folliage and whimsy

I observed a scrupulous realism and yet my drawing has turned out rather vague!  Well, my subject was a little vague too as it happens.  I decided to draw the lush deciduous trees outside my window which I view at eye level (being on the 7th floor).  I followed the lines that caught my fancy as I saw them, but folliage does have a tendency to wiggle this way and that as does my attention span.  And lacking the context of buildings or other more solid objects to anchor the subject and make it more intelligible, I got this nice grouping of scribbles.  But I don’t knock them.  You’d be surprised how effective such experiences are for creating memories.  I’ll probably recollect the quiet morning of this drawing nostalgically someday.  Scribbling is almost olfactory in its ability to seize memories.

I rather like them.  I might call it a self-portrait since it registers the inner me rather keenly.  This is what it looks like:  the interior thought-world of someone who is perpetually in search of her car keys.  At least my inner thougths are nicely colored.

Drew this little sketch using my left hand.  Someday I’m going to assemble a whole blog devoted to nothing but my left-handed drawings.


5 thoughts on “Drawing from Life

  1. I came to your site via Bill’s where I laughed and laughed at your comment.

    Now I’m here and am loving your drawings. This sketch is fabulous and I’m assuming you’re right handed since you made a point of saying you did it with your left hand. (ok, sometimes I’m slow)

    Your “scribbling” as you call it is fun, fresh and exciting.

  2. Great to experiment drawing with your left hand. I thought for a minute that would be good for me to try, until I remembered there is really no need to further muddle my drawing attempts. I’ve been enjoying all your posts, artwork and commentary alike. Karol

  3. Carol, I am very glad to steal a bit of Bill’s audience now and then (but don’t tell him so!). So glad I could add to the laughter that Bill begins with his fabulous, crazy stories.

    Karol – I began left-hand drawing after having read “a lot” about the right hemisphere/left hemisphere “stuff” of visual cognition. Left handed people are naturally right hemisphere dominant and the right hemisphere is where the visual cognition resides (although most artists, like most people generally, art right handed).

    So, I reasoned that by using my left hand I strengthened my right hemisphere — or got a short-cut to the visual fireworks.

    Since I’m right handed, my left hand is shakey and inexact. But that was also a quality that I sought. Cause I had fallen in love with certain “painterly” approaches to drawing (as one finds in the drawings of, for instance, Pierre Bonnard) and knowing that I couldn’t completely control my left hand, regardless how much I tried, was kind of freeing.

    So one does what works. Do not tell yourself you “muddle” unless you like “muddling.” Tell yourself positive things because art also employs an element of “hypnosis” whether the artist realizes or not. (That is also a “right” brain thing.) So fully let yourself love whatever you do. We stick with the stuff we love.

    I love scribbling, for instance, and hence use the term a lot. But it has negative connotations for many people.

    If you wish to muddle, muddle. It can connote a very creative state. In uncertainty, if one persists, one often finds new and unexpected things — new ways of seeing and thinking. And certainly one of art’s delights is discovery.

    Thank you both, ladies, for your comments. I love reader comments!


  4. Hi Aletha,

    I was reading your explanation of your drawing with your left hand which I found very interesting. I, too, am right handed, but may give it a shot.

    Thanks for the info. Carol

  5. Carol,

    If you do try it, let yourself be very free to make mistakes. Indeed, one thing I love about drawing with my left hand is that I figure the “mistakes” are the “fault” of my left hand! I just blame it on my left hand!

    Also, lacking the agility of my right hand, I find that drawing with my left hand slows me down — way down — and thus perhaps I see more — at least it seems that way.

    Good luck! Aletha

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