Seeing but not seeing, then discovering

Drawing connections
This was how this morning’s drawing session went.

Pffaf about where to start on the page.
Scribble some outlines.
Then looked – at the vase, the nasturtium, the leaves, the stems going up, across, stems twisting around main stem – all the while, pencilling.
Sketch done. Pfaff about what to do next. Always get stumped here.
Ok, goauche in main shapes. Gel pen the stems.
Finished. But wait.
Look at that amazing shadow. Such a solid and interesting shape – a second subject.

How did I not see it until I’d ‘finished’ drawing? Mmm…wonder how many other interesing things I must be not seeing?

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Lightness of being

Drawing connections
The thing I love about nasturtiums are their happy colours and how they look as if they have a mind of their own in the direction they’ll take. Yet, they are delicate looking and have that lightness of being. The vase? It’s what caught my attention during a yoga session and while in an upside down yoga posture. I suppose that’s what is called having a ‘monkey mind’. Oh well.

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Scene on my balcony (5)

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There’s something quiet and meditative about doing repeat patterns: dash, dash, dash; oval, oval, oval; triangle, triangle, triangle. For this one, I started with the shapes of the pots and bench, then patterns before filling with inky plants.

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Scene on my balcony (4)

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Kind of enjoyed the process for this one which was to:

1. Sit on milk crate with coffee. ‘Pfaff’ a bit deciding what to draw.
2. Settle monkey mind down. Do a quick ‘blind’ sketch.
3. On a fresh page, do a coloured watercolour wash.
4. Let it dry then sit the book under a pile of books to flatten it out.
5. Go to work.
6. Next day, pull out book. Draw with an ink pen.
7. Use brush and water for inky washes. Really like this bit.

Mmm…I think I’ll try this again.

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A rain cloud, 2 cups of tea and a fish

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This is what happens when you stare at two wobbly paper mache teacups long enough! It’s also the feeling of a conversation that is heart-2-heart.

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The spaces between

Georgio Morandi watercolour
I learn much from Georgio Morandi – not just in what he paints but how he paints; what he conveys. In this watercolour, it’s what he leaves out, the spaces between his objects that suggest so much.

In copying this, I thought about conversation and the importance of allowing for those spaces between when words may not be all that necessary.

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Paraphernalia of…

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Love the paraphernalia of festivals like these little Chinese New Year decorations. Thirty centimeters in length, they’re imbued with culture and symbolic wishes through the colours and choice of objects strung together.

A bit late posting this? To wish you good health, much happinese sprinkled at least a bit of prosperity? Surely, it’s not too late to wish this. Ever.

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Scene on my balcony (3)

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Google image matches say this one is called ‘Dusty Miller’. The silvery grey makes it stand out amongst all the green plants. It is a bit mottled and struggling to survive or looks as if it is. It cost 50 cents at the local nursury.

Don’t overwater, loves the sun is the general advice. I’ll try. Feels like it’s a ‘rescue plant’. Still, another plant on this earth is a good thing, don’t you think?

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Balcony abundance

Plants real and imagined
On seeing my balcony I often get the comment, ‘wow, you have a jungle out there!’ I prefer the word ‘abundance’ better still, would be the description ‘a rich landscape – inner and outer’. Overly embellished? Oh well.

Materials? White pen + gouche on black – nice change!

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