Thursday, May 24, 2018

Expanding the Universe- through Abstraction

One of my favorite design exercises starts by drawing a simple design (you can see the trials above) and then after one is chosen, I divide the composition into sections. In the examples below, the design gets increasingly complex as the composition is divided in half and then in half again, and so on. It's always a gamble as to how far to go. Sometimes the original design is the best, but if you choose a composition as I did, that you don't like very much, then it opens up new possibilities and new relationships between line and shapes. This design incorporates the grid in the horizontal and vertical divisions. You can also see that leaving space between the sections adds another element of line.

the first ink drawing

divided in half and rearranged

divided into 4 sections

divided into 8 sections

By the time you get this many pieces, 16 shapes, you have quite a design puzzle.

What's next? I could keep arranging, looking for connections between lines and spaces and trying to see where contrast and merging add interest.
I could glue this all down and say Finished! or start dividing again. I could add more lines to help unify the design. Color would also be an interesting element to break up the monotony of the black and white.

Want to play with design and abstraction with some company? I'm giving a 4-week workshop in June at my studio in Trumansburg. It will be easy and fun and will lead you down some new creative paths. For more info -  Summer Art Workshops

Friday, May 11, 2018

Kim Schrag - Summer Sale

I always look forward to summer as the time when I can focus on my own projects. And this year I hope to continue working on a series of drawings that started over a year ago. There are now close to 50 drawings in this series, all 22x30”, graphite on Stonehenge paper.  I am exploring the psychological and social aspects of being human within the larger order of Life. I’m eager to see what happens next as each drawing is a new revelation, even to me and there has been great momentum in the process, the drawings almost seem to produce themselves. As this is such a big series already, I am ready to produce a book that can contain the whole series and I hope to begin this project this summer.

Letting in the Light

Please visit my website to get an overview of the new drawings

With that in mind, I am trying to raise some funds to keep this time open and focused on this project. I am offering some work, in color, on paper, for sale at a great price.  They are small works - 15x19” and 13x20". The first group is acrylic paintings on paper - color and pattern studies.

Blue Grid

Green Spiral

Red Grid

X Grid

Red, Yellow, Blue

 The second group contains small portraits on a patterned ground – oil and acrylic on paper. All of these paintings are $100 each (original value $200-500). 

Blue Garden, 13x20"

Sunflower Garden



Unraveling Identity


If you are interested in a more substantial painting – oil or acrylic on board and ready to hang, I am discounting my 2015-16 Paintings to $500 each (originally $900-1200). There are many more on my website - I'm just showing examples here.

The Immensity


and another series - The Emergence of Form



(You can see more paintings and connect to my website by hitting on the highlighted words above or go to the website where all the work is shown.)

Please come for a studio visit if you would like to see the work in person before deciding. Weekends are good and after next week I am free during the week too. Contact:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Work in Progress

I usually start with a very loose sketch, improvising as I go, but often the composition doesn't change radically after this stage.
I work mostly on developing the value range and details after that.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Summer Art Workshops

Workshops with Kim Schrag

Workshop 1: Expanding the Universe            Thursday 9-12, 4 weeks, June 7, 14, 21, 28
                                                                           Or - Thursday 1-4 

Workshop 2: Drawing without Knowing         Saturday 10-1, 4 weeks, June 9, 16, 23, 30

(If these times and dates don’t work into your schedule, let me know – I’m taking suggestions. If you want to work with a group of friends, we can work out a time.)

Location: 32 Elm Street, Trumansburg, NY      Fee: $200   Contact: Kim Schrag

Expanding the Universe (of Abstraction)
Design Basics (line, shape, color, texture, value, space, and composition)
Beginning with an Idea and Multiplying possibilities
Variations on a Theme
Exploring Materials

Have you wondered how to generate more ideas, how to expand the possibilities of what can be done? This workshop will explore, play, and expand on your initial inspiration.

Consider what you might do with these prompts: enlarge, reduce, repeat, stretch, distort, frame, crop, cut up, reassemble, join, and begin again.

A variety of materials will be used – paper, collage, acrylic paint, colored drawing tools, and graphite.

Drawing without Knowing
Responding to the process of Drawing
Line variation, mark making, creating shapes, creating layers and connections
 Playing with Drawing Materials - charcoal, graphite, eraser, blending tools, color
                        Organic and Non-representational Abstraction
                                                Opening the Door to the Unknown

Are you interested in abstraction, but not really sure how to enter the territory? This workshop will explore a variety of drawing materials and ways to begin drawing abstractly. We will engage in the play between action and reaction, as well as begin with an intention and allow the response process to guide the drawing.    

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Many Worlds, One Species

Many Worlds, One Species

Please view new drawings at Kim's website,

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Small Fires

I enjoy finding these characters in the drawings after the composition is done.  I don't really plan the characters, they seems to emerge on their own. I thought you might enjoy seeing them up close, since you don't have the original.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Losing Our Ground

With all that is going on in the world, sometimes I feel that I am losing what used to feel solid - the ground of my existence.  Now I find myself questioning what that means.  What is the ground? 

Losing Our Ground
graphite on paper
Kim Schrag, 2017

These drawings are 22x30" on Stonehenge paper.
Here are a few close-up crops to see the details better. 
You can also get a better view by clicking on the image.