Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ten drawings + sheet of paper = One wild ride.

Hi Friends,

It was pretty counter intuitive, but for the past month or so, I remembered to take a photograph every time I was at a stopping point with a drawing. It is really interesting to see the progression of a drawing because it allows me to reflect on the process a bit more, and after the fact. Sometimes I think I should stop working on something but I am having such a good time, it's hard to. Anyway, I'd love to hear feedback. A teacher once told me I needed to figure out when to stop...I believe she may be right. It's always a wild time wrangling these drawings into something I can live with, and that my friends is what it's all about.


I'd love to hear what your favorite "phase" of the drawing is. Did I just do ten drawings on one surface? Or could the final product not exist without all of the other drawings underneath to support it? Magical mystery.


timzercc said...

I've had numerous teachers here tell me the same thing about stopping...I think that's a thing about montserrat students we love working the piece of artwork to death. or as we believe complete clarity? its all our crazy teachers faults haha just kidding who knows what is right though. I love the last one, and the one three stages before that. Quinacridone Magenta????

Nicole said...

I really like the third one. I like minimalist color though. The color works really well with the black and white. It's really interesting to see the progression though. One of the things I miss most about art school is sharing in everyone's process.

Hulia Newman said...

Howdy neighbor. My favorite 'phase' is definitely the end product, but what I loved seeing was how the colors intensified and then you pulled back and softened them in the end. I like how there's a hint of something emerging in the final one. Huzzaah!

Bea Modisett said...

Tim - The word clarity comes up so many times with my work. I love it, but need to find that balance between clarity and atmosphere. Might be Quinacridone...not sure. Look at you learning things at grad school!

Nicole- I like the minimal use of color too, I am actually beginning a drawing totally tonal (ha) will be interesting to see if I can keep my hands away from the colored pastels. I think it will be a good exercise for me.

Hulia (is that you Julia?) Glad you like the end product the most! I think I do too, but I love a lot of what happens on the journey there.

Thanks for the comments guys! Keep 'em coming! If you have blogs or websites, let me know so I can link you through my page.