Saturday, February 17, 2007
EDM #105 Scissors
I started this on the 15th and finished it last night. I was way out of my comfort zone and it shows. But, my goal was to stay away from too much detail and I think I reached it. Usually when I draw, I take out my contacts (because my eyes are very, very bad) and my nose is 2 cm from the paper. Ok, I exaggerate (but not much, tho). I also sat away from the composition so I would only do a simple line drawing. I wasn't even going to shade, but sometimes I can't help myself. I originally had the tablecloth sketched in there, but erased it because I was afraid I would get caught up in the detail and it would then never get finished! It's a beautiful autumn patterned one. Maybe I should draw the tablecloth? Not! Anywayz, I was ok for about the first half hour and then I lost my focus. I got up and straigtened up the kitchen, threw in a load of laundry, played my piano, and kept going back to it, but couldn't get my concentration back. So, I walked away from it. Yesterday morning we went to a friend's house. She teaches my oldest Japanese and I teach her daughter art. The exercise for the day was to draw something from the kitchen so we chose a wisk. I had forgotten how hard it is to draw a wisk! But, I was able to show her how to measure her distance from one wire to the next and how to use the negative space also. I drew with her and from that moment on I couldn't wait to get home and finish the scissors. We came home, I cooked dinner (nothing special) and then we did a few chores and I sat down and had this drawing done in under half an hour! I do think that going back to the basics is a the key for me. So, now I have a frame job to finish and then I'm going to sit down with my pastels and books and play instead of trying to produce a finished piece. The music I used to draw this by was Brett Rosenberg's Half Light soundtrack, The Secret Garden soundtrack (I've used this one for many years), Once In a Red Moon by the band Secret Garden, and the Cowboy Junkies Platinum & Gold Collection.