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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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into the wilderness: France

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It is a land of geese, foie gras and good cuisine.

An amazing opportunity in April came my way; so lucky to be with 5 talented women studying the expressive landscapes of southern France in the region of Gers; a beautiful property nearby Castera Verduzan. Gers is in the southwest region of France, north of the Pyrenees, a picturesque farmland with vineyards + destination to fine Armagnac red and white wines. Gers is the homeland of D’Artagnan and also the Musketeers; its land has changed little since the Middle Ages, full of rugged castles, abbeys, and bastides, as well as Renaissance Art of Auch’s great cathedral. In Gascony, Gers also has traces of the “Hundred Years War” of 1337.

Step into the studio.

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Step into the landscape.

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Step into your work.

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+ Step into the wilderness:

“There will be times when standing alone feels too hard, too scary, and we will doubt our ability to make our way through uncertainty. Someone,somewhere, will say, ‘Don’t do it. You don’t have what it takes to survive the wilderness.’ This is when you reach deep into your heart and remind yourself, ‘I am the wilderness.’ “ (Brene Brown)

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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 Workshop + Classes

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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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sk_1 2The Seattle Urban Sketchers were out and about yesterday morning in South Lake Union.

I was helping out as one of the instructors, enjoying being surrounded by sketchers, enthusiastic, eager and talented. I love seeing how bold they all drew and painted (with color!)

Plein Air work is gutsy. One’s senses are on fire; so much out there. Editing is key. Once one warms up then selection becomes easier. I could not help adding the murmuration of bird and their feather remnant in the sketch above.

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My view looking south, as I was demonstrating foreground, middle ground, background and shape in the landscape, I was so surprised to see all those cranes in the skyline. Seattle’s skyline barely recognizable.

The Space Needle was there to assure that we are still in Seattle and all is well.

Additional time offering: Watercolor workshop 3/28 & 29

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first of the day, and everyday

Just a quick minute, a brush into water, into paint, onto paper; that’s all it takes.

A warm up for sure; more where that came from.

How about a bit of red today; break from yesterday.

and then there’s tomorrow.

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Drawing Lessons from Civita: an artist’s adventure in Italy

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So excited about the new book and it is complete.

this publication available at: http://www.blurb.com/b/5184804-drawing-lessons-from-civita