February 13th, 2011
Of all my work done over decades I feel akin to my drawings…sketches mostly. If the house were burning I might rush to save my sketchbooks before any other art work. The reason is the sketches are like little stories, visual ideas that reflect on a particular time and place (at least, recognizable to me in that way).
Drawing is an observation pathway, a discipline that links me with my subject and puts me in a space separate from thinking. The white paper is the void and once a mark is made shapes begin to form. It is magic really, sacred stuff if I can keep my inner critic out of the experience. So I recommend it to nearly everyone. and now at a newly busy time of my life that pulls me from my studio more often than not, I am reminding myself too, to go back to pencil and paper. So I am assigning myself a drawing a day - quick and painless when time is short…and a way to practice, and stay engaged with my creativity.
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