I realize the vernacular is full of drawing references, metaphors and similes. We can draw things out - either by planning or to delay. We can outline or render - and these have lots of meanings. But in actual drawing, they mean very specific things.
In the past I used to draw a lot, and by the past I mean in my twenties. But, of course then I was also learning how to actually draw - practicing - and also trying to figure out what I actually wanted to paint. I was figuring out what my work was about.
So what is the point of drawing now?
I found that I still had the nice Pelikan pen I bought at Pearl Paint on the advice of my professor at Yale - it was a splurge at the time with the gold nib. Over time, however it's been used a lot and also probably mistreated. And I have acquired a lot of other fountain pens, and if I don't just sit around in the evening scrolling through my phone, I do actually have the time - so I set about drawing with the different pens.
The one below is with a "Mont Blanc" fountain pen I bought on Canal street in Manhattan from a vendor last century. It still works pretty well. There were at the time lots of vendors selling 'knocked-off' products displayed on blankets spread on the sidewalk for easy pick up in case of police.
below -This one actually has two fine pointed pens with not terribly flexible nibs. (and two ink colors one is browner and one is greener.) I like the the fine lines that can be exploratory before yo build them up, but one never gets the flowing gestural lines.
In this one below, I am using the original medium nib Pelikan pen - it's a bit gloppy like an old brush - and it was late so this is a quick drawing. i do like the variety of thick and thin line I can get with it however.
I added a poinsettia to add some challenge and some interest - color is a huge part of the plant as is the way they grow. Unlike the persimmons they are not a simple solid form, they occupy space in a completely different way.
lastly I tried a pencil, but I think I like the pen better. It is different knowing you can erase. But that is another discussion entirely.
So, I will keep working with the drawings - see my newsletter of Dec 7th for more on drawing - link here
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