I am excited to let you know that I’ve submitted a couple of my abstract line drawings to the upcoming Juried Show at Gallery 110 and two pieces were selected! Feel free to visit on February 7th (First Thursday) during the opening 6pm – 8pm. The Show will be available for viewing February 7 – March 2, 2013.
-The Tie that Binds-
I’ve been evolving my abstract line drawings; they now have color, depth, and are larger in size.
Here is the artist statement I created for both the show and the direction of this current work:
Beka Bielman – Artist Statement
Repetition of pattern gives me a sense of calm, each line drawn is meditative for me. When I first started drawing with patterns, the purpose was therapeutic, not artistic. It was, and still is, a way for me to channel my emotions onto paper.
Like running through the field with wild abandon, my drawings start out free and spirited. The building block for each drawing is a single line. This line is random each time, depending on my mood. Gestural, the line moves up and down, left and right, curving and swooping, intersecting itself many times before catching up to its starting point. Each connection of that line creates a unique shape and those shapes are then filled in with pattern.
Not unlike the initial gestural line, the patterns and movement of those patterns in the beginning are random. After the first few patterns are laid, I get a feeling for the overall nature of the drawing and then figure it out piece by piece like a puzzle.
Drawing with pen forces me to be more creative and strategic in the drawing stage. Although the first line is drawn in pencil, the rest is pen which means that every mark that goes down stays. One line influences the one next to it, this creates a more organic feel to the work than I would’ve ever gotten if I had the ability to make corrections.
I’m excited to show you the first in my new series of drawings.
‘Into the Woods’ is my interpretation of landscape through line and shading. The inspiration for the landscape came from a picture I took while vacationing with friends in Sequim, WA.
Even before I painted the portrait of Peter, I knew that I wanted to experiment with the pattern I had been creating for the last year in my line drawings. I wanted to create something that would be challenging for me and intriguing to my audience. This series is my way of connecting my love of pattern and my love of the woods. Each section of this drawing was a new challenge for me, but I had fun experimenting with the use of various patterns to convey shape and form to the objects they were used to describe.
More about the drawing:
This piece is 22×30 and created using archival pens, inks, and felt markers. It has two layers, the negative space has been cut out to let the background show through. As you can see there are shadows of the branches showing through to the background. The layering has been a happy accident and I look forward to adding it to future pieces in this series.
This is the beginning of something new, I’m so thrilled to have this piece finally finished! Yay!
I will have ten drawings in this series – my new goal. I’m currently working on #3 & #4. Should be posting #2 in the next few weeks.
It’s been a while since I posted last and I wanted to update you all on what’s going on with my life right now.
Since changing my blog to look more professional, I’ve been working away in the studio and have gotten a bout of strep throat :(. I’m now feeling better and have a renewed vision of my work.
Last Friday I got the opportunity to volunteer at the Art Walk in Issaquah. It was a great experience for me, meeting fellow artists nearby. I also went into ArtEAST’s UpFront Gallery, they have a variety of works there. Ceramics, metal sculptures, prints, paintings, etc. I am seriously considering creating work to put in there. Right now they are accepting small pieces during the summer art walk – so I’d better get hopping!
At the moment I’ve been creating 22 x 30″ works which are very detailed landscapes. I’m thinking of creating smaller versions so I can produce more in a shorter period of time.
I’m going to a critique on the 23rd where I will be asking for feedback on my current work, when I’m ready I will go ahead and post them up on this blog!
Well, that’s it for now! Have a great week everyone – enjoy that sun!