A bit more about Line

Following on from my recent post about the drawn line….

This is one of my favourite collage techniques which allows me to re-purpose my sketchbook drawings, or draw directly onto transparent paper so that the background collage remains visible beneath the drawing.

Greek, taverna, chair, drawing

This chair was drawn directly onto lens paper with an artists waterproof fine point pen such as a pigma micron or something similar. Sometimes I use acid & lignin free tissue paper instead of lens paper – it tears more easily but bleeds less.

Greece, taverna, chair, drawing, painting

A similar chair in a more advanced stage of its life…The backgrounds, which are created first, are made up of torn pieces of Greek text, often chosen for their content, carefully composed then adhered to the paper/board/canvas with matte medium and knocked back with a dilute gesso wash. I vary the opacity of the wash depending on how much text I want visible.

Greek, fishing boat, Kefalonia, drawing, painting

Working in this way allows me to make each drawing slightly different, so that if I do repeat a particular image in another painting, as I often do with boats and chairs…I can easily vary the details – changing the size, colour, positioning etc.

Original sketchbook drawing
Original sketchbook drawing

The original drawing of this particular chair was done in a sketchbook during an extended period of daily drawing – I managed 1.5 years, before taking a break!

I love the way this technique allows these little- seen sketchbook drawings to have a new lease of life!


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2 thoughts on “A bit more about Line”

  1. Sharon McNeil

    Dear Gil,
    We are kindred spirits! My maternal grandparents were from Kalamata and Methoni and so I have also had a love affair with Greece all my life yet I have only been there 2 times. I also have a collection of old chairs that I have found abandoned on the street or pulled from dumpsters and have been saving for a series! I look forward to learning more about your work, your thoughts and your adventures on your blog and getting to know you through the TAA course!

    1. How amazing that your grandparents are from this area – out of the whole of Greece! I often go to Methoni for sketching – we were there on Tsikno Pempti in fact, which was lots of fun. Great meeting you Sharon????

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