Here is a view of part of the drawing installation that I made directly onto the walls of the gallery at the Groton Public Library in Groton, MA. There were 7 drawing sites altogether in the space. On Monday, I will be doing more of this kind of work at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, for our summer drawing show.
During the last week of my residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, I started a series of little black and white drawings using black chalkboard paint on paper. I was surprised and delighted to find out that when you draw with a graphite pencil on the painted surface, the lines appear silver! I also used overlays of Mylar, a translucent acetate, which I both cut through and drew on as well. This technique relates to my recent paintings which employ layers of acrylic matte medium to create a similarly translucent, waxy surface.
If you are a follower of my work, you may know that since 2008 I have been using found marks, including doodles, as sources for my imagery. Some have suggested that I not use the word "doodle" to describe these unconscious scribbles that I found so compelling, for fear that the word might make my paintings seem less than serious. Well, here's a link to a TED talk by Sunni Brown in which she sings the praises of the lowly doodle. One of her points is that doodling helps us process information more readily, and also inspires creativity. So there!