Art is Emotion

The second week of my continuing ed classes at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design was wonderful. It's nice to be back in an art school setting, meeting new people with creativity as our commonality. Here's what went down:


Experimental Drawing _ Automatic Drawing
The Surrealists inspired experimental drawing this week. Discussion about Salvador Dali's work inspired an "Automatic" drawing. With three pens taped together I made gestural strokes and loops that created the abstract base of the drawing. Then I went in with gray graphite charcoal and "found" things within this nest of pen marks to emphasize or turn into a surreal world. I created a landscape with animals and eyes. You don't plan, edit or second guess yourself in the process, just draw. I really love that. And the joy I felt in the process shows, I think.

 Automatic Drawing March 2018

Automatic Drawing March 2018

 Automatic drawing detail. See abstract pen base, creates lines that form the image.

Automatic drawing detail. See abstract pen base, creates lines that form the image.

Then we were asked to write down something in our lives that made a big impact. I wrote this:

 my dog bailey died.

my dog bailey died.

Last year my best friend of 13 years, a beautiful Australian Cattle dog named Bailey, died. I still have emotion and grief surrounding this loss, and I'm teary even as I type. After writing this impactful event on paper, we were asked to stand in front of large pieces of paper on the wall and draw with charcoal taped to the end of a long stick, relinquishing precise control over the drawing instrument. I began drawing tear shapes, not only for the sad tears that were bubbling up in me, but also to represent Mr. Bailey's insatiable thirst. He struggled with Cushing's disease at the end of his life which made him always pant and feel thirsty. And then I naturally fell into drawing his form. After most of the drawing was established by the long stick method, we were allowed to work the drawing up close by hand with a very large piece of charcoal. By that time I was pretty emotional, and the dark heavy desperate marks show it.


There was time for a second drawing, and I wanted to keep it lighter. I used the same long stick with charcoal end. I intentionally drew the lines very slowly and very lightly. I'm not specifically intending this to be angelic, but more of an emotion of being set free.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ If you have lost a beloved animal friend, my sympathy goes out to you. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Make Believe, Draw
Whew, that was heavy. If you've made it this far, you're in for a colorful treat. In the Make Believe, Draw class we used colored paper, pastels and crayons to draw faces. Lots of imaginary faces! The first of the bunch were collaborative; we all sat around a table like kids and started drawing and passed it along after very short time. The results were fabulous, and a culmination of about 12 really creative people. And it was sooo much fun.


Finally, we drew faces all by ourselves. These characters were based on a range; of those that might help and those that might obstruct.

These were drawn entirely by myself with pastel and crayon: