A couple weeks ago i shared with you some of Michael Gadlin's works of art, his studio, and peeks into his journals. He is extremely generous, letting me dig through his art journal and pick his brain over art, his process, and life as an artist. i am back again today to share more of his incredible pages. Imagine me sitting on his studio floor just flipping page after page. Once again i took so many pictures i had to break it up into two post. Today is the second photo-filled post.
This Journal is a bit bigger than the last one i share but equally inspiring. i love that he altered the cover with stickers.
Simple lines turned into beautiful patterns. i love the way he plays in his journals using a paint brush just to see what it will create. it's a great way to warm up the day and a spring board for new ideas.
It's amazing how those brush strokes sing with just a little bit of color. Add a little paint carved into the page and the patterns become parts of figures. These figures remind me of the Venus de Milo, the ancient greek statue.
i love his self portraits. The top one is a painted portrait of himself. i can tell he used more than just paint. The bottom is his take on a self-portrait. Do you see his notes on the right of the page with the details of the original piece?
We did something similar to these two pages in Abstract class. I can tell you it was so much fun and i love seeing how the idea came from these page.
Michael's body of work also includes collage. He's very gifted at collage, seeing and creating values in torn bits of paper. You can check out his collage pieces here.
He works with paper. He works with paint. He's been mixing mediums long before mixed media was the buzz word. i love his minimalist pieces as much as his controlled chaos pieces.
The words on the bottom piece say it all and i couldn't agree more. i love color.
Michael makes me look at lines in a whole new way. I really love these pieces. The pop of color is beautiful but there is something aout those lines. those glorious lines.
What have you notice in his journals?