between drawing and painting

riddle 01, (finished): conte crayon,  graphite and blue pencil on linen paper, 18" x 18

drawing is parallel to painting for me. in the studio, drawings are always underway at the same time as many paintings. sometimes drawings and paintings talk to each other. maybe suggesting a color, or a line. sometimes they never meet. a pencil is one of my favorite tools. roll it, the line is crisp, straight. slightly alter the pressure of the hand and the same soft lead can create magic. it's all in the pressure. a game: a test to make the thinest line from the softest lead. to make the blackest black, or a gentle gray.

details: Nine 6" x 6" squares