Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Drawing My Way Back

Whenever I am out of the studio for a while - as I have been for the last few weeks- it takes me a while to get back into the rhythm of long days spent at the easel. When I leave there are usually works in progress and plenty of ideas for new pieces that languish in my absence. Starting on those immediately would feel like jumping into the deep end of the pool, so I stick my toe in and wade out to the deeper waters slowly. Usually, I do this by drawing-nothing serious in the way of finished drawings, but simply reacquainting myself with visual ideas by doing pages and pages of thumbnail sketches. This always builds excitement and within a day or so I am ready to start.

Southwest Corner
Vine Charcoal on Strathmore paper

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5 comments:

Stinson Fine Art said...

The drawings might not be serious but your charcoal on paper drawings are as compelling as any I've seen. I always like when you show them on the blog.

J

Deborah Paris said...

Thank you very much John.

Lynne E. Windsor said...

I love your drawings Deborah, but then I love to draw too... that's why we both love etching... just an extension... actually there is nothing that I don't love about doing my artwork, just need more time!

Brian McGurgan said...

Gorgeous drawing, Deborah - so rich in tone and atmosphere.

Marilyn said...

I appreciate your wisdom and patience in balancing the in-studio time with the out-of-studio time. Recently I experienced this frustration in coming back to the easel...I believe I'll give your strategy a go. Thank you Deborah. I so enjoy your work.