Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Big Draw - Quick drawings

I have no time .... arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh....

But: there is always time.

This weekend, among other things as biking in the Bois de Boulogne, market-visit this morning and working on a textile piece which made me break 4 (4!) leather-needles, I have stucked to our big draw and feel great about it.

The drawings are very impatient, made in a relatively short time. With angry strokes. At the moment I feel incapable of drawing something really thoroughly... so I don't.

As Suki said, short is good, too.

This is faded fannel. According to my husband, I'm the queen of faded vegetables which I buy at the market, very enthousiastic and with plenty of recipies in mind and which I then leave a week at least in the fridge forgetting that they are there...

So. Saturday I draw the fennel (used pencil and pen, interesting) together with the sea-salt and then we ate him. He was still delicious, even after having sat in the fridge for a week.

Today, after machine-stitching on a piece on which I broke 4 ('!!!!) needles, (husband came running into my studio the first two time this happened cause the machine which is one of his precious birthday gifts to me, made a very very ugly sound) so, after this I sat on the bed and painted things on the night table:

Two little mice my cat refuses to play with, and a little black and white sheep my mother brought me from a place in Northern Germany (BTW Paula Modersohn-Becker lived there) where this species lives in the heathland. They pose on my Moleskine.

And the funny ceramic lamp which is badly balanced and falls each time you come near it!

Monday will be another day, another draw.


Bad Faery said...

You call them angry strokes, I say they have energy:)
The fennel is my favourite.

Lynn said...

Four broken needles and an angry sound in the sewing machine...OY!
I understand the frustration of the machine not doing your bidding. I wrote several blog posts about it myself recently.

The ram is great. I love long horned rams. Saw them walk by my car in So.Dakota! Awesome animals. Your tiny drawing did them justice.

I like the leaning lamp too. It has character, life.

Your fabric work is terrific. Will look for/at more.

Cris in OR said...

I LOVE your quick sketches. You all are so kind about my drawings but I would dearly love to do what you do. quick sketching and it look like what I was looking at.
I guess I better start practicing and if it doesnt look like something keep trying.
Good job with all you went through too.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Elizabeth said...

I love your drawings, the energy in the vegetables, the sensitivity towards the 'pets'. You are very expressive with your drawing.

4 needles... goodness me! I got through 3 once and that was bad enough.

Always a pleasure to visit here :-)

sukipoet said...

The fennel is marvelous. As others have said, so much energy. I love the story about it too and the faded vegetables.

Do the mice have catnip in them? My cats like little handmade miceif they have catnip. Someone sent them little plastic balls with bells and they don't like those at all.

Even though the 4 broken needles is sad, frustrating--the rest of your stories were so amusing. Gave insight into your life.

You say your dad was a drawer and painter. Wow. How inspiring to have an artist in your family growing up. But also maybe daunting a bit, always trying to "live up to" his work perhaps. I didnt know any artists as a kid and wished I had even then.

Love it that the ram came from Paula Modersohn-Becker territory. You mentioned she was influenced by the Fayoum Portraits. I'd forgotten that. But the ONE folder I brought with me with art articles torn from magazines in it has both a P. Modersohn-becker article AND an article on the Fayoum portraits in it.

ANDREA said...

Thanks for your very stimulating comments, I feel this is going very well, everyone looking forward to the drawings of everyone:) I love that.
Suki, my dad painted very thoroughly, "formal" things, I loved that but always preferred to experiment more. Artist as he was, he never tried to make a living with it but had to quit school early in life and make a living with jobs he liked but did not love. Well, like lots of us;)
But he always kept on drawing and painting in his spare time.
I'll have to take a closer look at the Fayums yet, it seems so fascinating!

tammy vitale said...

This post made me smile - a lot. I do that with vegetables too. They look so yummy. Then I hide them away in the fridge to keep them nice and forget until they are small shriveled things (the best - much worse when they just tuwn into lumpy watery mush).

My drawings should be so "angry" - looks good to me! I agree with bad faery: more energy than anger.