I needed this week. After six weeks of staring at the human figure, constantly studying light sources and proportions and paint mixing, a change was needed. A little bit of freedom. This week was a drawing project and in studio 4 we were ‘unlocking our subconscious’. Basically this week was to get us to stop thinking. Which is actually a lot harder than it sounds. Especially for someone like me who overanalyses and overthinks everything.
Our lecture on Monday morning really opened my mind to what drawing really was. Aileen Stackhouse told us that everything is drawing. Whenever someone speaks or does anything they are creating something that wasn’t there before. They’re drawing.
This week we were simply to draw. Our tutor Norman would set little tasks and we’d just carry on with it. Stare at a plain white wall and draw what you see, because even a blank wall has pattern. Blindfold yourself and keep drawing, because you can’t be precious about mark making. Listen to noises and melody, just make your pen dance. Listen to draw, you don’t always need to see. Tease it out, pulling a thread. Draw with both hands, theres no right and wrong. We just sat and constantly drew.
Ink and paint were used to create surface and texture before being drawn into with pen or chalk, or any medium you wanted really. The project didn’t really conclude with a final piece. I like that its been left open. I feel like I’ve created a lot of material I can carry on with and learned a lot about different ways to work and think, or not think.
It was a really memorable week, certain exercises in particular made an effect on me. Yesterday we were to draw with noise. As in make as much noise as possible in the process of a drawing, slamming brushes and paint about, yelling, throwing things. For about five minutes the studio just went mental. And this is what came of it. A mess, but something free I can progress with. I think it captures that moment quite well, when the whole studio just kind of exploded with everyone making so much noise.
And then today was fun too. A little mini project for the day. We were to buy a little sketchbook and a biro. And then from about 9.30am til 4.30pm our tutor would dj a mix of noises and tunes for us to zone out and draw too. We were just to use line, no colour and no imagery. It was actually an amazing experience. Quite intense at times when you get right into it, and then very relaxed when you completely zone out and your hand is just dancing with the rythym. And by the end of it we’d filled a whole sketchbook. I came away from it feeling very relaxed and calm. The whole experience was very therapeutic.
I’m a lot more chilled out now. And I had another one of those ‘wow’ moments when I get all happy that I’m actually here doing this. I still marvel at the fact that this is my education really. All week David and I have sat and chucked paint around like little kids, listening to music, making noise, making a general mess and having fun.
Our tutor mentioned something about it being like a primary school, all abstract paintings covering the walls. He said this was a good thing, the drawings being more organic and energetic. A lot more free than my life drawing from the last project. This week has really opened my mind to abstract painting. So yeah all in all, a great success and a happy week. Hooray, lets hope this positivity sticks. Like I mentioned there was no final piece this week, so really its all a work in progress. I’ll update when i’ve gone further with this project. And now I’ll leave with a random photo I took today after passing notes in the studio.
Now playing: Cee Lo Green – Forget You