Friday, June 22, 2007

I feel I've been here before...


In starting this blog, I am attempting to develop a new habit. I wish to draw and paint. Well, I already do that, but now my goal is to actually finish those little works I'm always blocking out, then getting bored with and abandoning. If I feel a need to post, then I will have to carry on to the end, bitter or otherwise, right?

Challenge number one on the EDM list is "a shoe", and because of this my first drawing posted is of old running shoes. Coincidentally, I recently unearthed a sketchbook from more than twenty years ago. On the very first page was another pen and ink rendering of a tennis shoe. I'm fairly sure that if I could find my other old sketchbooks -- there have been many others -- they each began with various stabs at shoe portraiture. Why is this? Maybe it's an archetype in the collective unconscious of art students everywhere. Or maybe it's just practicality -- you grab a fresh new sketchbook and a pen, look around, and there beneath you, already in a subservient position, is a pair of objects that look as if they would be willing to stay still and not put up too much of a fuss no matter how long it takes to portray them. And so you begin. And so I did, once more.

9 comments:

Alan said...

Off to good start. I like the look. Seems to me soothing.

SCquiltaddict said...

Nice job on the sneakers...welcome to edm!!

Ann said...

Welcome to EDM! I do like your start here. Your blog looks great! The shoe drawing is wonderful and I enjoyed reading the Joseph Campbell quote too.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Welcome! With your penchant for symbols and metaphors and meditation, I think you'll have lots of fun with the assorted styles, personalities and postings from this group! Most anything goes.

Linda said...

Good for you! This drawing is really excellent -- you're off to a great start!
;-)

Genxster said...

Excellent shoe drawing. I also like your banner very much. I hope you have fun with EDM. It's a fun and supportive group.

Frankye said...

Your blog looks like it is going to be one to watch! Your shoe sketch is excellent. Why not post the other ones from the past...good sources for blogs about your life. Also, I like your writing style and your images. A spiritual quest and a desire to become well-centered spark our desire to find ourselves creatively. Thanks, I'm subscribing!

Lynn said...

Excellent drawing! Welcome to the EDM group. I hope you'll share more of the challenges with us.

Sara Light Waller said...

I realize that I'm responding to a very old post but I have to say that I really appreciate your comments here. I'm new to the EDM so this is appropriate for me right now. Thanks for the great blog entry. :-)