For those who wish to draw more

Palms November 13, 2006

Filed under: .Mark,Day 12,Drawing — markdm @ 2:40 pm
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Palms; click for larger version

11/12/06: The one on the left is inspired by the view from an apartment in San Diego’s yuppified Mission Valley area where we stayed this summer while waiting for our new house to be ready. The others are extrapolations. It’s funny: Over the weekend, I saw a watercolor in this one-canvas-several-pictures style. I thought it was too busy, so what’s the next thing I draw? This, of course.

Hockney, Caravaggio and the looking glass: This New Yorker article from a few years back is fascinating. It’s about the excellent LA painter David Hockney’s theory that, long before photography, many of the masters used lenses to project images to help them paint more realistically and in great detail. The content is illuminating, and it’s so well written that Hockney’s enthusiasm is contagious. I found it in this thread at the community blog Metafilter, about how some of the great Impressionists worked from photos.


2 Responses to “Palms”

  1. India Amos Says:

    Well, drawing is a method of problem-solving. Maybe you had to do this drawing to get it out of your system. Or maybe you had to do it to discuss with yourself why you didn’t like the one you saw earlier. A nonverbal part of your brain asks a question, and your hand answers it.

  2. markdm Says:

    You’re probably onto something. It’s also possible, of course, that I thought, “Geez, it’s one o’clock in the morning, and I need to draw something pretty simple. Palm trees. Palm trees are nice. But a simple silhouette of palms seems like a punt. Now if I did *three* …” ;)

    By the way, I thought the watercolor had several really nice images in it, but there were something like eight pictures on that one canvas. It was hard to concentrate on any one of them. Mine has just three, so with luck it doesn’t have the same problem (but rather unique problems all its own; heh).

    Self-deprecation aside, I’m pretty happy with this, especially the vertical image on the right. But the timing is interesting, especially given the issues you raise, India. Thanks for your thoughts.

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