Sunday, April 06, 2008

Tools of the trade

# 1 Kneaded eraser
charcoal 2 x 3
copyright Jeanette Jobson


I idly doodled on an envelope today with some charcoal pencils that were nearby and drew my kneaded eraser. You need to make sure you have another eraser handy when you draw your eraser as its difficult to use the one you're drawing and remember just where you placed it so the light was the same!

It made me think that it could make an interesting little series of drawings of different drawing tools. I also like the idea of drawing on unusual supports - found supports perhaps which could range from envelopes as today's drawing is, to something as organic as stone or perhaps to reuse another paper form, such as a newspaper sheet. Possibilities are endless. The implements that we use without even thinking become very different when we take time to examine them carefully as we draw.

I will try, over the next seven days, to post a new drawing each day and see if I can achieve that goal. There is no shortage of subject material to draw if my studio is anything to go by and I need the discipline of forcing myself to complete something. I've become lax about disciplining myself to complete things lately and need to get back into finalizing drawings before being sidelined.

Rose Welty's post in Rose's Art Lines about finishing a series is very timely and provides food for thought for everyone attempting a series, whether large or small.

By stating my goal here, it makes me accountable as well, if only to myself, but I hope if I slack off some of you will give me a nudge and 'remind' me to keep going. Seven days is not an inordinate amount of time so I don't set myself up for failure before I begin. The subject matter is familiar and relatively simple so I don't have to go too far outside my comfort zone unless I want to experiment. The pay off is that I gain back my ability to complete a series then move on.

5 comments:

Billie Crain said...

re: a series...one thing i will say...when choosing a theme make sure it's something that will keep you inspired. IMO, just doing a series for the sake of doing one will turn into a drudge over time if you don't have passion for your subject.

i'm excited to see what you produce, Jeanette.

Rose Welty said...

Jeanette, glad my post was timely - I'm looking forward to your series, good subject matter for your style.

The "accountability" part of blogging has been very good for me too. Somehow I feel obliged to do it if I've posted it. :D

Marsha Robinett said...

Jeanette,
This brought an audible chuckle, even woke up my dog, Alexis. Yup, you're right, it's hard to erase with the eraser you're drawing!

I'll be watching to see what drawing tools you draw next...perhaps your pencils. Don't forget to get one to draw with before you settle in.

My, what a play on words I have going here.

Jeanette said...

You're completely right Billie. You do need the interest in the subject to keep you going on a series.

Thanks Rose. It should be interesting.

Marsha, it was funny. I was drawing then got to the point where I needed to lift out some highlights and automatically reached for the eraser. Then the little voice in my head said 'Hang on, you're drawing that one!' A prime example of unplanned drawing!

Chuckle, yes, I'll make sure I have another pencil handy before I start to draw my pencils. :)

Stacy said...

Jeanette, nice eraser drawing. At least you realized you couldn't use it before you moved it!

I have a lot of "starts" right now too that I need to get back and finish. I wonder why that is? I think for me it points to a wealth of ideas and also specific opportunities that I want to take advantage of (for example, shows or contests that require a specific subject). Although I know in one case I haven't finished because it is a piece that I'm not too thrilled about, but which I agreed to do for a family member.