I have taken time off from quilt and printmaking since the close of the Dialogues exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in September. Over time, I realized that better drawing skills are what is required now. In October, I resumed lessons begun years ago and am studying now with Ben Pines, a Bloomington painter who studied at the Boston Museum School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia. http://benpines.com/
The kind of printmaking I have done so far has been largely about line. Ben’s paintings, although representational, have very little to do with line. They have quite a lot to do, however, with how he feels about what he sees. I am learning new ways of looking at things and have been introduced to artists whose paintings had only rarely attracted me or were altogether unknown. We are beginning with tonal drawing and some anatomy study. Here are some recent studies. I have no doubt the lessons will work their way into both my prints and quilts, although it may be a while before I realize how.