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depictive to the evocative; let’s talk

One of my purposes in studying drawing in Civita in 2013 was to further my teaching in the subject of abstract and begin to develop methods to understand this expressive side.Abstract drawing is the practice in which one represents their work using emotive powers, allowing the artist to fall into a meditative zone, representing ideas of the ‘unseen.’

These studies show this transitional process, from the representational works to the abstract; tools are developed to further this creative process. 

This is how I break it down: Representational (depictive) works: drawing what you see. Abstract (evocative) works: drawing what you don’t see; aspects of design, feelings and emotions.

So began the investigation of ‘crossing over’ to the abstract.

I start with naming my work which conjures feelings and new emotions about the subject.In the representational exercise, I use tools to describe the subject with line, texture, value, edges, shape, color; those I see within the subject. Then, in the abstract exercise,  I delve further into design notions and their relationships. I investigate and probe design/felt concepts of movement, dominance, unity, variety, composition; those unseen within the subject.

These studies and design tools aided me in the first steps of ‘crossing over’ to the evocative; mark-making about a place and time, aspects purely felt on a given subject.

 

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romeapartment copy 1To fully embrace the Renaissance wisdom, that to draw something is to fully understand it.

Realize drawing connects us to our experience, with an intimacy not otherwise possible.

Experience the inherent intimacy with drawing, because the materials are limited. One simply holds a pencil in one’s hand. The artist’s touch is elemental and we are able to see how much an artist can do with a pencil and how distinctive each artist’s language of mark making can be.

Learn about the ‘power of a place’ through drawing.

Join me in Civita this Fall.

https://anitahlehmannteacher.com/civita-workshop/

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an open house: Civita Workshop 2018

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‘bingo’

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Venice.

bingo.

I arrived home a month ago, really. My trip away was once again a huge learning experience; in Italy and France.

I taught two sessions of evocative/depictive drawing in Civita di Bagnoregio through the Civita Institute in glorious Italy. This was my second year of teaching in Civita.

I was awarded a fellowship in 2013 through the Civita Institute, where I studied drawing in the evocative/depictive process. ‘Bingo!’

My impressions since being home:

  1. Get right to studio and start writing, drawing, painting, collaging etc. The ideas are fresh and evidence is clear.
  2. Be thankful for all the good fortune that came your way while traveling.
  3. Wonder about what may come your way in the future.
  4. Listen.
  5. Find your “bingo’s.”

What are ‘bingo’s’? Simply said, a happening that is spontaneous but you know when it’s a win. One could play the game, Bingo. I like to play it in art. How many keen marks create a bingo? Did I find my ’80/20′? How did that painting feel? Did I leave the paint alone?

Mostly, my ‘bingo’s’ on this trip came from my remarkable group of students.

Each student bringing so much to everything; brave, creative, enthusiastic, cheerful, caring and talented. Bingo! Best students!

So, let’s continue to create those ‘bingo’s’.

Back to studio.

 

 

 

2018 workshops + classes

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2018 Workshop + Classes

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gathering evidence, an art show

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about faces

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Reviving old lessons about portrait drawings; soon to teach in Skykomish, WA. 

Thinking about that right brain process. Thanks Betty Edwards and Alex Powers.

I will post images from the workshop.

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Summer-time: New Classes and Workshops

“O, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
Join me this Summer for some amazing workshops and classes.
Let’s get outside.

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value/shape, with charcoal media

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Working in Plein air, one needs to understand light and form, simply when observing and recording spaces that ‘involve.’

IMG_1104.jpgOne can say a lot by representing very little and pare down a scene so we are left with the essential and have the information required to make sense of what’s in front of us. Charcoal media lets us stay loose, quick and a definitive, creating the essence of a space that is being explored and defined.

The Georgetown Neighborhood in Seattle is such a great field trip, with endless spaces to draw and experience. Let’s keep Georgetown, Georgetown.

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a day in studio.

 

collage, mark + shape…throw in a bit of texture, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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