In Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Betty Edwards reminds us that drawing is simply the process of copying what’s in front of us. We’re often unaware of just how much the subliminal messages from our analytical brain get in the way of our ability to see what’s in front of us clearly enough to really copy it accurately. We get thrown off course by what we know about the subject we’re painting, rather than being able to screen all of that extra data out and just draw (or paint) it.
Part of my painter’s journey is to constantly work on the development of drawing and painting skills. To that end, I’ve started doing a little practice exercise every week – capturing the shape, colour and essence of the subject. I use small items I have to hand. Last week a rose hip. This week a sprig of rosemary.
Here’s the little piece close up. It strikes me that if I do enough of these, eventually I will have painted the contents of my garden, my kitchen, my house….