Vija Celmins - "I see drawing as thinking, as evidence of thinking, as evidence of going from one place to another."
Art Without Compromise by Wendy Richmond
Chapter 6: " Another Kind of Language"
section 6: "Why Do You Draw?"
I'll be leaving for a three-day trip tomorrow morning and so I thought I'd post something that everyone can chew on for several days until my next post. In Chapter 6 of her book, Richmond asks us why we artists draw. My immediate answer to the question is because when I was very young I was given crayons and paper and encouraged to draw. That encouragement continued throughout my life. And, once I learned to draw I liked it very much, so I had the desire to continue. Also, because I think in pictures rather than words, drawing is the easiest way for me to express my thoughts and feelings. Remember the game Pictionary? It was one of the few games that I could win.
But, my set of answers to Richmond's question won't necessarily be the same as someone else's, and to find answers the author conducted an informal poll among her colleagues, students, and readers. She placed their answers into these general categories that I'll paraphrase:
- drawing is a physical act that links the eye and hand in a way that's physically deeply satisfying
- drawing is a way of meditating because one must concentrate on only one thought while drawing and place all other thoughts aside
- on the other hand, drawing is enhanced thinking that requires time and concentration; it's a way of deeply studying something
- drawing is a conversation within the work, between one mark and another and between the mark-making and the surface
- drawing occurs because one has the ability to do it, and there's satisfaction in that accomplishment
- drawing allows the artist to closely observe the subject, either real or from the imagination, in order to understand it better
Why do you draw??
How often do you draw?
Do you prefer to draw what you see around you or from your imagination?
How important is drawing to your process as an artist?
Have a great long-weekend!