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After a fairly difficult and disappointing weekend, I started having some ideas for new work, expanding on some sketches I'd been doing as part of the 100 Day Project and then in my new zine Crumbled on Beaches.

While most of my work for the past 8 years or so has been more focused on drawing and linework, for most of my twenties I actually considered myself an oil painter. Around the time I turned 30 I felt like I was painting because that was what I was "supposed" to be doing as a visual artist. I really wanted to be drawing so I dropped painting.


 For a few years I really only did black and white ink drawings. Slowly, I started working with some gouache, more as spot color in my drawings. In the past 2 years, however, the paint has been taking over more and more of the surface of my paper, granted, always within the confines of lines.


In the past 6 months, I started painting more patterns in my drawings, never using any line work in the pattern. And then, with the 100 day Project, I start painting figures with no line or drawing at all.


I guess what I'm saying, is that while I thought I'd left painting far behind, it seems to be reasserting itself in my work. I feel like in some ways this piece which I just completed is a departure from my recent work but more accurately, I feel like it is merging everything I love about drawing with the things I missed about painting.


I've already started a second piece in this vein, I'm very excited to see where this new work takes me.


This piece is available as a print in my Society 6 shop: https://society6.com/rier/prints

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