Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
|©Robin Edmundson, 'Hay Fields & Cloud', 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 16 x 20 inches. $375|
One of my goals for taking Ian Roberts' drawing class was to have a more anchoring, practical and productive creative process. [Translated, that means to find a way to actually DO and enjoy doing value studies. It just makes for better art.]
I started with a drawing from the class [now a study group], and painted draft after draft after draft of the scene, learning all sorts of things along the way.
The composition evolved. I stopped looking at the reference photo a drawing pretty quickly and by the 8th draft [the painting above], I was mostly working from memory.
Here is the original drawing:
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
|Sycamore study #730, watercolor, 9 x 12 inches|
|Sycamore study #731, 9 x 12 inches|
|©Robin Edmundson, 'Sycamore - 733', watercolor, 18 x 24|
Thursday, May 21, 2020
After my last post, I spent a lot of time thinking.
I wonder a lot whether I have what it takes to make great art. Whether I can move from being a 'promising' artist to a great one.
I wonder if I will ever master the art of illusion on paper. And in the meantime, I find the best teachers I can to help me master more illusions. [I'm taking a Fab.U.Lous. drawing class with Ian Roberts right now.]
Though art is a right-brained activity for the most part, the way I approach learning is very left brained. My left brain is happy when I have learned 'how' to do something, but it's not thrilled when I practice and find out that the 'knowing how' does not translate into 'doing' it well time after time.
My mind kicks in and tells me stories about how I should stop trying at all because I'm too old, it's taking to long to learn, I don't have what it takes, I'm making too many mistakes, it's a waste of time, I don't have the natural talent, yada, yada, yada.
If I have a magic at all, it is the ability to allow these opposite forces to co-exist in myself. I work on letting these parts of me get to know each other and I carefully choose who gets to run the show.
I show up at the paper. I make another attempt. I have learned to keep track of every single attempt and what I've learned from it, but to not consider them failures. I have learned to turn my 'trash pile' into journals where I can work through the stories I'm telling myself and keep integrating all of the parts of myself.
Thus, my art feeds my self-awareness by providing a canvas for self-exploration and my continued self-awareness then makes it easier to practice my art.
That is a good system. That is good magic.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Art as MagicAn artist is a magician. After a wave of a brush and a swish of some colored water, she shows you a flat piece of paper and convinces you that you're looking at something else.
'We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.'
©Robin Edmundson, 'Zinnias #4', watercolor, 14 x 10 inches.
Framed to 20 x 16 inches. $375
On another day I create the illusion of a hundred acres of wildflowers.
|© Robin Edmundson, 'Misty Bottomlands', watercolor, 18 x 24 inches.|
Framed to 24 x 32 inches. $750.
|© Robin Edmundson, 'The mailman always brings treats', watercolor, 18 x 24 inches.|
SOLD. Prints available.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Barn in the Woods', watercolor, 18 x 24 inches.
Framed to 24 x 32 inches. $750