creative process, drawing, Painting

Household Jungle

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.

Drawing/Painting, 9″ x 12″, Lily S. May, 2021

You can also see my work at

2 thoughts on “Household Jungle”

  1. I relate to what you say about making corrections. It’s very important to let go. Many times only oneself knows it’s an error. And what if it is. For ongoing work we must go through and past It. I like what you’ve done in this one. Colours and traces are powerful.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s