Daily painting: Making Marks


Dear reader,


As you probably know, I am often inspired by the American painter Nancy Hillis. She gives an assignment that goes something like this: Take a piece of paper, draw six squares on it, and make six marks on each.


And so I did.

I took a piece of second-hand copy paper, took out a few tools. You can see them below.


Then randomly started to make marks. No thinking involved, just doing. I really enjoyed, and in the meantime, I learned to make some new marks along the way.

I first did as Nancy said (putting six boxes on a piece of paper), later I just took six separate sheets of paper, to have more space.


There is a lot to say about this; I will write a more elaborate blog about this later.


Bye! (below you see the photos of the tools I used and the seven examples of mark making studies)


  1. Simone Nijboer

    Thanks! Yes I remember I did this one also a while ago, but it is still an interesting assignment.

  2. Dotty Seiter

    Simone, I did this six maquette exercise a year or two ago when Nancy Hillis brought it to my attention. I haven’t done it again, although I did listen to and watch her video clip again a few days ago. Now may be the time to grab a few materials/tools and play with marks again! I love seeing YOUR marks!


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