I have always felt very connected to the natural and drawing is a good way for me to record that passion.
As this drawing progressed I found myself wanting to add many more things…including something that was not in the natural world. That ended up being marbles and a spark plug. I cannot explain way I draw some things, it just seems right. I guess I would be worried if it all made too much sense.
THE FINISHED DRAWING
After many additions the space was filled with objects that somehow seemed right. Some things are obvious such as a maple leaf being somewhat feather like and yet the beginning of a tree, other things sort of fit, like a marble being a little like an egg and others just need to be there, I have no idea why.
This is a painting I did using a photo I took. I was intrigued with the challenge of painting water, I am also still very taken with the spectrum and even color itself. While I like this painting I moved on the different territory in a work a few months later. This painting is about the “spinning rectangles” or golden mean.” and it is a part of a wider interest in design systems found in nature. A photo I took is still the starting point, however it is less dependent on that source. This painting is done entirely by memory and intuition. I trusted myself more and was not using a photo source at all. I like all three works and do not consider one better, just different. I did enjoy the last one more because I was much more in charge and I think it is more open t the viewer.
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Drawing and painting outdoors is a way to get back to real observational skills and there is something in the image that has a freshness that photo assisted images just don’t have. I have worked from and with photos for more years than not, but I now have a strong desire to get back to the basics of working directly from nature. The other day, an artist friend and I went to a site in Martin County, Indiana and took a stab at drawing Brooks Bridge. It is my goal to get drawings that have some energy and spontaneity.
The first drawing is not as interesting to me and the next one. I over drew the first one and it became all too predictable. The next one is an example of how I am trying to edit myself as I go and get some energy into the work.
Kit Miracle painting Brooks Bridge in rural Martin County, Indiana
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If you haven’t tried drawing with found objects I would encourage you to give it a shot. I usually start with a wash (water+ink) and work forward with darker ink concentrations.
This is another drawing, you can see how using sticks enhances the business of creating energetic lines to communicate the energy that exists in nature.
FOUND ARCHITECTURAL COLLAGE IN VINCENNES, INDIANA
The other day I was in Vincennes, Indiana and saw this wonderful visual treat. For many it is just and old building. But I am sure artists see what I saw, a rich display of texture and color. We took a back road trip through Missouri and few weeks ago and saw a lot of cool stuff like this. I believe there is a feedback into my own work. So I guess the moral is, keep your eyes open.
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Tagged ARTIST, BILL WHORRALL, collage, indiana, old buildings, PHOTOGRAPHER, the active eye, vincennes, visual connections