Process of a Drawing

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Posted 17 Mar 2014 in Uncategorized


I love this space in my house, and there is a couch directly across where I can sit comfortably. photo-2





beginning.jpgI think: What part of this room will I draw? What will I include or exclude (the photo, above, reflects most of what I chose to include, but when I am sitting in front of the space, there is a whole lot more to consider)?  Where do I start the drawing? I begin with the chest, since it is central, and I think the objects on top will be fun to draw. I hesitate, and make a tentative mark. It curves to the right. 



big planter.jpgArrghh–the planter is too large. I consider restarting the drawing, but decide instead to see if I can work with it.





drawing done.jpg Further along in the drawing process, I am trying to make the straight lines of the door and wall (at right). I squint my eyes, to eliminate all of the extraneous stuff and focus on the negative space between the line I am drawing and the edge of the paper. I turn the page around so I am drawing top to bottom, not pushing the pen bottom to top. I am watching the space the line is making, not the line itself. 




I use the pen top and my thumb to measure the size of the top of the tall cabinet in relation to the dark wood chest. I still get it wrong, but oh well…





start painting.jpg

I begin to watercolor to the drawing, deciding not to outline the flowers on the wall in pen so they become part of the wall. I again start with the dark wood cabinet-excited by the wood grain. 






I stop here, fearful of overworking. Some big challenges:

The light was hard to capture, as it changed constantly. I had to stop and continue around the same time each day. All the walls are “white,” but not really…some light was warm, some was cool, it was hard to find the right value and tint. I noticed that putting in shadows really changes the drawing. Adding the dark darks-just small lines or areas–made spaces pop or recede. As I look, I see so many mistakes, but I learned from them. I can’t wait to start another!


  1. sissy

    Your process served you well, Jen. Not because you executed it so beautifully (which you did), but because you created an invitation to be in the space with you, in relationship with the space. It made me understand a little bit better why you love to be in the space. Maybe that wasn’t your intention when you started out, but that’s the result you got – at least from me!

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