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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.



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Draw and Shoot

mussels attached to a ball


Secondly, I am looking at landscape with a photographer‘s eye.  In this mode, my concerns are mostly about colours and textures.  Here, I am composing pictures (for possible paintings); or thinking of different camera angles and recording field patterns or how bracken and winter grasses interweave their habit; the way that snow transforms a familiar scene; quickly taking a shot of a purple sky before it disappears, or – as in this photo – pouncing on a found object that I have rescued from the jaws of my dogs.  I use the camera on my phone which is always in my pocket.


And lastly, I view it with a painter‘s eye and go forth purposefully with small sketch book and sharpened pencil in my pocket.  This type of drawing requires solitude and dedication away from the madding crowd.  Preferably, with no dogs to keep a wary eye on, no people to distract you with ‘chatter’.  In fact, if I encounter ramblers or dog walkers, I resent the intrusion into my private world and tend to pick isolated places for this reason.  This is an ‘unpeopled’ landscape save for a few ancestral spirits that might be hanging around.

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