CRAYON DRAWINGS

These drawings deal with the saturation of color. The crayon medium was chosen for its intrinsic qualities of transparency and ability to carry pigment. Each crayon is spread out across the drawing to create multiple layers of color. Each layer influences the last rather than covering it, allowing the mixture of color to occur physically and optically. I ordered the application of crayons according to value so that the maximum amount of hue would survive the process. The net result is a mixture of all the crayons' hues expressed simultaneously; saturation of color is manifested as the actual color of the drawing is undefinable.

The drawing process also evokes saturation. It takes about 15 minutes to rub a crayon down to its stub. The effect of each crayon becomes so subtle that to enact an actual change in the drawing takes much more effort than an initial mark on blank paper. The drawing evolves slowly, exploring the effort of slowly building a piece beyond the immediacy of the medium of drawing. The overwhelming amount of color and marks take on a mystical appearance, and suggested forms and images float in the wash of color. The image becomes a dream-like path through which the subconscious can create images from the suggested marks.

Click the "Watch movie" links below to see the drawings evolve.

Watch 144 crayon movie

Watch 40 red crayon movie

Watch 40 blue crayon movie

The jar images represent the detritus of the large 144 crayon drawing. The prints for sale are also from the large multi-colored drawings. Both the red and blue 40 crayon drawings were done as part of an installation/show at the Art Institute of Portland's art gallery September 2007.