Others on orange
Acrylic on canvas
Like many of my peers, doodling has been something I’ve done for as long as I can remember; before formal art instruction became at all part of my reality. I've always been particularly attracted to drawing semi-circles, connecting them together in often triangle-like forms across the page. Last year’s brief foray abstract expressionism set off an endless trail of ideas, including possibly doing something incorporating my long-time doodle design, but I ended up going in a different direction with a piece I was pretty stoked on. With the summer project, I wanted to finally get to create a piece with my signature semicircles.
My original idea was to draw the semicircles in charcoal on a blank canvas, then go over them with multiple layers of color, each time using a sponge to erase that particular layer from individual forms, with the intention of creating a piece with a visual history based on my semicircle doodle. Almost immediately, I realized this idea was toast. The charcoal became completely blurred by the very first touches of paint. I decided to go with it, and formed a new plan based fully on impulse. I would do another iteration of the semicircles in charcoal on top of the first layer, add a new color, and repeat, until I could confidently call the piece finished. Suffice to say, I am pleased with how it turned out. The remnants of many layers of charcoal are still somewhat present but not dominating, giving the viewer the ability to take in the visual history of the entire painting.