A little background…

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Posted 17 Mar 2014 in Uncategorized

Inspired  to act by Austin Kleon’s blog, Think Process, Not Product, I am going to take the plunge and share the process of a recent drawing/watercolor, and how I have been connecting my personal process with my teaching. But first, a little background.

You should be aware that I really don’t draw. I’ve been told I am  ‘bad” at drawing, and I harbor a deep-seeded insecurity. I was inspired first by my husband, who picked up some Sharpies and a sketch book one day a few years ago and embarked on a journey he is still on. I was jealous of his intensity and focus, the way he loses himself in each page for hours at a time. I get that feeling, but never from drawing.

I started drawing during a snowy weekend at Wineberry Cabin the Shenandoah mountains. It was really cold, and there was over a foot of snow on the ground. Warm and cozy in the tiny cabin, I cracked open my new sketchbook and began drawing what was directly in front of me-the wood burning stove.







I made 2 more drawings that weekend:



There is something about drawing with Sharpies that is both intimidating and liberating– Sharpies are immediate and bold-you must make a decision and deal with the consequences…something about the permanence of the mark freed me, and I found I could take more risks. At the same time, I am forced to visibly deal with mistakes, not erase them, not try and get it “perfect.”

Another inspiration was a good friend, who did this crazy beautiful, yet technically incorrect, drawing of a kitchen. I love her drawing, the way her personality shines through–the quirkiness is what makes it interesting. I began to realize that maybe drawing isn’t about making something look exactly the way it is “supposed” to look, it is about making something look like who  I am, and howsee, and that’s my ultimate challenge.

By the third drawing (Sharpie and watercolor), I started to pay attention to what was going on in my head–I had a problem I was solving, I was trying to figure out how to distinguish the inside from the outside, and how to deal with the multiple lines and angles I was seeing from my point of view.

I think that figuring–what happens in that space in your brain when it’s clicking and firing away at a problem–I think that is the “art,” because your brain is stimulated in new ways-it is in uncharted territory without a formula or pre-determined solution.

Now on to the process…see next post…









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