I’ve been drawing some objects in our apartment that I love. These include a wooden hawk that we once bought at a lawn sale in our neighbourhood, a ceramic cookie jar that we bought decades ago at a large art fair in Toronto and a little stone elephant that I can’t recall how we acquired. I don’t know the name of the artists who made the objects. I believe I can make out the name Cumberland or something like that on the bottom of the jar, but that’s all.
After drawing the artifacts for a while, I drew various arrangements of them and decided to work with a new set of water colour pencils, a medium I’ve never used before. At first, I worked very carefully, but I felt the piece lacked energy and that I was too concerned with correcting mistakes. This approach to mistakes has been a theme in my work that I have often struggled with. Since I was at risk of destroying the work with corrections, I decided to make a leap and to allow errors to just be. I also wondered what it would be like to allow parts that looked ugly to remain in the piece.
With that in mind, I had a great time soaking the paper and randomly making marks all over the carefully drawn work. I haven’t corrected the lines and am very happy with the piece. It has vitality and, to my eyes, a certain beauty in the roughness. This can help me in my work going forward.
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