I’m not! Enjoying so much the play of line as value, movement, and texture. I like asking myself, “What kind of line will express this direction or movement in the sky? How can lines and the build-up of them, show depth and time of day? Will certain lines give the feel of clouds? grasses? hay?
Is it even possible to create a sense of color using only black & white and shades between? I think so. Sometimes, I wonder if the color we “make up” in our minds eye might be lovelier than the color I, the artist, might imbue the image with? As artists we’re often exhorted: Leave something for the viewer to insert in the picture. Or: Don’t describe everything for the viewer…allow them to take part in completing the image. I’ve long thought that black and white images, whether they be charcoal, graphite, or pen and ink are just as (if not more so!) entrancing and engaging to me, the observer, than many color images. Of course, it’s all in the deftness of the artist’s hand no matter what the medium. But when I open a book on a particular artist, complete with big, glossy, colorful images of his/her paintings…it’s often the drawings and sketches that attract me the most.
As my teens say…Go figure!