In his last two newsletters, Robert Genn has spoken of how he finds joy in creating and sharing art. And I have to agree whole-heartedly. So, I can FINALLY share the fact that Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine's current issue (May/June) features a 5-page article which I wrote about a process that I had been working on for the last year (see my name in the top right-hand corner?!?). I wanted to incorporate texture and to create 'softer' work while playing with abstract painting, and these paintings titled 'Whispers' were born. It's so exciting to share my work, my inspiration, and my process with others. One of my favorite things about my job as an artist and curator as Art Program Coordinator at our public library is the fact that I do get the opportunity to encourage others.
On Saturday I taught a workshop for kids aged 9-12 and decided to teach the lesson of blind contour drawing. It's an exercise to connect the eye, brain and hand. If you want to try it, all you need is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. Look at the object you want to draw (a vase, fruit, a sleeping pet, a shoe) and begin to follow the edge of the object slowly with your eyes while at the same time moving your pencil on the paper. Don't look at the paper as this isn't meant to be a final drawing. Do this several times (on the same piece of paper or on several) and then do it again while drawing the inside and outside of the object, still not lifting your pencil. Finally, draw the object while looking at both the paper and object. This forces your eyes and mind to see what is in front of you - paying attention to distance between spaces and the actual shape, focusing on the perspective.
This issue hasn't hit the newstands in my area, but keep an eye out as it will be around very soon. It's such a wonderful publication and I am thrilled to be part of it. You might see my work grace the pages again sometime ;)
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