Mark Hartzheim
Series:
On the Road Rhythms
On the Road Rhythms
From September 2018 to May 2019 my wife and I travelled throughout the USA in an RV. Within the narrow confines of the van it was only possible to draw; painting was out of the question. A small notebook of staff paper, a gift from a friend, provided the necessary impetus for a new series of drawings which document the journey.
The titles reflect places, moods or the time of year. Turning Point, which was done at year's end, also indicates a new direction: Instead of emphasising the lyrical strokes, the background has now been fully integrated as well, creating atmosphere and shapes which hold the balance with the linear elements.
As I began by rapidly drawing on several pages of the booklet before going back to add grey values or color, the graphite strokes left their impression on the opposite pages, creating reverse images. Rorschach Rhythms, the only double-paged drawing, takes advantage of this effect.
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Texas Turmoil, 2018
graphite on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Peace at Last, 2018
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Sonoran Symphony, 2018
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

All Vital Signs Are Good, 2018
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

It's Comin' on Christmas, 2018
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Song for the Inner Child, 2018
ink, graphite on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Ring in the New Year, 2018
ink, graphite on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Carefree Highway, 2018
ink, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Turning Point, 2018/19
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Survival Song, 2019
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Rorschach Rhythms, 2019
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 21 cm

Broken Lines, 2019
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Happy Travels?, 2019
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

The Scheme of Things, 2019
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm

Finale, 2019
graphite, coloured pencil on paper
15 x 10,5 cm
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