Barbara Jean Allen


At times in the studio when I am most absorbed with working every move and observation seems as intimate as drawing. Another time when I am relaxed and similarly observant is when I am swimming.  Also a tactile pursuit, and to be efficient it is important to understand the feel of the water and how to move well through it.  

The choice of surface is the first move; it influences how the drawing material is accepted and how light behaves in the finished work. I am inclined to use repeated incised or drawn lines and brushstrokes to introduce comparisons. 
I usually have 2 or more pieces to work on together with a similar method. Sometimes the drawings remain separate; sometimes they should be joined together.  I make a determination based on a choice to interrupt the forms and the field. The image is constructed as the eye tracks across the work finding similarities and differences.