A couple of days each month I volunteer as a docent at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Gallery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. It has a wonderful collection of 19th century artworks. The building itself is beautiful and is on the National Register of Historic Places (U.S. National Park Service). During the summer months and in the Fall foliage season the place is hopping with tourists eager to see the building with its library and art gallery. At this time of year it can be rather lonely in the gallery. I was there today for my two hour stint and had only four visitors (pretty good for Winter, actually). I always bring something to read or even better, my iPad. Since I was trying to fill the time productively, I pulled out the iPad and started working on these three new abstracts.
The director of the Athenaeum, Bob Joly was in today and I showed him what I was working on. He said they reminded him of a circuit board. I hadn’t intended to imply that but it was a fun idea. I had plenty of time to work on them with so few visitors so I combined Bob’s “circuit” idea with my boredom and came up with the heading above.
My real intention with these pieces was to use vibrant complimentary colors in simple arrangements to create a lot of energy. The minimal textures were then interconnected with overlapping squiggly lines. They were created in Procreate app for the iPad using an Apple pencil. For the last image I used iColorama app to add a stippled surface texture.