Monday, June 26, 2006

Illustration Friday: "Rain"

I had so much fun doing this, especially because it's been raining for about six days here. The man I saw looked so crabby, and the dog looked so happy. I rent our hovel in a neighborhood of vineyards, ocean views, Mercedes, horses and such. I thought, "Good God, man, you've got a mansion with all fluffy white towels to go home to! We're all crying for a long shower every morning, and we love to swim. It's water, not acid. What's the big deal?" But enough moralizing. It's unbecoming.




















Most interesting to me is my reliance on conventions. According to theory, my artiste disappeared 40+ years ago. I never learned how to SEE. So rain = lots of parallel grey lines. A leash = a straight line between human and dog. I have so much to learn! What does a dog really look like? How does it walk? How does a man walk? What do background houses look like in rain? What do puddles look like? I mean, I like my drawing, but I also see 75 flaws. I'm giving myself some slack because Julia Cameron says that we must encourage our artist and lure her out.

7 Comments:

Blogger Kelly L. Watson said...

all it's been doing is raining around here. wish I had a yellow raincoat and galoshes :)

6:50 PM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Kelly L. Watson,
I thought the same thing as I drew this man. How I would love to walk with galoshes and a slicker.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Christeen said...

I think you've used symbolic, recognizable images of rain, dog, man, leash- in a charming, niave way. There is a freshness to communicating an idea in this way. I would not say there are 75 flaws- rather- I'd say that you hunger to really experience the world around you through your eyes, and conduct that life into your artwork to be shared. You seem to want to be able to paint with more realism- do it- and enjoy that process and all the discovery it brings! But enjoy where you are on the way to where you're going! I admire you for working through Cameron's book- some of those excersizes are TOUGH!! Thanks for sharing your life and art- don't get discouraged.
Christeen

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