Monthly Archives: September 2013

Making Ink

Making Ink 1Making Ink 2I’ve tried several different methods to create large fields of flat black in my drawings over the last several years. I was using sumi ink for a while since it created a more even tone than india ink. However, I recently discovered the oriental method of grinding an ink stick made from pine soot against slate to create fresh ink without the level of glue or binder found in bottled sumi. It’s definitely a more time intensive process, but the meditative nature of grinding the ink gives me more time to think about my drawings.

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Back in the studio

Work in progress

Work in progress

After several months of crazy transitions, including getting engaged, returning to the states, starting a new job at an independent bookstore, and settling into a new house, I’ve finally been able to spend several consecutive days in my studio. It’s great to be able to work on drawing larger than the sketchbook size of 9″x12″ again.

I’ll be spending the next two years exploring and illuminating Genesis 11 (The Tower of Babel) and T.S. Eliot’s poem “Choruses from the Rock” through drawings and bi-weekly discussions and collaboration with composer and professor Dr. Sauerwein. The story of Babel and “Choruses” dialogue well together as one tells of man’s endeavor to make a name for himself and the other details the constant struggle and strife of building the true church while living in community.

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