I am really enjoying the possibilities of ink and the unique challenges it offers. When I started this series of drawings last year, I was looking for a medium that would 'push back'. I felt that I was getting too comfortable in the way I was working, that nothing was very surprising. I felt like my process was getting a bit predictable. I needed to change things up.
Working with ink is a little like walking on an artistic tight rope with no safety net. The chance for failure is high, and the work must be made with confidence and a sure hand because there is no way to make major corrections if you make a mistake. That is the reward of this medium, never knowing if the composition is going to work.
Late last year, I was invited to participate in a show of self-portraits. By some strangecoincidence I had just finished a portrait of myself (something I had not done for years.) Thus inspired, I decided to do a small series, and let the gallery decide which one they would want for the exhibition.
Staring at myself for hours on end was not a particularly enjoyable experience, but it was interesting to see how each how each one felt different even though I was staring at, obviously, the same subject matter.