The book The Thinking Hand is a wonderful read. It touches on so many aspects of seeing and drawing in which I am interested. I just love it.
Juhani Pallasmaa discusses “eye-hand-mind fusion”, the relationship of the hand and tool, and the role of the hand itself in the development of communication and language… That is only the start of what Juhani Pallasmaa discusses. It is written in the context of architecture, but it defintitely not just for architects.
We were very luck to have a trip to Thailand recently. I spent some time doing some ink and watercolour sketches during the visit. It’s such a satisfying way to record your visit and experiences…Ok..Ok..our experiences mainly involved relaxation… but we had a great time.
Just discovered a great website…beautiful photography and wonderful design.
Last week I was lucky to be part of Time for Drawing, designed and lead by Rena Czaplinska-Archer, a weekend workshop at Riversdale. A beautiful part of the world and a diverse group of people. With movement interwoven into the weekend (by Victoria of Bodyweather) we were reminded that ‘seeing’ is more than a visual experience. My interest in the benefits drawing/painting has on learning, critical thinking and mental health was well and truly fuelled. Just loved it.
Movement capture in ink
Waking up to the day
I am loving creating these little paintings. Am I experiencing urges to paint larger? Well…yes…sometimes. When you start out small you feel compelled to paint small. Teeny brushstrokes and heaps of detail. So it has been great to find you can still use expressive brushstrokes on the smaller scale.
You can see my progress on Facebook…
Yesterday I went into the Museum of Contemporary Art for the first Mother Artist Forum hosted by the producers of Big Kids Magazine, Jo Pollitt and Lilly Blue. It was a an open conversation without pretence. Many are women that have had artistic careers before motherhood have continued throughout the baby years, juggling family and work. Others have been a professional and found that mothering has paused their creative activity, and placed contraints on their time that are difficult to manage. Others are just starting to persue their art and wondering how the others do it! (ahh hello, that’s me)
The theme of process was discussed and I relate to this well. The feeling of chipping away at something is very comforting when you take the time to look back and reflect on your progress and the journey. The idea of making your goals into small bite sized chunks so your plan is designed for success. The idea of not being able to stop yourself from creating and realising that sometimes (most times) I don’t act on my instincts…
Thankyou for a great morning. Some of the other words that I jotted down after the event included value, context, nurture, exhaustion, bewilderment and flexibility. But lets get back to following your instincts…it sounds like a good pathway to follow.