During my time at the Tasmanian School of Art my work was strongly hard-edged. My paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures contained strongly defined shapes and clear lines. I don’t really know why. I see so much ‘softness’ around me, especially in the Australian landscape, but I tend to draw ‘strongly’.
My graphite drawings are a prime example of my ‘strong’ work, regardless of the subjects. I love positive and negative shapes, strongly defined light and shadow and simplicity.
We often think of white as ‘space’ in such work, but I value white very highly.
Today I have included 2 examples of houses in graphite and I have added an inverted view to illustrate the power of black and white when switched.
The inverted versions are not as successful, but they are valuable in that they give one confirmation that the originals are balanced in tone.