Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I finally got my copy of “Everyday Matters” and stayed up late to read it all. It's really touching; Oh my, what a struggle. I recommend it.

I like the idea that when you draw, you really slow down, your brain clears, and all you concentrate on is your subject. You see things that you hadn’t realized or noticed before – sort of like when you have to walk through a street that you normally pass by in a car. In slowing down, you manage to see more of it, concentrate on it, and can see the beauty in all of it.

But, I’m fighting the idea of drawing with pen and ink (it forces you to commit to a line). I have to do plenty of this for work; it’s so precise. I like the idea of soft pencil gradations, the fuzziness of it all. With the ink, I find myself feeling like adding words, commenting. Or is it all Danny G’s doing? An emulation? Or an inspiraton? I dunno. It sort of just comes out. I squirm internally and fight it, but I’ll give it a bit of a go, since it seems to be tapping into something a little bit different. I’ll admit that even at work, I’m enjoying the coloring and especially the shading parts of it all, prismacolors and graphite pencils. I might do a bit more pen work, but I just can’t resist the temptation to add in backgrounds, shading.. I’ve become a bit compulsive about it lately, enjoying my black and white prismacolor pencils.

But I'll give it a go.


Robin Neudorfer said...

I love pencil too, always will. Don't have a need to have an eraser in hand, just love the texture of the graphite on paper. Time an place for both. Your pencil touchs your paper gracefully Wendee, don't fight it.

Bohemian Girl said...

Wendee ~
Thank you for your warm and kind comment on my blog. It was so very touching.

I read this post by Keri Smith last night and it might help ease your mind a bit when it comes to drawing with pen and ink: http://www.kerismith.com/blog/archives/000369.html

Remember...no rules in creativity, right???

Do post your creations...xoxoxo

Karen said...

I think you should do whatever feels natural to you. There's no right or wrong way. You can be deliberate with a pencil, a pen or a paintbrush. The magic's not in the tool, it's in you.