Monday, June 26, 2006
What to do?
"Develop your visual memory. Draw everything you have drawn from the model from memory as well. Realize that a drawing is not a copy. It is a construction in very different material. A drawing is an invention. The technique of painting is very difficult, very interesting. There is no end to the study of technique. Yet more important than the lifelong study of technique is the lifelong self-education. In fact technique can only be used properly by those who have definite purpose in what they do, and it is only they who invent technique. Other wise it is the work of parrots.
You can do anything you want to do. What is rare is this actual wanting to do a specific thing: wanting it so much that you are practically blind to all other things, that nothing else will satisfy you. When you, body and soul, wish to make a certain expression and cannot be distracted from this one desire, then you will be able to make a great use of whatever techinical knowledge you have. You will have clairvoyance, you will see the uses of the technique you already have, and you will invent more." From the book The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
The following drawing is from the Weekly Drawing Thread at Wet Canvas. Charcoal and white pitt pencil on pastel, tinted grey paper.