‘This is the best argument in favor of making art a subject of general education: that it should teach people to see. Everybody does not need to draw and paint, but if everybody could get the faculty of appreciating the form and colour on their retinas as form and colour, what a wealth would always be at their disposal for enjoyment!’[i]
‘These accurate, painstaking school studies are very necessary indeed as a training for the eye in observing accurately, and the hand in reproducing the appearance of things, because it is through the reproduction of natural appearance and the knowledge of form and colour derived from such study that the student will afterwards find the means of giving expression to [their] feelings’[ii]
‘Drawing is all that can be really taught, and is as necessary to the painter as the practising of exercises is to the musician, that [their] powers of observation and execution may be trained. But the vital matter of art is not in all this necessary training.…always keep in mind, and be ever ready to give rein to those natural enthusiasms which, if [they as] an artist, [they] will find welling up within [them]…the instinctive qualities that [they] should possess the possession of which alone will entitle [them] to be a artist.’[iii]
(The images are from my last ever life drawing class at Loughborough University, back on my ma, in 2009.)
These quotes best describe what I have been working with and trying to figure out; what it is I want to say and the way that is best to do it.
- Learning to see, through learning to draw.
- Learning to draw, through learning to see; to giving expression to the feelings I get of finding my authentic self, through the act of been present.
- I get and stay present in the moment, been mindful, through seeing.
The use of quotes:
The quotes are from the books I read which forms is a big part of my practise, they help me understand my work and puts a process, that is anything other than logical, into a logical structure to help develop it and push it forward.