Daily Archives: April 17, 2014

Timeout for Art: Plants

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Plants, it seems, would always be a good subject for sketching.

They don’t squirm, change expression, or walk away.

As I looked through these sketches, though, I notice distinct differences.

When I am drawing plants as a part of a landscape or a larger picture, my marks are tentative and sketchy.

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When my subject is an individual plant, there is greater confidence in my line quality, and even in the clearer distribution of shadows.

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When I first started taking drawing classes, I was totally inhibited by the large (18″x24″) paper. My drawings were small, centrally located things, shying away from those distant edges. But, with practice, I learned to “see” larger, and to draw right to and beyond the edges of the paper. I still draw beyond the borders, but with time and space constraints, my drawings have gotten much smaller

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I do most of my sketching inside, and most of my subjects are small.

Clearly, that is where my strength lies, at this time.

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