I was out collecting pinecones in the forest last weekend and thought of how sketchbooks are kind of like pinecones. They have little overlapping “pages” and are filled with treats- but like a squirrel has to go through some effort getting a seeds from a pinecone, it takes some work to get the rough sketches out and develop them into something richer and more satisfying.
If I don’t draw an idea straight away when it comes into my mind, its probably gone forever. I feel I owe it to each idea to try to see what can happen. Some of them stay dormant never to become anything more but often they hibernate and surprise me in a painting later on. I never go anywhere without a pencil because who knows what will be the spark of a new idea, igniting something exciting.
A friend was visiting me recently and wanted to look at my sketchbooks. He suggested I post some drawings here. I feel shy about sharing them in but I like seeing other artist’s sketches so I decided to post a few.
“A line is a dot that went for a walk. ” Paul Klee
Here are some sketches with paintings that came after…
In the sketch above, I was drawing a western fence lizard and turned it into a girl and then the painting below, Faint from joy. (which is how I feel when I see these beautiful lizards!) click to see larger image
The painting below is called Upon thy belly, thou shalt go
In the drawing above, I was trying to draw the concept of Grace. The little painting below is called Receiving and responding.
I’ve been thinking about transformation and how many creatures moult; shed their skin, feathers or fur. How we do that in non visible ways and how to draw that if we could see it. The painting below is Someday, I imagine
This painting is Lamp unto my feet – continuing the idea of growing and transforming, how sometimes it seems like I need reconstruction to cope with things going on in my life
This painting is Wings brushing legs- kind of speaks for itself I guess. I love insects and raise caterpillars and moths , beetles and other insects in the summertime.
……..and who else is getting seeds from pinecones???
One of my favorite birds in Oregon, the Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) ! This colorful stocky finch is found in mature confierous forests. These birds are equipped with a unique curved bill crossed at the tips, enabling them to extract seeds from conifer cones .
Red Crossbill photo: Mike Wisnicki
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