Giving Art Pizzazz with Pigment ink

I’m giving my new work pizzazz with pigment ink in this fourth session of creating the abstract work, ‘Red Playground-Finish what you started’, which is inspired by an earlier work, ‘Can Red Come Out to Play VII.’

adding pigment ink to enhance design

I want to differ the ink design from the earlier work. Rather than simply outlining shapes arising from previous applications of Inktense, I use pigment ink pen to create patterns to influence contrast and direction in the derivative piece. 

Red Playground - Finish What You Started, Progress 4
Top, 'can red come out to play? Vii'. Below, start, 3rd day of making 'red playground -finish what you started".

balance and direction

I added pointers because the strong patterns created by applying Inktense strongly to alternating rows of circular and rectangular shapes didn’t give the amount of direction I desired to all four quadrants of the diptych. 

To better balance the contrast of the rows I drew patterns in the light coloured bands. Finally, in order to give the right side a bit more balance and direction against the strong contrast of the circular and rectangular bands, I drew more pointers and design with a chisel point pigment ink pen.

Nice and gentle?

This changed the work from something nice and gentle to one that is quite confrontational, which is something I had not planned. However, one purpose of my new artistic journey is to to go in unplanned directions. Click here to go to my video on YouTube or click on the video box above. I reveal more of my thought process and decision in making this work.

The next and final session, I will ensure the two sides can have a conversation with one another because I do want them to be cohesive.

Click here to go to the first session of this series, titled, “10 Things I did to love myself this summer so I could get back to creating”


What do you think?  What would you have done differently?

What would you do to add cohesion.

Please let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page.


Creating Art Around Life

Watch the fourth episode of “Red Playground, Finish what you Started” above. This five part series features up-close insight into creating the new work.

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Pizzazz With Pigment Ink
Drawing pointers and filling blank rows with design in the upper right quadrant.
Confrontational Episode 4 - Beverly Claridge, Artist
Adding designs to help balance contrast and give direction
Red Playground - Finish What You Started, Final
Right side completed. Left side will be completed next session.
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