So over the past few months I have been developing ideas in the form of maquettes for new directions in my studio work. There are a few groups of ideas and this month I began developing studies from one of them. This first group of images are portrait based and use as a starting point the Rorschach tests used in psychotherapy. A couple of the primary themes I’m developing is multivalence and emergence in the context of, of course, painting. I’ll write more about them in the coming weeks but for the moment, just to introduce them, here are the first of many. They all share a working title of Rorschach Portrait and each have a number to identify which they are in the group. These are 18×24″ charcoal, graphite and chalk on grey velvet paper. I will develop a selection of these into oil paintings.