I had gone to the National Gallery of Art and made a quick drawing with oil pastel in front of Cezanne’s “Peppermint Bottle” and had drawn a detail of two of its apples. And reencountering Cezanne with crayons in my hand led me to make a vigorous drawing of my own household apples. Remembering that event (one great virtue of keeping a journal or a blog lies in its power to bring the past back before your eyes), I feel once again that keen desire to make a bold study of some ordinary thing.
Draw apples, or anything ordinary. Draw your shoes. Lay some clothes on the bed and make a study of them. Open the cabinets and draw your china. It doesn’t matter what it is. Simply study the visible world.
4 thoughts on “Around this time last year”
That’s the beauty of art and writing – inspiration can come from the smallest and most ordinary of things. I do love the word combination ‘peppermint bottle’ – might have to do something with that 🙂
Ah! You are simply revealing that apples aren’t ordinary at all! In fact, the way you use color, nothing you look at is ordinary.
thank you, kind readers!