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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dreaming and Drawing

Drawing of Craig Portman on the Strand, Manhattan Beach, pictured twice
Drawing on paper, 16" x 20"
Email: marie@mariefox.com

I've been thinking about what it is I feel passionate about that makes me want to paint or draw. In my last post, I mentioned that pears remind me of my interest in human figures. So I thought I'd post this drawing I did several years ago in a class. The assignment was simply "twins". I had no clue how I was going to fulfill the assigned task so I simply started drawing my friend as he himself was drawing. A while later, he lay down on the couch for a nap...and the idea of twins came to me - of consciousness and unconsciousness, the conscious and subconscious, dreaming and waking. What I like best is the link between dreaming and creativity, the incubation of an idea versus its creation or execution. I know I've had some of my best artistic ideas while in that state just before awaking. In the drawing, I emphasized the diagonal line between the sleeping-dreaming head along the arm to the hand that is drawing. I love it when these wonderful juxtapositions happen!

Besides the "twins" content of the drawing, I like the subject of the human form. If only I could find someone to model for me....other than a pear!

5 comments:

  1. Don't exactly know why, but when I saw this drawing, I immediately started giggling. GOOD STUFF!!!

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  2. Marie, I just posted a comment on your blog about the "Dreaming and Drawing" snapshot. I said it cracked me up. I meant that in the best way. Your subject looks so intense, both at work and at sleep. I love it.

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  3. I like the ideas you explored here. I understand that creative time before waking; I recently wrote about it, and I'm reassured to see that I'm not the only one! I hope you find a model. Your figurative work is thoughtful and interesting. Have you started talking to the pears?

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  4. this 'twins' idea is great- using the same person in 2 poses superimposed - this is a really cool drawing....(and has the makings of a really great painting!

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  5. Oh yes, Dar, I always talk to my pears. Honestly!

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Thanks for commenting on my art! Marie

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