Bailin Studio

He left a paper trail…
Studies, Underdrawings and Destroyed Drawings • on-going
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GHOST SERIES: SNAPSHOT • Charcoal and Coffee on Paper • 48 x 55 inches [122 x 140 cm]

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GHOST SERIES: DOUBLE EXPOSURE • Charcoal and Ink on Paper • 48 x 55 inches [122 x 140 cm]

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GHOST SERIES: RIVERBED • Charcoal and Ink on Paper • 48 x 55 inches [122 x 140 cm]

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GHOST SERIES: ERUPTION • Charcoal on Canvas • 55 x 55 inches [140 x 140 cm]

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GHOST SERIES: FIRE • Charcoal on Canvas • 55 x 55 inches [140 x 140 cm]

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DUXBURY • Walnut Ink Paper • 72 x 72 inches [183 x 183 cm]

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GRADUATION UNDERDRAWING V3 • Charcoal, Acrylic, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 72 x 83 inches [198 x 211 cm]

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GRADUATION UNDERDRAWING V2 • Charcoal, Acrylic, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 72 x 83 inches [198 x 211 cm]

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LAKE UNDERDRAWING V2 • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 83 x 78 inches [211 x 198 cm]

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LAKE UNDERDRAWING V1 • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 83 x 78 inches [211 x 198 cm]

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HOUSE UNDERDRAWING • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 83 x 78 inches [211 x 198 cm]

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DESTROYED 1 • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 83 x 78 inches [211 x 198 cm]

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DESTROYED 2 • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 83 x 78 inches [211 x 198 cm]

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DESTROYED 3 • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 83 x 78 inches [211 x 198 cm]

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DESTROYED 4 • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 83 x 78 inches [211 x 198 cm]

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DESTROYED 5 • Charcoal, Oil, Pastel and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 83 x 78 inches [211 x 198 cm]

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DESTROYED 6 • Charcoal and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 50½ x 55 inches [133 x 140 cm]

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DESTROYED 7• Charcoal and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 50½ x 55 inches [133 x 140 cm]

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DESTROYED 8 • Charcoal and Coffee on Prepared Paper • 50½ x 55 inches [133 x 140 cm]

I spend many hours moving charcoal from one area of the drawing to another – tracking and tracing ghosts. More charcoal accumulates on my studio floor than on the drawings.
Sometimes seeing just the traces of my footprints provides the only evidence that some kind of life had taken place there. It is at these moments I realize that there is no real difference between the erasure and the drawing.

All of these studies/drawings are destroyed except if drawn in my sketchpad. Most are lying under the skin of finished work serving as pentimenti. In that sense these drawings are valuable in and of themselves. I decided to document them for study purposes but are now serving as inspiration for my newest work.