Quick Draw

Bodrifty, Nov.2011

Bodrifty, Nov. 2011

Bodrifty, Nov. 2011

Bodrifty, Nov. 2011

Bodrifty, Nov. 2011

Bodrifty, Nov. 2011

I found 36 meanings for the verb ‘to draw’ in one of my dictionaries.  Such as in the analogy I have used for the title of this blog to imply there is a gun involved, (have you noticed a theme running through the last few posts?) or  ‘draw the curtains’ or ‘draw in customers’…..the permutations are endless.

I ‘draw on nature’ metaphorically to take it in, soak it up like a dose of medicine.  Then, by physically drawing what I see in front of me, I am, in effect, appropriating nature for my own ends.

My drawings are a form of visual shorthand.  They are done very quickly so that I don’t have time to think about what I am doing as I scan the view.  The action is a visual ‘freeze-frame’, a means of imprinting the image before me on my memory.

The process is sometimes selective, sometimes not so calculated.  By drawing the landscape in its raw state, I am tapping into my own emotional response to it.  The marks I make on the paper come from a deep place of consciousness within me.

These drawings here are a small selection that were done in one outing last week.  I made 10 drawings altogether, none taking more than a few seconds to complete.  More out of necessity  than design as my elderly spaniel’s lead is looped around my wrist, with 4 other dogs free ranging…. not an ideal situation….but that is just how it is sometimes.

I am not concerned with judgements such as, is it a good composition or a bad drawing?  What matters here is an integrity of spirit, a truthfulness to my feeling for the subject.  The less aware of the marks I make, the better the outcome, and that can only be achieved by letting go of any preconceived ideas or judgments about the process.

This kind of consciousness is a state of meditation that I do not experience in any other form of activity, and I have found it to be the most nourishing and fulfilling for the soul.  The subject matter in this case was an ancient village tucked away from normal view.  I like to feel I am reaching into my inner being and instinctively connecting to the land in the way our ancestors may have connected to their environment.  There is something primeval about the process.



Filed under Drawings, my sketchbook pages, Personal Philosophy

5 responses to “Quick Draw

  1. Jane

    They remind me of Lanyon’s drawings. I shouldn’t use the word, but ‘envy’ is what I feel when I see how spontaneously you draw. I am very aware that ‘practice makes perfect’ and that by not drawing regularly one becomes stilted and laboured in the process. I need to make some resolutions about drawing and keep to them! Waiting until the new year is not the answer – so what do you think of the concept of solstice resolutions – which in its way is the beginning of a new year. I suspect that you will have a view on that suggestion!

    Do you know the paintings of Nancy Wynne Jones? J


    • What a huge compliment, Jane! Not only is Peter Lanyon one of my all time favourites but you are not the first person to see some similarity. Yes, winter solstice is the perfect time to come out of hibernation and start thinking about blossoming into the renewed light-filled days with hope and energy. But you don’t have to wait until then…..I have an exercise for you. Take some paper and a pencil, sit down and just look around you…..then put pencil to paper and draw what you SEE without looking at the paper. Remember, you don’t have to show anyone what you have done…..let me know how you get on? In the meantime, I am looking up Nancy Wynne Jones……thanks for that. C


  2. Lovely drawings Caro! Really like the spontaneous expression. It is like a dance on paper! And you’re so right, that is a kind of meditation, when you are in that space. In the flow! Yeah!


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