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 is my second painting in this little series. How did I name it? I opened the dictionary and chose a word at random. Yes, I did.

20″ x 16″

11 thoughts on “Truant

  1. agnesashe

    Ah, now looking at this one I think the Picasso quality of ‘The First Time I Wrote to You’ is the black on the white in the picture which doesn’t feature in this one. I will be interested to see the next in your ‘text’ series.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I found that each time I did one of these, depending on how I was feeling or whatever, the painting took its own path. Which I think is interesting to see it work itself out.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. It really is so much fun and I don’t feel a sense of laboring over it or stressing as I sometimes do with more “representational” painting work.

      1. Scarlett

        You’re welcome! It is. There is something called Zentangle. A meditation practice to enter flow state by drawing patterns. Sort of the same thing and you can let go of thinking. It is indeed freeing

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