Parts of a Whole
Things are shaping up in the Milkhouse. I’ve added a display shelf to show drawings without having to place them on the floor against the wall as I had done previously. Since I’m reluctant to pound nails into the walls’ cinder block siding, I thought the shelf might be a good option at this time. I ended up buying 16 cinder blocks and painting them white, stacking them, and then topping them with a shelf that was cut to size. Once they were painted white, the cinder blocks took on a cool, modular look. Another good benefit to this approach is that I can re-stack them however I please.
It should be noted that those cinder blocks are “extremely heavy”. Therefore, Pete and his skid steer came to my aid in transporting the blocks from the garage where I had painted them, to the studio where we set them up. Which explains why I had a skid steer parked in front of my studio for a while. (In fact it sat there for so long I had to slap him with a parking ticket, but since he paid for brunch today, I’ll waive the fine.)
But that’s not all that’s going on in there…I’ve finally started another drawing. Here is a sneak peek at a couple of its details:
I really like the sketchy feeling and rough texture that the charcoal gives to the surface of the paper. It’s at this point that the drawing has a looseness, becoming its impetuous first layer of many as I work on it and go back into it again and again until it has a more finished look. Maybe in the future I’ll do a drawing that actually retains that sketchy appearance and see how I feel about that.