The blot series 4 and 5


The so-called blot series continues … as I do more, the character is changing, and so are the names I am choosing. ‘Galaxies’ still seems a good overall title, with individual titles for each. This one is more colourful, and has a few whimsical parts which I am not sure work … such as the dangling spheres on the lower right. When I look at small details I feel like expanding on some of these, enlarging them and redrawing them with more detail. Maybe that is the next development.

Details of No 4


This one, number 5, is back to the limited palette, more understated with more graceful forms. I have called this ‘Filaments’, and it is now framed and ready to go into an exhibition.


Detail of Filaments.


The first three in the series. All are worked on a base of Liquid Pencil random blots, worked into with graphite pencil and coloured pencils. The paper is Magnani Corona, and each drawing is 25 x 35 cm or 10 x 14 in. Filaments has been cropped for framing to 18 x 27 cm (7 x 11 in).


Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

25 thoughts

  1. Magnificent! Love seeing these, the shapes and feel of energy always pull me in, I want to examine each little ‘blot’ looking for something familiar while letting my imagination fill in the gaps…a fun way to interact with art. Beautifully done.


  2. These are also like sea creatures, don’t you think? They make me think of shy beings filmed when diving chambers are able to descend very very deep under the oceans. I can just imagine these floating freely around in the blackness – some jellyfish-like and some sharp with spines.


    1. You know, I hadn’t even thought of sea creatures, but you are absolutely right, you do see strange, floating unexplained entities drifting in and out of focus on those documentaries. It’s another mysterious world down there! And thank you for the Filaments title, you used it in a comment on FB, and it seemed to sum that one up perfectly.


  3. Just lovely Anna, I like the gradual changes to this series, really interesting to watch. You must share a photo of these framed and on the wall. They will look spectacular together. Karen


    1. Oh thank you Karen – glad you are enjoying the process! I’m not sure that they will all ever end up framed … I will see how this one is received, but I have a feeling that they aren’t going to work in frames. At the moment I am thinking more of turning them into 3D objects, but I will finish the series first, only 3 more to go!

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    1. Its so interesting to hear what everyone sees in these – the sense I come away with is it is objects that are beyond our everyday knowledge, objects from science, outer space, deep below the ocean. The wonders of imagination! Thanks Nancy!


  4. To my mind these structures aren’t nebulous enough to be galaxies. The greater definition of the curves suggests to my imagination networks of nerves. As I’m writing this, I see the previous commenter had the same vision.


    1. Ah, I see what you mean, galaxies generally are much more misty and delicate than these, and the intricate network of nerves are closer in form. The image that I start each one from have more of the quality of distant planetary systems, or the Milky Way, but then they take on a life of their own. I am finding it fascinating to hear different people’s responses to these, each opinion makes me think a little more deeply!


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