One of my purposes in studying drawing in Civita in 2013 was to further my teaching in thesubject of abstract and begin to developmethods to understand this expressive side.Abstract drawing is the practice in which onerepresents 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 todescribe 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; thoseunseen within the subject.
These studies and design tools aided me in the first steps of ‘crossing over’ to theevocative; 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.
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:
Get right to studio and start writing, drawing, painting, collaging etc. The ideas are fresh and evidence is clear.
Be thankful for all the good fortune that came your way while traveling.
Wonder about what may come your way in the future.
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!
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.