drawing a day ~ week 24


drawing a day ~ week24 Originally uploaded by dressform.

it's still monday on the west coast!

this week - other than the color tree.... [visit the flickr set for inspiration] is really quiet.... and i decided to try something new w/ the doily. it's actually a doily bedspread. i like the weirdness of a floating bedspread... the hint of what it is... the mystery of it.... i might try this again. we shall see....

i have been loving all the "four" responses out and about. it's such a funny little peek into someone's quirks, and likes.... i've been charmed.

tonight was a crit for my drawing class. a few were missing - this always irritates me... missing a crit is like the worst thing ever. unless you are deathly ill - show up - even if your work isn't finished. arrrrggggg! but more importantly.....

i had them do one drawing completely from memory and one of the same place/object/people from a photo or from something tangible. just to see how your mind operates.... one woman's drawing from memory was really spectacular. she has a facility that practically anyone would envy - her line quality is impeccable and it comes with such ease. she HATED her memory drawing b/c she felt it was wrong. that it wasn't composed perfectly, that the scale was off, that it had all these mistake marks... the rest of the class and i spent the next 10 minutes trying to tell her that the drawing had passion, emotion, that extra bit of something.... it had a horse and i swear there is NO WAY i could draw a horse like that from memory... the musculature... the intensity.... she had grown up riding horses [in tokyo!] and you could tell she knew a horse backwards and forwards!!!

how do you help to alter someone's state of self awareness enough so that they can see things in a new light? so that they can get past the rules that they have applied to themselves? tricky tricky tricky... there is no magic pill.... she was overwhelmed.... i hope she is bolstered... excited.... that's when good things really start to happen.... sigh.....

speaking of inspiring.... abby has written why she blogs.... link to the list on the left there...

Comments

wendy said…
I love the flowers with the little stitches in the center. I'd like to see how your doily progresses.

oh I am so excited for the girl learning you have a talent - or something that is admired by others...change will come.

what do you do about the people that miss the crit?
tania said…
oops! i will fix your link as soon as i get home!
;)
xo
t
Alison said…
From experience: She'll go home, absorb what you said over time, somewhere it will click in her brain even if she doesn't acknowledge it outright, and years down the track she'll come back across the art piece and realise what power it has, and then she'll have a little 'moment'. In the meantime, her perception of passion, emotion, and the struggle for perfection will drive her work higher.
It's a lovely story :)
anke said…
Sometimes we need others to open our eyes...judge without prejudice (if that's possible) since we all know our own 'tricks' and tend to look at our works this way...we concentrate on the flaws and not on the overall impression as others will...hm...am I making any sense here? :)
andrea said…
I so enjoy hearing you talk about your classes and students... not sure if that's the teacher in me (or another someone longing to become an art student again)... at any rate, love reading about it.

lovelovelove this weeks' drawings. I feel like a broken record saying that... over and over. but it's so true.

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