This drawing was the second of three drawings I am doing for the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego. I have always found solace and surprise at the beauty and harmony of a Japanese Garden. I intended this drawing to be an introduction into the harmony found in the garden.
When I first saw the bridge it had children running across it. The joy of that innocence among the beauty of the garden was a highlight of my experience. The garden creates this atmosphere of tranquility and joyfulness. Though the child didn’t make it into the drawing I still wanted to capture that moment.
Charcoal drawing consist of vine, compressed and pencil charcoal materials. The image is created by adding and removing the charcoal until the image is draw to my standards. The result is a dramatic scene contrasted by the black charcoal and white of the paper. My hope is that the tactility of the original markmaking and luster of the charcoal creates an exciting effect for the purchaser of these drawing.