Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Drawing Nature Morte
Claudia and I have once again each followed our instinctive way of working. Claudia focusing on line using pencil and markers and I am using charcoal and approaching the subject through value masses.
How amazing that nature and art are so diverse!
We both felt such a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere in the studio as we concentrated on these very ordinary oak branches, explored them and really looked at them in an effort to see them and know them through drawing.
The act of drawing is the heart and soul, the core, of being an artist. Drawing, not just seeing. Artists know and understand the world not just by observing it but by drawing it. They know and understand themselves not just through introspection but through drawing. This is why keeping a sketchbook and drawing throughout their lives is such an obsession for artists.
Painting is a whole other enterprise. Drawing is our first, most basic language as an artist. Drawing is a journey and an exploration. A drawing is not meant to be a finished product but an action, a process, a record of our artist mind working.
Posted by Jan Blencowe