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LANDSCAPE 38.7314 SOLD
Pen and Ink on digital Print
8.2" x 8.2"

LANDSCAPE 38.6889 SOLD
Pen and Ink on digital print
8.2" x 8.2"

LANDSCAPE 38.7253 SOLD
Pen and Ink on digital print
8.2" x 8.2"

LAND LINES DIPTYCH
Pen and Ink and pencil on watercolor paper
Each: 16.5" x 28"
Land Lines applies figure-ground perceptions of outdoor rooms and walls of vegetation with certain linear features. These features, coursing through and connecting figure-ground elements, are lines on the land – rivers, streams, ridges, and coastal bluffs. Their alignments are governed by geology and natural forces, shaped over millennia. They are boundaries, markers, life flows, and transportation ways. Their patterns and spatial extent often go unrecognized. While figure-ground elements may change rapidly, land lines are slow to change. Another type of line – the highway – is applied to the land. Heavily used, highly visible, its course, too, is influenced by geologic forces. Land Lines represents a twelve-mile segment of the northern California coast.

​​Figure-ground drawing uses contrast to describe the relationships between solids and voids. Such drawings are used to distinguish edge conditions and to reveal a framework of objects and spaces. In architecture and urban design, figure-ground is a two-dimensional depiction of a place, showing the relationship between built and unbuilt space – buildings and walls are figure; open spaces, streets, or parks are ground. 

The Landscape 38 series applies figure-ground perceptions to outdoor rooms and walls of vegetation. The series clarifies the often-indiscernible patterns and spatial relationships of landscapes. Drawings depict figure – groupings of trees and forests, and ground – grasslands, low plantings, and ground surfaces. Sometimes, outdoor rooms hide within expanses of vegetation, carved out of forest poche. These pen and ink drawings are part of a series documenting the north coast of California. Archival, digital prints are available. ​

The Hedgerow paintings are encounters with a defining hedgerow that stretches across rolling grasslands along the northern California coast. Each painting is part of a triptych, viewing the hedgerow in three ways.  

​Original paintings and ​archival prints ​are available
​for purchase. For details and prices write
www.silverartichokeworkshop@gmail.com​​​




​​The Land Lines Project is artworks giving imageability to forms and patterns on the land.
HEDGEROW THREE WAYS TRIPTYCH SOLD
Pen and Ink 
Archival, digital prints are available​


SKETCH STUDY 4
Digital Print​


SKETCH STUDY 1
Digital Print