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What’s in a name


This week I decided to give my students a new twist on making an abstract painting. First, I had them write their name on paper in paint. Then tear the paper into several pieces, glue the pieces onto another piece of paper, and then paint into that. And then, a few variations of that exercise. The results were fascinating: a better understanding, appreciation and ability to achieve structure in their work. You have to begin somewhere. From there, it’s an open field.

Interesting hieroglyphics appeared on everyone’s paintings, so I pulled down my copy of the Book of Signs and then Paul Klee’s Pedagogical Sketchbook. Remnants from my life as a young artist. So the mark makes its mark.


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