Brown Paper Drawings

In order to get more drawing in, I have been carrying a 5×7 inch brown paper sketchbook with me everywhere.  Sometimes life in the city goes so fast and when I look up from my daily activities, I realize it has been days or perhaps weeks since I have drawn.  Although I am painting, stretching canvases or working on some project nearly everyday in my studio, drawing from life introduces a different element to my artistic practice.  While studio work is meditative, something about the call and response of sketching on location makes me feel connected and engaged in an incomparable way.

As you can see from my recent drawings, I can’t seem to get away from this brown paper.  The push and pull of black and white on top of a mid tone seems to work so well with the layers of Istanbul, and I hardly seem to be starting from an intimidatingly white page these days.

If a mere 15 minutes opens in my day, it is enough to keep up with consistent drawing.  I have found through this practice that working within the limitations of my time and materials, can often provide the most creative results.

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Sketching the Asian Side from Besiktas

 

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A sketch and a poem in Karakoy

 

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Topkapi Palace on a sunny day

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An elaborate column from Hagia Sophia

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Sketching home objects in Trabzon

 

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Prints!

I spent several months this fall in the print shop at Mimar Sinan, Istanbul’s fine arts university.  I first stepped into the school not having made a single etching, block print or aquatint for years, so I had to roll up my sleeves and start from scratch on this one.  Working in the Gravür Atölyesi, or print studio, reminded me of my print making class in college…except for this time I had to pay extra attention because all of the instructions were in Turkish.

The reason why I found myself with ink covered hands and working among Turkish fine arts students was to make work for an upcoming print exhibition.  Since I am a painter primarily I needed to spend a few months coming up with new work for this show.  After many weeks of drawing, etching, inking, pressing and learning many new Turkish words…I had made a series of 3 prints, all reflecting my current theme of interior and exterior spaces.

On the night of the opening, we crossed the Bosphorus to Kuzguncuk, on the Asian side of Istanbul to see my work hanging along with 24 other print artists.  The best part of this process for me is of course sharing my work, celebrating with friends and loved ones…and seeing that little red dot on the wall.

A very special thank you to Can Aytekin for the invitation to participate in this show, and for all of the help and patience.  Also to my friends and family, and to Ozgur for all of your love and support this fall.

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“Untitled” Etching and Aquatint on Paper, 2014

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“Pekmaz Yaparken” Dry Point Print on Paper, 2014

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“Interior/Exterior” Etching and Aquatint on Paper. Credit for the original photograph of this piece goes to Heather Freedman.

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Village Collaboration

Sometimes collaboration comes in unexpected ways and methods.  Here are some images of door rubbings done in an antique dealer’s depo in Ibrahimpasa, Cappadocia…a project he was so happy and excited to help me with.

I’m not sure what direction to take these in, but the process of working with others, especially those who are not directly involved in the “art world,” makes me realize how much we have to learn from each other…

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Gece/Night

I started sketching at night during my stay in Cappadocia last summer, and found  it so interesting to compare what could be seen or not seen during the night, as apposed to broad daylight.  This fall, despite the dropping temperatures, I found myself outdoors most evenings…doing quick studies, taking photographs or making longer drawings with my fellow artists.

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

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“Ibrahimpasa at Night 1” Mixed Media on Paper, 2014

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“Ibrahimpasa at Night 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2014

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Photo Credit: Artist Heather Freedman

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Drawing India

All works were done on my travels through India, Summer of 2013.

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“Monsoon Colors 1” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Fountinhas” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim Market” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Market Portrait” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Rickshaw” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Cafe Sketch” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Market Sketch 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Monsoon Colors 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“St. Sebastian” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 1” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 2” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Field Worker” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 3” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Young girl” Pen on Paper, 2013

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“Hampi” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Agra” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 4” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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“Panjim 5” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

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Sketchbook Page, 2013

Monsoon Colors

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Some flight home, on some date, some day-trip to a friend’s home

in a nice neighborhood, some old men who sell figs in a damp

market, wave gently and nod by, a boy on his tractor,

breathless and heavy, with Monsoon colors in his hair

Sleeping Positions.

An excerpt from a poem by Catherine Reeves

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“Monsoon Colors” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

Prints

Just a quick side note before I continue with my account of the Black Sea….

I have recently been in touch with people about selling prints of my paintings.  I have sold a few in the past, but have never done much advertising for them.  Its good for me because prints are easy and fast to make, and good for the client because they are affordable, can be printed at any size and look almost as good as an original.  So, that being said if you are interested in purchasing a print of any sketch, painting or drawing of mine, please contact me at gabrielleannreeves@gmail.com.  You can find most of my work on this site, as well as at Gabriellereeves.com.

A few examples of prints sold…

"Mala in the Monsoon" Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

“Mala in the Monsoon” Mixed Media on Paper, 2013

"Waldo" Oil on Canvas, 2011

“Waldo” Oil on Canvas, 2011

"On Road"  Oil on Canvas, 2008

“On Road” Oil on Canvas, 2008

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“Apparaition” Oil on Panel, 2010

Thank you to everyone who has supported my work!  Now, back to the Black Sea…