Wednesday, November 16, 2005
EDM # 24 Draw a piece of fruit
B pencil. I keep the bananas for Mark's lunch in a fruit bowl by the kettle so I'm often looking at them and thinking how I'd like to draw them 'some day'. Yesterday, I grabbed them and did just that! I particularly liked the lines from this angle but I wasn't sure if I could make it work. Now that I've finished, I wonder if I ever really looked at bananas before! After I draw something I look at it in a completely new way and I can really 'see' it. It's like when you have children and you wonder what your life was like before! What was I seeing before? I keep thinking my style is wrong, I should try and simplify, work with pens or paint but working in this way with pencil I take my time and explore the subject. Somehow I don't think I would do this in another medium.
I was reading 'Drawing From Within' today and in it the author tells us not to keep seeking out techniques, not to find out 'how' but to explore the 'why'. I've stopped making quilts because all the books I've read and the classes I've taken only explore techniques. It was becoming an end in itself and not helping me at all. Now that I've picked up my pencil again after 3 years, I feel I'm returning to the 'why'. I hope I can go back to quilting to explore colour but without all the unnecessary baggage I had before.