Monday, November 7, 2016


New lesson in my online 100 Drawings workshop—make pieces that are Mostly Monochrome, with only 10-20% of Something Else.

I revisited the overall workshop description and reconnected with its sometimes-forgotten-by-me invitation to focus on particular elements and create quantity without regard for whether or not the pieces are good or even finishedJust as I was shifting to the new lesson my art friend Simone also serendipitously put words to the workshop philosophy on her personal blog: not going for masterpieces but going for quantity, creating flow and ease.

I (re)set my intentions accordingly as I headed into Lesson 9 with a spirit of investigation—a spirit that was much more present and immediate than was the case with Lesson 8 where I both struggled to figure out exactly what the assignment was and got lost in trying to get it "right."

While my investigation in this lesson also involved "trying," it was of a different sort. I tried one thing, I tried another. I looked at what emerged, made observations, said, Oh, look at that, made changes in response or moved on to the next piece.

I also set an intention with this lesson to work quickly and intuitively. My goal was to post by the end of day five, completing as many paintings as that turned out to be. Midafternoon on day five I said to myself, You're stopping now. Clean up your studio. Photograph these paintings, write your post, and submit

In many cases, to my delight, the combination of the lesson limits for the Something Else and the time limits I imposed on myself pushed me to be bolder and less fussy than might otherwise have been the case. Woo hoo!

Mostly Monochrome, start #1
Mostly Monochrome #1
In this piece I see:
a busy bright red/orange area suspended from the top edge;
a monochromatic green field surrounding the focal area;
crisp edges in the red, soft edges and subtle shifts in value and hue in the green;
atmospheric quality and depth coming from layered greens and tone-on-tone marks;
green bits in the red area and red bits in the green area, connecting busy and quiet.


  1. Wonderful greens.shining.Very strong focal point with the reds.Loving my new kindle...could enlarge to see the really interesting the vertical collage pieces with the stacked. dots. Bravo!

    1. Happy to hear that you've got a new Kindle that you're loving. You really DID get in close up to view this painting! Now you've got me looking closely also, and I'm getting ideas for my current painting—sorely needed! Thanks for your comments.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! It's fun to revisit this piece.

  3. "focus on particular elements and create quantity without regard for whether or not the pieces are good or even finished. " Just reread this and think this must be the hardest thing to do.Loving

    1. I love having you isolate lines from my post and then feed them back to me. Even though I'm the one who posted Jane's line above, it's like brand new information when I see it again! Actually, the point is that I NEED to see it again, so I'm glad you've put it in front of me. It speaks to exactly where I am in Lesson 10 right now. I feel like I don't have any more "quantity" left in me!