Caroline Henry Art Blog
This work is purely a drawing, and of course drawing is absolutely essential to the pen and ink artist. Doing this piece was pure pleasure as it is when form emerges from a series of dots or strokes and the brain of the viewer completes the process of changing marks to powerful symbols. A sheet of paper becomes a delta scene, and this piece is ready to hang in a show I'm participating in during June.
But is drawing equally important to the painter? I recently attend a watercolor workshop where fewer than half of the painters were working from their own drawings. (This was not "draw with your brush" type painting, but require a pencil drawing on paper). They had used their own photographs; their compositions were authentically theirs. They had chosen to either use projectors trace the image, or they had enlarged via copy machine and traced the image. I know this is common practice used by many absolutely wonderful painters. I've used such devices for getting the main angles of a building or a few base points on a portrait that was proving difficult.
I feel more authentically myself working with my own less perfect drawings. There seems to be more of me, of the world viewed through my eyes, whether I draw directly from the model, use the aid of reference photos, or draw from imagination and memory. What about you?--do you have a drawing demon that demands you work through a drawing, or do you prefer to short cut that step in order to get on with the business of painting?