Wednesday, November 12, 2008

If the shoe fits...



First full class with Danny Gregory. Sat down at the table with sheets of large, blank, white paper waiting. What? No color to throw down on the page? And a pen. What? No chance to erase? Danny believes that using a pen leads the artist to commit. So different then my process with mixed media. Draw a hand. So ironic...because I seem to always be thinking of hands. Draw a shoe. So ironic...as the only drawing I seemed to have saved from "the early years" was a sneaker. After some discussion and a demonstration...take just a few minutes and do it again. Using his suggested approach, which initially focuses on outline only, you can see my shoe in the picture above. He is all about observation and what I took from tonight's class was that this process is almost more about observing the world around me than it is about drawing. Added some journaling on the page to document my thoughts in the moment. Ended with seeing pictures of many journal pages, by both Danny and other artists. Inspiration! And homework!!

19 comments:

Lynn said...

Love the shoe, love the lessons you are sharing with us Seth!
Liked your reactions to seeing the tools given and your wondering what you can do with them.
Observe, observe, observe. See, being aware. Ah. Life.

Fran Saperstein said...

Seth,
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with Danny as your instructor. I so wish I could take a class with him. He's been a true inspiration to me. I carry my journal and my Pigma Micron with me everywhere!
Love the shoe! Enjoy your journey!

LostLuggage said...

Great shoe....correct me if I am wrong..but I don't think we have ever seen your handwriting here? Maybe it just stands out so clearly on your naked page..love it.

MizSmoochieLips said...

I'm glad you're blogging your lessons! I've been wanting to learn the art of journaling and your blog post is perfectly in synch!

Jazz said...

I envy you.

Angela Wales Rockett said...

I'm impressed by the shoe! Whenever it's been a while since I've drawn (like now, for instance) my first drawings are quite wonky. And shoes! I never have been able to draw a decent shoe.

I am sooooo jealous. Danny is such an inspiration. I love how he says there is no bad drawing, because the point of drawing is being in the moment.

Guess I'll have to content myself with re-reading The Creative License while I wait for his new book to be released in December.

Leslie said...

Man, you are having some extraordinary art adventures these days! Thanks for sharing them. I spent an hour or more lost on Kelly's site last night.

mansuetude said...

you're on a big open door experience... love your shoe--its almost breathing

and on noticing, that is what its all about, a bit exhausting sometimes, but i think your images already show that part of you that sees the little things...

ooglebloops said...

Love the shoe and the words surrounding it - perfect!!!

lynne h said...

ditto what others have said, seth -- thank you for sharing this with us! the shoe is fantastic -- i think you must be observing very closely...

Gillian McMurray said...

Oh dear, if I was to use pen first my art would look VERY different. Mutant-like, I would say. You certainly have a knack for it. That is a really fantastic sneaker. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Susan Tuttle said...

Seth,
I really like this approach -- I am going to have to try this exercise now. I'm really enjoying your blog!

Susan

bockel24 said...

Isn´t the observing part really something we all have to learn? I think it´s the most important thing to learn, and it´s worth trying. Love your results!

Ro Bruhn said...

What is it with shoes, my first pencil sketch, from an art class I did at school in the middle of the last century, was of my shoe and I still have it, the sketch not the shoe. It must be a common subject.
Your rendition looks great.

Chris said...

Look at this. It's crisp. It's got weight and lightness all at once. I really like it a lot. Someone has been comfortable in this shoe.

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh, what a wonderful post about your class. Thank you for letting us share some of your experience. I love your shoe, and what you did with the page! Have a fantastic weekend... Roxanne

Robyn said...

I love that shoe! It makes an inspiring photograph.

grrl+dog said...

This is an exciting challenge.. thanks for taking us on it too..

&rew said...

Wow, you can draw!! Congratulations!