This daily practice is a joy. Studio Bridge this morning had three photos of amazing artists. Nicolai Fechin, Gabriel Muenter, and Horace Pippin. Nicolai Fechin has been one of my favorite artists since I saw a gypsy painting of his in a Houston museum. Born in Russia, he became American. The reference photo we drew from today makes him appear as intense as his oil paintings. And his drawings are a complete inspiration to me.
All three of these are from visualartspassage at Studio Bridge live-drawing. We have 20 minutes on each pose, to do the best we can… but lots of folks go back and finish out their work. Today we had Arshile Gorky, Leonore Carrington, and Gordon Parks. I do plan to work larger. but these are in a 4×6″ sketchbook. Try something new today (you don’t have to admit it to anyone!).
I once believed that to learn an instrument or a skill, I needed to hide in the woods, a closet, or stay out of sight til no one was around.
I don’t believe that any longer. In my early 70s, I fell in love with learning to draw and paint. (Yeah, right. It takes 30 years to get good… what was I thinking?) I took the enigma as my get-home free card. As a beginner, no matter what my age, I have the right to make a mess and reach beyond my skills to touch the images I’ve imagined, because we all have to start somewhere.
As a songwriter/performer, speaker, and author, I boldly scrawled in big crayons. “Each person is totally unique and has a precious piece of life to share.. that no one else can duplicate.”
So… I called my own bluff….every day I draw… somedays it clicks and other days it misses, but I always learn and I always enjoy the adventure. Enjoy. #crowspun #crowjohnsonevans #beginning #sketching #learning