I’ve begun to participate in a collaborative drawing group. Quarterly, drawings are passed among a group of artists to share results, determine which are “finished,” and to select a drawing to take back to the studio to add to. This drawing was begun by Gene McMahon to which I added the text (2nd state above). Next quarter, I am working on a drawing initiated by Juliet Shen. As drawings progress, marks are covered up, scraped away, collaged over, and enhanced by new hands. We do this to stimulate our brains, enjoy our craft, and learn new things about ourselves and the processes we employ to make art. It’s really fun and difficult at the same time, and the results continue to surprise.

collaborative drawing

First State of Co-drawing by Gene Gentry McMahon