One of the happy surprises about starting my new series was rediscovering how much I love drawing.
Whether the drawn mark is veiled and obscured, as is the piece above, or the main event like in this one (PortTown 9, mixed media on canvas, 36”x36”, $2850, available at time of post), I love the drawn mark. It feels good to deposit the mark on the canvas, paper or mylar. It feels good to smear it or see it drip.
Here are a few of my favourite quotes about drawing:
"A drawing is simply a line going for a walk."
"Drawing is putting a line (a)round an idea."
"Drawing takes time. A line has time in it"
"When I make my drawings... the path traced by my pencil on the sheet of paper is, to some extent, analogous to the gesture of a man groping his way in the darkness." Alberto Giacometti
“Drawing keeps the eye fresh, the mind alive, and the intuition nimble.”
"Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly discover the world."
"Drawing is one of the best ways to meditate, while staying connected to the world around us."
"Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory - where it stays - it's transmitted by your hands.”
Martin Gayford, A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney
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