Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sketches - Up Close And Personal
Analyzing these sketches today I also see a quality which was not formally taught….the ‘up close and personal’ attribute which I today find lacking in my work.
I worked hard at these sketches, staring for long periods of time trying to sense the vitality, the basic composition of each piece I sketched…..was it wood, did it have a life, how was it formed, how did it flow in space, what made it unique…..how did it ‘feel’, how did it make me feel? I carefully followed the rhythm created by falling branches, felt the volume of the tree trunk, the strength and character of the object and my sensitivity to its being; and would simply draw and draw and draw!
I guess my 92 year old mother was right….I produced better art work when I didn’t know what I was doing; simply studying ‘up close and personal’. This is a tactic I intend to refresh and renew in coming days in my artistic pursuit…..a journey back in order to move forward….. an ‘Up Close and Personal’ journey.
The old apple tree with remains of a tree house was also sketched with love and remembrance. From the time my four year old son could hold a little hammer and saw he built tree forts. Most destroyed by the local bully, but this one in a friend’s yard remained. I could see him hammering and sawing away in utter contentment as I sketched this tree ….this later became a painting which someone grabbed right away. Remembering my Jamie.