I have been aiming to do some quick drawings, mostly everyday, to invite in new ideas. The reason that I do these quickly is because I can be an over thinker and when I bring that headspace to my art, things tend to come to a halt and freeze up. I also like “idea surprises” that can surface as I spontaneously trust and create. These are things that the over thinker never would have dreamed and can appear through this process.
Spontaneous drawing with more than a pencil
As an artist who loves to create with all kinds of materials, you will notice that my idea of drawing is quite different than the usual pencil on paper. I am not necessarily observing something and drawing it, though that could be part of the process here. I learned it first from art teacher, Gernot Dick, when I was in Atlin, BC at Atlin Centre for the Arts.
Select your ingredients
I begin by selecting about 5 or so ingredients. These days, encaustic paint is usually a part of it. With this material I can use the clear medium like a glue to attach collage elements and the paint to make marks of different colours. I could consider limiting it to just a few colours but in this series I have been using a rainbow selection.
The ingredients for this series I have include:
pages from an old dictionary
pencil – 2 sizes
good quality drawing paper or 90-140 lb arches cut to about 11″X15″ but like everything else, size is optional
Wait for the glimmer
I start by waiting for the first image to appear in my mind’s eye. For me, it is like a glimmer. I see a colour and I see a sense of the shape or brushstroke and before it goes away or I get critical about it, I start. Then, usually another colour is suggested and I continue in this way until perhaps it is time to collage in some paper or put some pencil marks in a certain area.
A Took Kit of Expression
My mark making methods have evolved over time. This approach builds a tool kit of expression that once it is discovered you carry it with you and enjoy the feel of its expression when the idea to use it comes up.
Have a Conversation
This process is like a conversation. Ideas continue to surface as I am drawing and then all is quiet and the drawing is done. Things get difficult when I decide to make them difficult. When I trust my intuitive instincts and simply create from this internal conversation all keeps flowing to the end.
Assess and explore for meaning later
I leave the assessment and the investigation into any sort of message or meaning for later. Titles are a fun way to invite the viewer into the piece and explore the meaning for themselves. I called the drawing above Energy Soup because it reminds me of a fiery vessel to use to spark your internal energy. Sometimes words emerge as I am drawing and I might write them down inside the image. Then it can become a poem drawing….And we can talk about that another time!