Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sketching as Visual Therapy

Sit still
in a quiet place
looking far into the distance.
What do you see?
Put pencil to paper, 
make a mark. 
Long line for a mountain, 
hairpin for a tall saguaro, 
any squiggle or scroll to suggest
cottonwood trees and
desert shrubs.
Forget about rendering.
Accuracy is not important.
It is the experience of seeing,
far, near, far, near,
realizing with the eyes
context of form
contrast of light.
And then to make the marks,
to transpose visual stimulation 
into corresponding motion, 
whether it be moving a pencil,
or packing up
and walking off
into the landscape.

Will this work? My heart assures me that this is the right direction.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Glad to see you posting again.