Two years ago, I started drawing skies and almost as soon as I posted them, I stopped. A critical mind is important until it impacts productivity.
I’ve truly enjoyed making this drawing the last few days. The challenge of adding architecture which I never draw was fun and I learned that I could improve the drawing through photographing it and seeing where shading needed to be fixed. It’s not perfect but it’s finished.
This drawing was made from a photo taken on the first day of winter. The Prairies often have beautiful sunrises and sunsets and this day was no exception. I have spent years trying to build a garden to block this view of our back alley, but that day there was a realization that even the suburbs and man-made structures have their charm.
In August, my grandmother gifted me an exquisite set of tea cups and I have now just finished a rendition of one to give to her as a thank you card.
Drawing remains for me, an activity loaded with conflicting mind states: apprehension, contentment, concentration, judgement, excitement, disappointment, dislike… could this be the year where I turn that all off and just draw?!
For the sake of my students and my career in the visual arts, I think this would be a place worth moving towards.
2016: to a year of building concentration, perseverance and full time contentment in the process of creating.
It has been ages since I’ve sat down consecutively, thoughtfully and drawn. One can see in the results of the images here that skills are uncertain and drawing is about learning to draw again. I now think that’s fine – to continue to pick something up that makes one feel familiar and grounded. It’s been a pleasure and challenge to work at drawing these and a theme I think I can continue working at for awhile longer. Presently, my goal is reacquainting myself with the pleasure of process over perfection of form.