Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fernando at Gimme in Trumansburg

The Dragon and the Butterfly

Fernando is having a show of assemblages at Gimme Coffee in Trumansburg, through August.
The five assemblages in this show are an experimental collaboration with MARK OROS, lapidary artist at HASHNU STONES in Trumansburg.

Journey Beyond Separation

Fancy Mom

Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Notebook is Born

Fernando has been designing a notebook. 

The shapes are selected from Taughannock Creek stones.

These are the chosen stones in their final arrangement. 
The stone shapes are carved into the cover board.

The book cover is prepared.

The book block and the cover are ready to be glued together.

The stone shapes are also added to the back cover in low relief.

The front and back boards have been covered in blue linen fabric.

The stones are glued onto the cover.

The beautiful front cover of the book. 

The back cover.

This lovely wedding guest book or personal journal is 6x9".

Fernando -

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

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.

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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Website update

I have just updated my website with the second half of the drawings that I did in 2017.
I'll post a few here, but I think you will enjoy the whole group.

A Monument to Ourselves

Down the Drain

Everyone in a Box

How to Be Human

The Reflection in God's Eye