Drawings

Despite the lockdown we’ve been having quite a busy time what with one thing and another, and I’ve found it difficult in the last few weeks to work on any larger paintings. Especially since my studio is in the kitchen, and larger paintings have to go on the kitchen table, then the lot must be cleared away before meals if we are to be more than two using it. Is it any wonder that I work with water-based media? Oils would be impossible, what with the smell of turpentine and the permanent drips everywhere.

I’m not complaining, though, because I do love to work on paper. Often I just make a series of drawings.

Can you see the lovely deckled edges?

I treated myself to a bunch of sheets of handmade paper from Nepal, Bhutan and India. I found it on Etsy, at a marvelous shop called TornEdgePaper, which has a huge selection at very reasonable prices, should anyone be interested. They’re all different shades, and thicknesses and surfaces, and, although some are so thin and delicate as to be almost transparent, they are impressively strong.

I’ve been using ink, pencil, graphite, gesso, watercolor and collage.

Trying out different effects.

The one below is a floral study on tinted paper, using aquarelle pencils. Irises make such weird and wonderful shapes.

An ink drawing, this time on normal watercolor paper, featuring a raven with a gold leaf background.

Last but not least, a pencil drawing with origami paper collage. It’s titled ‘Boy on horse with birds’, and I imagined him as a kind of young samouraï.

 

45 thoughts on “Drawings”

  1. Marina, you’re so creative, and you’re fearless about trying new ideas. The effect is stunning – art after art of imaginative beauty, full of surprises and whimsy.

    Yeah, I know what you mean about pushing aside all the art supplies so you can have a meal on the table. We’ve gone to TV tables but then our sons are long grown and gone, and company won’t be coming for more than a year.

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  2. I love the use of that unusual paper, Marina. The wolves and bats is my favourite, because of the combination of the two. But the boy on the horse is so colourful, it literally leaps out of the screen. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Super cool!! Thanks for sharing. They are amazing.
    We are DNA Design Studio. If you have some time, it would be nice to visit our page.
    There are some works you might like. Feel free to leave any feedback or comment. Thank you. 🙂

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