Drawing - The endless journey

Drawing is carried out on a daily basis, both in preparation for a work, and as a means of exploration and creativity. I work with a precise controllable point, building the drawing line by line without erasing. Each line interacts with all the lines, the more complex the structure, the more sophisticated is the process of controlling all the components while continually exploring new dynamics, devices, rhythms, abstract and pictorial associations.

I draw from the life with intense facination and humility - I draw from my mind, while watching the journey unfold to make something I have never seen before!

I watch the tension build from outside the drawing process itself as if witnessing the event beyond the act of drawing. Shapes may become animate or inanimate, a circle may become a shape, a hole or an eye, the features of a face-like form may work in several dimensions, interacting with other adjacent forms becoming polyphonic.

Your own body language and patterns of learning, may cause you to repeat the same approach making a recognisable pattern of shapes from drawing to drawing. It is worth analysing this pattern, and to experiment with changing the way you draw, beginning in a different place, changing the sequence of the development. Try imagining that the entities you draw are made of wood, metal, or a soft material, this will produce a different feel to the work. Monitor your mental climate and the climate you are trying to evoke. This process requires great discipline particularly if you are to maintain the thought process throughout the drawing from beginning to end.

Erasure may provide a drawing process in its own right, working in negative by removing areas of tone, refining and cutting back edges or softening forms. The wonderful thing about drawing is that you can develop your own way of working, it is how you control it, or release yourself from control that counts, even an intuitive drawing carries elements of intellect and discipline.  The ancient cave artists were not primative but highly selective, controlling and sophisticated.  A non-intelectual artist would have to be headless!

Dissolve all prejudice about what drawing is as it can be child-like, mechanicle, emotional, informative, systematic, intuitive, descriptive, recording, humerous, shocking, spiritual, meditative, ritualistic, experimental, private or public. Make your own list.

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