The First Time I Wrote to You

In the fall of 2022 I participated in studio painting sessions at Woodmere Museum of Art. The class was called Exploring Abstraction and was led by Val Rossman. If any of this information sounds familiar it is because I have done previous sessions in the studio with this group. And that’s because I like being there!

Our instructor came up with a theme for us to consider during the latter sessions of 2022. She focused on the idea of writing and lettering as part of or as the whole of a composition.

I loved this idea and made several paintings along this theme. I’ve done a lot with lettering, asemic writing, and so on over the years, but never where they were the design and focus of a composition. It was a lot of fun. Here’s my first effort.

The First Time I Wrote to You
20″ x 16″

14 thoughts on “The First Time I Wrote to You

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I want to make more of these paintings, they are simply so pleasant and enjoyable, there is no angst about how to go about it, I just …write nonsense and take it from there.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          Thank you. Sometimes I wonder if they are any good other than as a therapeutic exercise! because they come along easily. I guess I don’t have to suffer to make a nice painting, maybe I should consider that!!

  1. agnesashe

    Oh I do like the energy in this painting. It has a ‘wiggly’ flow to it and a touch of, dare I say it, Picasso about it. I think it is something to do with the form and the black lines. Fabulous.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. This is something new for me (to paint these kinds of figures, I have drawn them in the past) and it is very relaxing to do. Just Let yourself start off and then see where it goes.

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