Friday, July 11, 2008

The power of Black

Angie   conte crayon   20.5 x 14
I love working in charcoal! The medium is messy, smudgy and bold. Charcoal drawings capture my attention with their directness and simplicity. Perhaps the power of an image is diffused by the addition of color: the more colors, the more diffusion. This week I have been working in charcoal. It is what I needed...to get away from complexity and back to basics. "Angie" is a drawing done many many years ago in my living room during a summer heat wave.....the fans were blowing and we were all uncomfortable. To me, there is a freshness here, an unrefined honesty that is hard to perpetuate deliberately. Angie is the delightful young woman who manages my website.

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