Ink on paper….

Art at it’s most primal state for me is a charcoal and paper, black and white with shades of gray world.  It is a neutral place with contrast overtaking the need for color, it is a mysterious quiet place and I find comfort there.  I love the monochromatic feel of drawings, they  open a door to the viewer to wash their own mental hues over the drawing, and participate in the creation of the art.  There is a gutsy knowledge found only in drawing for me, I feel closer to the gist of art when I hear the scraping of the medium across the paper or board.  I have been working on some mixed media drawings lately and loving the complexity of the boundless energy found in the gesture drawing stage  and the struggle to not lose it in the drawing’s finality.    I am a junkie to the creative motion of water over a surface, and I find I will add water to almost any drawing.  I believe this is why I am such a water media addict.   It is a blissful state and one that  I have to give in to it on a regular basis.

There is something satisfying about drawing that is intrinsic to the motion of the endeavor, and I am not sure I can aptly put it into words.  In a time where we all type instead of write, photograph instead of sketch, and text instead of call, this is a longhand to creativity that has not been lost or replaced and one I hope will remain.  It is the very soil of the road one must travel to make art pieces that are laden with soul and feeling.

Here is one that I have been working on this month….Wool Gatherers  20 x 20 inches

Wool Gatherers by Cathy Hegman 20 x 20 on paper

As always thank you for reading and I hope you find a sliver of inspiration in my work and words.




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About Cathy S. Hegman

Art, much like a road links people together both visually and mentally. One can attain a glimpse inside the artist’s soul by studying the artist’s work, and perhaps find something that links them to the artist and the art. A work of art has the ability to resonate and touch the emotions without regard to age, gender, race, or religion through the application of pigment to canvas or paper. Art can be the voice that cries out without limits, or sometimes whispers the thoughts of the creator. Art speaks silently, yet conjures up feelings and gives satisfaction that is undeniable, and yet intrinsic. It validates our need to learn about ourselves, and gives us freedom to search for our own identities. The road is long and often dusty, but always renewing the spirit with inspiration. It is my hope in this lifetime to give a part of what I have learned through and on my journey with others. The deepest form of us is revealed in our thoughts and my art is the translation of my thoughts to paper and canvas. I paint layers of color and line to create a history of marks that will guide the viewer into my world of thought and engage them in the process. I embed personal symbols throughout my art to give it deeper meaning. I encourage you to think about life in a visual way and to contemplate our connections with each other and the world we share.
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5 Responses to Ink on paper….

  1. paulette says:

    I would love to sit at your feet and see your work with your eyes, what a wonderful thing that would be.

  2. OHH WOW, I really love that, want it..BEAUTIFUL

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