James Kuffner  

Pen and Ink, Chalk, Watercolor, and Others

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Tree Fractal
Pen & Ink 3.8x5.9in
January 23, 1991
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Felt Marker 5.3x8.3in
March 12, 1991
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Symphonic Magic
Felt Marker 5.5x8.0in
February 7, 1991
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Pharaoh Mask
Felt Marker 4.5x5.1in
February 12, 1991
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Lapses of Time
Felt Marker 5.4x7.7in
February 19, 1991
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Asian Boy
Colored Chalk 5.5x8.4in
January 30, 1993
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Still Life
Watercolor 12.0x9.0in
July 1992
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Chinese Bamboo
Watercolor 6.0x4.5in
August 1994
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Brief notes:

  1. Tree Fractal: This sketch was done at a time when I was interested in fractal geometry. Each branch and sub-branch of the tree is a scaled geometric copy of the entire tree.
  2. Shadows: An experiment in trying to create form and depth with a minimal amount of information, and using only two colors.
  3. Symphonic Magic: Inspired by a scene from the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" section of Disney's Fantasia. Having played the viola in an orchestra for many years, I am constantly awed by the excitement and the power of music to evoke emotions.
  4. Pharoah Mask: A simple study in depth and shadow. I have typically relied on shading in my pencil sketches, but those techniques are of no use when using monochromatic felt markers, etc.
  5. Lapses of Time: Just a quick sketch of the thing that I rely upon so much, and gaze upon at least twenty times per day.
  6. Asian Boy: Though chalk is physically hard, its effect can be soft. Here, I lightly brushed the paper in an attempt to create a soft effect for the hair.
  7. Still Life: Watercolors are very challenging to work with since one cannot easily paint light colors over dark colors as with oil paints. However, their smooth color blending properties and the overall softness of their effect can be well worth the struggle.
  8. Chinese Bamboo: I sometimes watched the Chinese artist on PBS who taught how the ancient masters of China would carefully depict delicate scenes of nature. This was the result of careful guidance by my dear friend Suchin, who is an amazing artist. The seal on the bottom-left is one reading of my first name in Chinese.

















































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