February 5, 2013 § 31 Comments
The Drawing II students are finishing up their second value study. It’s quite exciting to see their progress from the first to the second. As Juliette Aristides writes in her book, Lessons in Classical Drawing, “Each hard-won drawing allows you to bring a new skill to your next one.”
The studies are definitely an investment of time. 20 hours is a long time for a millennial with things to do and people to text. So why do value studies? I gave myself the task of coming up with as many reasons as I could think of. I’ll begin to list a few of the reasons here:
Learn to see
Train to become a highly sensitized observer
Develop fascination with the mysteries of things to be found and seen
Pursue an understanding of light and discernment of value
Create the illusion of volume and space
Develop sustained focus
Build a habit of keeping eyes wide open
Spend enough time observing to get past superficiality
Begin to see possibilities for metaphor/interpretation of visual experience
Give time for your eyes to acclimate
Cultivate a love for subtlety
Explore surface topography-heighten the sense of touch in your work
Practice your scales in order to have freedom and mastery in a lifetime of expression
Gain ownership of materials
Capture the uniqueness of your subject
Enrich your sight/life
Can you think of some others?
June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
My niece recently acquired P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go! for her growing literature collection (She’s 2.5). In the 24 hours since the book arrived at the house she has already learned a good percentage of the book, I think due to the Seuss inspired genius of captivating images to accompany language learning. Images so captivating in fact, that this one in particular made an indelible impression on my own 2 year old mind when I read it almost 30 years ago.
June 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Above: Robert Cox, Watershed
Below: Robert Cox, Confluence
Small works are usually realized and experienced up close, but they’ve got to have enough presence from afar to pull you in. These two pieces above by artist Robert Cox do just that. Layers of graphite on film float atop a base of watercolor on paper. He has said that his work represents a mapping of miles traveled along mountains and bodies of water in the South. They bring to mind how physical places and our memories of them change and flow. They are currently hanging in the AVA Micro Analysis Exhibition. I had the privilege to also exhibit my 10 x 11″ piece Migrate, pictured below. It is part of a body of work that looks at the potential of storms to change the direction of our lives.
May 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’m experiencing a new attraction.
Well actually its an old attraction, but it’s getting refueled.
Partly by this:
I saw this book for the first time at the CAA conference in February. Now I’m getting to peruse it a little more thoroughly and I’m newly fascinated with what drawing can be. The book is a catalog more or less of a couple of modern and contemporary drawing shows held at Skidmore. I’m taking it slowly and only a fraction of the way through.
When I got to the spread of Ernesto Caivano’s work, I had to pause a little extra. His combination of impeccable draftsmanship and rich imagination rooted in a variety of source material from asian screen prints to geometry to renaissance literature enchanted me. I was reminded of another favorite draftsman of mine, Aubrey Beardsley, who shared similar influences. In Ernesto’s work there are stories within stories that allow the viewer to begin to use their own perhaps rusty imagination again. But they are not fantastical tales that do not apply to contemporary issues. They contain current ideas such as how we alter the landscape and how it changes us and the abundance of information in the universe and how little of it we can actually understand.
Drawing is so alluring in this technological world!