I've been fascinated with drawing and painting for years. Here are two of my pieces. Both are on paper. ‘Loci’ was created using marker, graphite, and crayon. In ‘Calligraphic Figures’ I’ve painted a black ground and figures using acrylic paint. Are they drawings or paintings?
1 Loci (24”x18”, mixed media on paper, sold)
2 Calligraphic Figures (24”x18”, acrylic paint on paper, $200, available at time of posting)
Often, a drawing is defined as "a picture or diagram made with a pencil, pen, or crayon rather than paint, especially one drawn in monochrome". I prefer the Victoria and Albert Museum’s definition of a drawing as the “[representation] of objects or forms on a surface chiefly by means of lines”.
In contrast, painting has been defined as “a picture or other artistic composition created by applying paints to a surface such as canvas”
So is Loci a drawing and Figures a painting? Does it matter?
What about the work of Brice Marden and Julie Mehretu? Drawings or paintings?
I think drawing and painting is a continuum.
Most people would agree that the image at top left is a drawing, and the one at bottom right is a painting. But what about the ones in between? I think the joy is in the contrast and balance of line or mark-making vs larger areas or shapes.
Chicago sketch (approx 8”x6”, pencil on paper, NFS)
PortTown 9 (36”x36”, mixed media on canvas, $2850, available at time of posting)
PaintDraw 3 (24”x18”, mixed media on paper, $200, available at time of posting)
Figure sketch (approx 8”x8”, watercolor and ink on paper, NFS)
Entering Unknown Territory 3 (approx 10”x8”, mixed media on paper, $100, available at time of posting)
Hot Pink Cold Shoulder (36”x24”, acrylic and metallic leaf on canvas, $1520, available at time of posting)
The Echo of a Landscape (16”x16”, mixed media on canvas, $600, available at time of posting)
Crying On The Inside (12”x12”, oil on canvas, $350, available at time of posting)