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Your teacher, Anita
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.
To 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.
Please note the new day and time for my Art Opening
@ Perry + Carlson in Mount Vernon:
Saturday, Feb 10 @ Perry+Carlson Gallery 2 – 5PM
Love to see you!
I arrived home a month ago, really. My trip away was once again a huge learning experience; in Italy and France.
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:
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.
The 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.
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.
‘last bird home’ ,
a title I borrowed for class last night, as we ventured into the evocative.
From the artist: Mary Newcomb; she had clever and thoughtful, easy approaching titles:
‘strange park full of stars’, and my response, quick notions, concept, approach.
‘every butterfly has a shadow’,
‘man running as in a dream through the forest’,
and ‘the last bird home’.
You guessed it, ‘last bird home’ struck a chord, for sure.
Like monoprint drawing, working on a plate; so many tools available on the iPad.
© ANITA H. LEHMANN