Category Archives: abstract


Sometimes abstract work defies my attempts to give it a title, but in this case, I think the ink does look a bit like it is encased in stone. Of course, others may see it differently, which is one of the neat things about abstract art.

This piece continues my explorations of using watercolor backgrounds to ink foregrounds and blends. I like how the textures turned out.



I love to make flowing marks on paper and that is basically what this is. This may not be for everyone, but I find it very enjoyable to do and to contemplate. It was done with ink and a bamboo pen I made.

What works? I think there should be a combination of graceful lines, interesting forms and angels, and a sense that it is a whole. I have done a lot of sketches like this over the years and have found that it is almost impossible to actually plan how to do them. You have a general idea of what you’re after, but then you have to let your hand take over. I find that most times what emerges is not that interesting, but if I keep at it, something very intriguing can result.