Studio Update: Play

I have been having some difficulty with my new project: lots of stops, starts, changing direction… changing size, do I use the water brushes or not? How about ink layers? UGH…

I haven’t really liked many of my experiments these past couple of weeks, which has resulted in too much time spent overthinking, over planning and not enough time playing.

Inevitably, I ended up overworking a picture two weeks ago, but managed to save the part that I thought was working for future ideas:

©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

I tried out some new shapes and used a combination of the water brushes and the Sharpies and I believe that this has something interesting going for it, so I tried a different approach last week and am really enjoying the results:

©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

I did stop at this point and added this to the studio wall for the time being. There is a idea that is slowly developing on how to finish this picture, but in the meantime, I wanted to move onto some other new ideas until the solution was more concrete in my head. Kind of looks like a snowflake right now, so maybe just adding some ink layers behind it would make it “pop” and give it a more finished look.

In 2017 I completed a picture called Totem (see below) that consisted of four 4×4 squares that I thought had some series potential, but really hadn’t managed to get around to exploring it and shelved the idea. That is, until yesterday.

@2017, Jenn White, Totem #1

I had been trying to use up some leftover paper and wanted to challenge myself when I started playing with a 9.5×22 piece of scrap paper and ended up thinking about Totem:

@2021, Jenn White, Totem test

The idea is to “layer” the shapes, trying to give them a new look and maybe a new dimension. So far, I like way this is developing. Now back to playing 🙂

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    Studio Update: Virtues Project

    I have mostly been focusing on trying new art tools, techniques and shapes for the Virtues Project for the past couple of weeks. No complete pictures yet, but some new designs and new looks:

    I spent a couple of days working out the design for this picture and I love the way it came out… honestly, just not sure what to do with it yet, so I have added it to my studio wall confident that inspiration will strike soon:

    ©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

    I also tested out some inking techniques so I can work out the look of the project. I used several different ink washes using standard watercolor brushes – for the most part, I like results, just feel that I need more practice with the brushes as it has been far too long since I worked with them. Still, I do like the unpredictability of some of the tests :

    ©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

    I also spent a lot of time working with Aquash Water Brushes and find that I am torn between the Aquash brushes and the standard watercolor brushes. The are benefits and detractions for both and I am leaning towards a using a combination of both going forward with this project:

    ©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

    The picture above was inked using mostly the Aquash Water Brushes and I tried to keep the design simple while experimenting with the brushes. I feel that I am gaining some sense of control over the how the ink looks when applied, but even with labeling the brushes with light, medium or 100% ink in the barrels, there were some issues and it became difficult to keep things straight. Guess I just need to work out a better system going forward 🙂

    Overall, I think that the one big thing holding me back with this project is that I am overthinking pretty much everything. My goal with this project is to develop a new look and I have been feeling that by trying to force this to happen, I am slowing down any progress I could be making. The successes that I experienced in my previous projects were attained by simply letting things go, allowing the design to develop naturally and observing what happens when accidents inevitably occur.

    So I will be going back to the original idea behind my work and just play.

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    New Project: Virtues

    Now that the Pismo Series has been completed, I have been working on some ideas for my next project: Virtues. Some of the these ideas have been images in my head for a while and some are ideas I just wanted to play with. I expect that this process will continue for another couple of months until I have hit upon a “look” for the new project that I am exited to explore. Please see some of the initial ideas below:

    My first experiment began with a new way to approach the knots – I stumbled up on the central knot below during a studio session and when I inked it in, I really liked the way it came out:

    ©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test #1

    I added some new images to the picture in pencil – something I had not done before on this scale. My previous projects have focused on spontaneity and all biomorphic forms were added with gel pens. For this project, I wanted to create a new set of forms and language so I chose to use pencil first so that I could manipulate the forms prior to inking them… in this case, after I added the forms, I had another idea, so they were erased and this is the result so far:

    ©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test #1

    I then decided that jumping right into a new series that was 22×22 inches without doing extensive tests and knowing that this is a process that will evolve over the next few months, I realized I should step back and try to use up some of the leftover sheets of paper from the Pismo Series:

    ©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test #2, 10×10 inches

    Of course, that lead to: what if I take 2 of the 10×10 sheets and tape them together and use them during this process?

    ©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test #3, 2 10×10 inch sheets
    ©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test #4, 2 10×10 inch sheets

    And just this morning I started another version. Right now, I am just playing with shapes and borders and will most likely spend the next few weeks just experimenting with this before I start adding more and more biomorphic forms and begin the next phase of the project.

    Ultimately, the idea is to develop this series to be 52 pictures, all ~22×22 inches, mixed media: Sharpies, gel pens, technical drawing pens and traditional Chinese ink. I want to develop a new process in which I paint layers of ink washes onto the pictures in a more controlled look than the ink washes in the I Ching Series.

    I am still debating on whether I will be adding touches of color to the pictures, but as much as the idea intrigues me, I may spend a good portion of the project exploring gray ink washes until I feel comfortable with the medium.

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    Pismo Series: Completed!!

    I am shocked to realize that the last update to the Pismo Series was June of 2020 – I honestly thought that I had posted an update since then.

    At the time, I had just completed Pismo 17 Q and now the final 8 pictures in this series have been completed… the final 3 completed this just week: Pismo 27 & (completed on 1/15/21) and the 3rd version of Pismo 10 J and the 2nd version of Pismo 25 Y (both completed on 1/16/21).

    Please see the final 8 below:

    ©2021, Jenn White, Pismo 19 S, completed 7/5/20
    ©2021, Jenn White, Pismo 21 U, completed 7/27/20
    ©2021, Jenn White, Pismo 23 W, completed 8/8/20
    ©2021, Jenn White, Pismo 26 Z completed 11/28/20
    ©2021, Jenn White, Pismo 24 X, completed 12/16/20
    ©2021, Jenn White, Pismo 27 &, completed 1/15/21
    ©2021, Jenn White, Pismo 25 Y, completed 1/16/21
    ©2021, Jenn White, Pismo 10 J, completed 1/16/21

    Last night I was thinking about the journey that this project had taken me on and came up with the following:

    The Pismo Series began on 7/7/2018 and was completed on 1/16/21 – spanning a total of 29 months. Nine of those months was spent in development – there were quite a lot of starts and stops for this project as I worked out the original concept.

    NO Pismo Series pictures were successfully completed in 2018, only 6 were completed in 2019 and I seem to have hit my stride in 2020 with 18 pictures completed and the final 3 in the 1st couple of weeks in January of 2021.

    In all, I worked on a total of 48 pictures for this project as there were quite a few pictures that were re-worked ( a total of 21 pictures).

    I will admit to feeling a little lost this morning – I spent almost 2.5 years on this project and now will be moving on to the next project that I have been working on the concept for the past couple of months. This new project will be called Virtues and will consist of 54 pictures. I have decided to experiment with more of a mandala design and a combination of Sharpie and ink “painting” and washes. I am excited to see where this new project will take me and am determined to more consistent in posting and documenting this projects better than I did the Pismo Series – 6 months is WAY too long between updates 🙂

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    Le Galeriste Gift Cards now available

    I am so happy to share that Le Galeriste is offering gift cards for the holiday season!

    I love that the gift cards are customized and show a sample of my artwork on them, “Safety in Smallness” from the I Ching Project:

    Please check out my collection at Le Galeriste using the link below:

    https://www.legaleriste.com/jenn.white

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