Drawing is no frills. No pressure. Play. The results are immediate.
My mom’s philosophy in child rearing is what I have tried to replicate. Keep kids busy. I did not watch a whole lot of TV. She took me to the library to read. She took me to the book store to buy books. She took me to the craft store to buy crafts. When I was in fourth grade, my mom took me to Ben Franklin craft store and I picked out my first sketch pad and drawing book. I was thrilled. I fell in love with drawing.
I bring a sketch pad with me in the car. I am a mom, which means I wait on kids. I wait at football practice, volleyball practice, swim meets. A sketch pad and graphite pencil are my entertainment.
Drawing keeps me loose. If I have been drawing regularly, I paint better. It builds confidence.
I have loads of completed sketch pads in my studio. When I flip through them, it is better than a photo album. I can remember vividly when, where and what I was drawing. I can remember feelings and circumstances connected to each drawing. It is a history of my life.
Some of my drawings are scribbles. My models mostly happen to be people. People who move. I have a few seconds with some. If I am lucky, I have a few minutes with others. On rare occasion, I work from a still model or photograph. It is then that I can flesh out my values and shading.
Here are my favorite 10 drawings for the year.
As 2014 comes to a close, I take the time once again to survey my work. I am a little disappointed that I was not as prolific as prior years, but I am happy with the quality of my work. This year has been a turning point in quality improvement, not only in my work but also in my framing. My paintings are richer in texture, looser due to confidence, and freer in spirit. Next year I will push to continue on this quest, but for one last time I will look back on the year and set forth my ten favorites.
9×12 original pastel on La Carte paper, $235, framed, plus shipping
Some paintings paint themselves. “How long did it take to paint this?” people ask. I tell them it took X hours, plus 16 years. When I am in the zone, it is magical, easy, intuitive and colorful. I had just finished six portrait commissions and it was time to cut loose. I painted knowing I didn’t have to please anyone. This one is for me. This one is for fun. I like how it turned out…free, fanciful, flavorful.
12×16 original pastel on La Carte paper, $350, framed, plus shipping
There is something about a beach that requires full concentration and attention. No multitasking allowed on that sand playground. I like that idea…full fledged absorption into a task, whether it is building a sandcastle, burying a friend and his wiggling toes or making a river that extends from the water source. I find myself multitasking throughout my entire day. I talk on the phone, check my e-mail, clean the bathroom, organize shelves…all at the same time. Multitasking is killing me. My brain is jumpy. I think I may have misplaced some of it. The only problem is that I don’t do anything very well. This painting reminds me of what life is about. I would like my life simpler, more purposeful and healthier.