers yield surprises!
10" x 10"
Oil and Wax on Cradled Panel