|egg shell drawings Leslie Avon Miller|
Drawing the Unknown
Taking from the drawer
a large sheet of thick, white paper,
I place it on the floor
and kneel before it.
With a big stick of charcoal
I begin to make marks;
rhythmic, gestural, hard, soft,
intuitively covering the paper
until my hand takes over.
I work slowly with feeling,
into the paper, into myself,
responding to what is there.
I sponge, smudge, rub, caress,
overlay new marks,
continue building layers,
creating more depth,
darkening parts of the paper like thunder
causing the charcoal to splinter, crumble,
crack under pressure.
Now drawing with the rubber
I work into the darkness
clearing passages of light
and before me
there’s a tonal range,
graded and granular
from coal black
to the palest whisper of grey.
I keep going,
becoming aware of illusory shapes.
I keep pushing, pulling,
until I lift the image out
and my hand is still.
|Ann Symes, Burn 7|
|Ann Symes, Distant Voice, graphite|
For me, drawing facilitates thinking. The drawing process is so crucial to me,
and gradually I have noticed that the activities in life which I prioritize and
repeat outside of drawing allow a similar kind of thought process to take place,
for example spending time walking is very important to me.
Through walking, I consciously create time to think, observe and explore.
But, also I see walking as a linear journey or path through a thought process,
similar to that of making a drawing.
I think the other parallel is motion.
I find it easier to think when I am in some kind of motion,
which for me is particularly conductive to contemplation.
|Drawing, Leslie Avon Miller|
For me drawing is all about movement, it is always the result of an action, a record of motion as a result of a force exerted over time. Whether it be the artist's hand or body, seismic movement, the motion of a tree branch or the path followed by the wind through the landscape it is always the result of movement.
|Tim Knowles Tree Drawings|
|by mick maslen and jack southern|
|brown paper bag drawing, Leslie Avon Miller|
As I put this post together I realized the subject of drawing has the potential for several blog posts. To be continued...
To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.
More drawings I love are here.