"Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes things visible in the first place."

Paul Klee, 1879-1940

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ahhhh, Saturday. And, I just found the most wonderful blogs...

"All that I desire in my life...first I must uncover it..then I must bring it into my life....and I can, I will, I must." A quote from Suz at Begin Again and A Garden Wench.  I just HAD to share!  I got lost over at Begin Again for a long time today, just reading Suz's musings and poetry.  Sometimes a person's writing just grabs me and holds me, and hers definitely does.  Do go over and visit!


Went to my second drawing class today.  As I noted in my journal this afternoon: it's HARD.  But I know that it's hard because it's worthwhile.  My left brain is in a bitter, petulant struggle with my right brain.  It is tenacious and not going to give up control easily.  But I am determined.  The result will be worth the struggle.  I have nothing to show as far as photos.  We are still in the blind contour and semi-blind contour phase, and just touched on negative space.  We did the Face Vase exercise today...again, HARD, especially because the teacher wanted it exACT.  But I am pleased to say that I am happy with my efforts.  I am better at all this than I would have thought and actually was pleasantly surprised.  The only problem is a standard one for me at any kind of workshop or class, whatever the subject:  I am SO SLOW, and always the last to finish.  But, oh, well, right?!

The best part of drawing class today?  I parked across the street from the most gloriously lavender (!) and white Craftsman.  I found myself smiling from ear to ear as I walked past.  And it's on a corner lot so I got to see a lot more of it than if it weren't.  I was looking forward to walking by it, and studying the lace curtained windows and the kitchen window filled with all kinds of crystals, and maybe even getting a peek inside one of those windows or an open door (80 degrees here today) as I walked by, all the way back to my car after class.  I will take a picture of it next week if I remember because you ALL need to see a beautiful lavender house.  I would SO live in this gem. (I KNOW, huh?!?) And, OH, the flowers I would have in its flowerbeds.  And the comfy chairs I would have on its porches.  And, OH, the tea I would drink while sitting in those chairs as I read the most engrossing books.  Yes. In a lavender house!

6 comments:

Barbara C said...

I love your description of learning to draw as the two sides of your brain fighting with each other. That's exactly how it feels to me too. It's like learning to write with our non-dominant hand: we learn a whole new menu of actions we didn't know we could perform.

Enjoy the journey. That lavender house sounds like something out of a dream a lot of us have.

Suz said...

Oh Bee...(I just love that..Bee) You are so kind to say such nice things about my writing...
thank you plain and simple
I have taken a few drawing clasees and yes they are hard..but what I discovered about pen and ink especially is a new way of looking..of seeing..seeing values..light-dark..never paid attention before on how they are linked to form shape...now I can see
and Oh there have been many a store or house I have passed by and wished I could live there if only for a day...Lavender house..I'm waiting for pictures>>>!

Jae said...

I can't wait to see the lavender house. Sounds perfect!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I've always wanted to live in a Craftsman cottage. I have the perfect set of mission oak chairs (a sofa, rocker and side chair) that I've kept for years and years until I find that house. Do take pictures.

jenclair said...

Thanks for sharing links to new blogs; I'll be visiting as soon as I finish this comment.

Your drawing class sounds challenging, but most things that are worthwhile present a challenge. Keep it up and share your efforts when you are ready!

Tracy said...

Love your talk of learning... and the new blogs--always fun to find new reads! A lavender house--I love the sounds of that...Ooo--a lavender Craftsman-style bungalow--now we're talking! ;o) Thanks for the get-well wishes... Happy Week ((HUGS))