by Jack Bergeron
Dimensions: 10″ x 10″
Media: India Ink and Charcoal
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Inspiration for Turbulence
“Turbulence” is from a series of drawings I created for a group show entitled “Patterns”. Living in Michigan you become accustomed to watching the weather and its evolving patterns of cold fronts and warm fronts battling for supremacy. I thought it would be interesting to combine organic images of clouds with geometric designs based on meteorological weather symbols of half circles, triangles and lines. The technique I used was to first paint the geometric pattern with India ink wash. Once the wash had dried, I covered the entire paper surface with charcoal and then slowly removed the charcoal with a kneaded eraser to create the soft and feathery cloud forms. Charcoal was added in areas where darker values were needed to create shadows. As the clouds took shape, the eraser revealed the ink wash geometric pattern.
I was born and raised in Michigan and hold a BFA degree from Michigan State University and an MA from Central Michigan University in sculpture and drawing. I’ve been creating and exhibiting artwork since 1977 in numerous one- and two-person and group shows. Among my commissioned works are outdoor sculptures installed at Central Michigan University, Letts Community Center in Lansing and on the main campus at Lansing Community College. I’ve taught art and worked in administration for 34 years at Lansing Community College and also worked as a television courtroom artist for 7 years in Lansing and Detroit. I continue to work as a free-lance artist.