seeing things

flowers drawing 2 (2)

It’s been a while since I bought some flowers to draw.  I need to do that again.  Drawing is a way of getting to know a thing.  The drawings that I love best have as their primary purpose the recording of a moment.  Flowers are wonderful to look at, to hold, to smell and they are wonderful to draw.

You choose an edge and let your eyes travel around that edge, and your hand records the journey — a trip through the flowers.  Drawing is freedom.

the picture unfolding

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The large flower wall has been thoroughly blocked in, and now I have to bring the individual parts into greater clarity.  At the same time I don’t want to spoil the element of abstraction, the aspect of the painting that suggests forms.  I want to suggest more than to describe, though my natural way of thinking is descriptive.

I learning to look at the painting itself more to gain a sense of how to go forward.  I waver between the pull of the motif and the needs of the picture to stand on its own.