Observation Without Judg(e)ment

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I’ve been exploring a system of geometric patterns in both my professional and personal work for a little while now. This is the background, composed in Illustrator at one-quarter scale, for a new piece.

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After penciling in the three-inch grid on a 36 by 24-inch (61 x 94 cm) stretched canvas, I used a compass and straight edge to transfer the background design. Then it was a happy trip down old-school graphic design production memory lane as I wielded eighth-inch (3 mm) black crepe line tape to sketch out the shapes.

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I used shades of white, warm gray, brown and green acrylic for the underpainting.

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After adding a thin ivory wash and letting that dry, I pulled off the black tape. I’ll now add… other background stuff, and paints, and determine what final hue and value of gray to re-stripe (by brush) the outlines. Although I have some definite intentions, as usual, I’m making it up as I go along.

6 thoughts on “Observation Without Judg(e)ment

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you, Sheila! I love it when people show their work, and I share mine to encourage others.
      Also, please reconsider your “I’m not artistic” statement :) Perish the thought!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thanks, BW! I want to retain some instances of stillness and balance in the movement, but overall tone it down as a background :) We’ll see what transpires!

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