tree sketch in pen

Idle moment waiting in the car in the rain. I drew a little tree sketch in my pocket notebook.  It was something to do.  I like trees, love observing them in all kinds of weather.  Drawing the tree was helping to keep me awake.  It can be difficult staying alert during long periods of rain.  Letting my eyes wander among the beautiful shapes made by the boughs of the tree was a pleasant venture.

It relates to other projects — even to other kinds of trees.  I have a painting currently on hold that the little sketch helps me think about.  I do paintings in waves of activity.  Usually I start something, take it along a certain degree, then I put it aside.  For me the interlude of separation appears to be a necessary part of the process of completing the picture.  I used to chide myself for not finishing things.  I didn’t realize that I needed the passage of respite from the image. I finish the pictures, but it takes longer than I had supposed. Now that I know this, I have a whole different relationship to the task.

4 thoughts on “thinking is the beginning of doing

  1. I can relate with you on the chiding oneself about not finishing a painting right away…but like you that was in the past. I like have the time to let it sit and see what it needs, if anything. Sometimes I’ll put it away for several months and then look at it with fresh eyes. By the way, your tree has a “Cezanne” feeling to it. I love the movement to the left of it and the branches on the right helps to balance out the movement that I see.

  2. thank you, Margaret — yes, it’s wonderful that at least eventually we do give ourselves a break! haha Papa Cezanne is definitely my teacher where pine trees are concerned. I still have yet to learn how to portray the pine tree “on my own” so to speak. But that, too, is okay. Time is there for us to live inside of — so we might as well enjoy learning, right!

  3. Foundering works for me. I cherish mistakes. So much of art pedagogy is about eliminating or avoiding mistakes, but I get so many ideas from my mistakes. In mistakes I find a huge source of innovation — even as regards realism. Calling certain effects mistakes is like calling a hardy native plant a weed. My foundering constitutes my weeds, my native ideas — sometimes they start out very raw and I must rework them a lot — but at least there is something to be reworked! Not sure if that’s what you meant, but — oh, get me started! haha!

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