Picking and Portraying

Drawing – Making marks – Expression – Suggestion – Representation

I consider drawing to be mark making. Progressing through this course has encouraged me to open my mind and push boundaries. Experimenting.

My heart firmly in the more traditional techniques but pushing these techniques. I consider drawing to be 2 dimensional, a fine line between drawing and painting. Blurring. Drawing with paint, painting with coloured pencil/soft pastels.

Undecided as to whether collage is drawing or painting.

Feeling that the delicate nature of plants requires a delicate touch, tempted by traditional approaches but wanting to experiment – I plan to use coloured pencil and white spirit when producing floral observational drawings also graphite pencil with the addition of graphite powder. Encouraging a looser style and with more scope for stitch work. A good balance. Techniques, touched on but not previously explored. Crossing the boundaries between botanical and contemporary expressive drawing.

Producing plant drawings since the late 1940’s, but better known for his abstract works, Elsworth Kelly reffered to his drawings as ” a kind of bridge to a way of seeing that was the basis of the very first abstract paintings.”

Contour drawings for the most part, Kelly’s plant drawings are clean strokes of pen or pencil. Relying purely on line. Conveying volume with no shading. Reductive but descriptive drawings. Creating depth through overlaps.

Botanical drawings – A horticultural humanist version. Kelly didn’t consider his plants to be specimens. He considered them to be portraits of flowers  that prompted specific memories.

The choice of plant equally as important as the act of drawing it. The memory of finding it.

Kelly’s plant drawings demonstrate “a mystical appreciation of abstraction in the natural world.”  (Karen Rosenberg – New York Times – Art Review – “Loving Flowers and Vines to Abstraction.” June 7th 2012)

Plant ll Lithograph Ellsworth Kelly 1949

Inspired by the work of Ellsworth Kelly, I plan to capture the delicacy of form through the use of pencil and pen. Contemporary twist on traditional approach to drawing. Producing contemporary botanical drawings. Small – a series.

Somewhat heavy handed in my approach to drawing plants in the past, I plan to develop techniques I have used before, enabling me loosen up but remain true to my traditional roots.

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