I’ve become enamored with the use of India ink and rubbing alcohol to produce a background for watercolor or acrylic paintings. By allowing the ink to move across the blank canvas the background produced most often informs the subject matter. In this painting, A Helm to Grasp, A Port to Seek, I used a cool ink pallet that, when dry and set with Gesso, called to mind the magic of early morning skies over the village ports I visited and photographed in Maine last summer. The 12×24 canvas then suggested a vertical subject such as the ordinary wooden sailboats, waiting the wind down in the harbor, for what magic the day might bring. A Helm to Grasp, A Port to Seek will be on exhibit at the Island Art Gallery Show and Sale, Pawleys Island, SC, beginning May 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm and through the following two weeks.
I work mostly in watercolor and pastels, but pen and ink drawings were my first love and I still enjoy that medium. Originally from Tennessee, I know I'll never get the mountains out of my blood and hold a love of nature in my heart and in my art, but about four years ago I brought my studio to the beach in South Carolina and those ocean views have inspired my art ever since.
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