Christmas Morning: All the world was quiet (unless you have small children) and it was a lovely time to go drawing at my usual spots. I hope you had a good holiday. You might put an extra helping of bird seed out.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
So, winter is here. Not officially but in spirit; it's cold and snowy as you can see in last week's sketches below.
Winter followed me to Washington, D.C. over the weekend where my daughter was graduating from college. While she was having her picture taken at the Lincoln Memorial, I was sketching the fog-shrouded reflecting pool and what I could see of the Washington Monument. A flock of geese levitated and decorated the air above the pool.
But when I returned I discovered that Natick had had a lot of rain over the weekend. The island was inundated and a big tree was stranded on top of the dam. This is good as far as I'm concerned. Maybe it will attract some ducks.
Friday, November 29, 2019
Friday, November 22, 2019
Friday, November 8, 2019
Each drawing I do happens rather quickly. I wonder why this is.
- I don't really want to even start the drawing (fear of failure).
- Working quickly can circumvent self-critical thoughts.
- My time is limited (5-15 minutes each) and there are too many other things to draw.
- I have to return home in time to drive my wife to the train.
To fully address the problems of representation (light, space, fidelity) and to attention to the smallest dynamic moment of perception, I work gesturally. I'm inspired by (am validated by) different forms of Asian brush drawing, action painting and Impressionist painters. And lots of other things as well; too numerous and diverse to mention. Using pastel allows me to quickly establish some definition of space and light. The ink builds on this (although sometimes I put the ink down first) and offers bold contrast. I like the commitment that ink enforces. So that's a little description of one of my concerns regarding drawing.
What do you think about when you make a picture?