Saturday, August 11, 2007

I've learned so much in a year of drawing. It has been an experience in joy and courage for me. Joy because this is a talent I discovered recently. Courage, because after trying to learn "real" drawing, I have decided to stay with this naive style.

Mostly I use crayons. Sometimes I use paint. The drawings record moments in my daily life -- with some poetic license. In the tradition of blogging, these run from the most recent back to the more primitive. It makes me happy to look at these. I hope you enjoy them too.

I loved the "In Stabiano" exhibit at the Chazen.
I also love biking into the Arboretum. Posting images in Blogger is frustrating, well REALLY frustrating. So this layout is inexcusable. Click on the image if you want to see it enlarged.

Introverted extrovert

I am an extroverted introvert -- I think that's a Myers-Briggs label. I gain energy from people, but more energy from solitude.

I am a minimalist, so I get rid of things incessantly -- books, clothes, shoes, drawings, photos, letters, jobs, apartments. There is a restless quality about me. This drawing made all of my friends laugh because it's so true.

Poetry Stump

My first week back in Madison: We stood on stumps in the July night and declaimed poetry.
This is from a Buddhist story. The teacher tells the student, "Do not seek enlightenment unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks water." I am trying to regain my fitness and youthful body. So I tell myself not to seek fitness unless I seek it.....

Carolyn and David and the kids and I went to the Terrace. It was so beautiful! We played drawing games.

Al Gore's film on global warming touched me deeply for so many reasons.

I drew this when I had a 3-hour daily commute on the Long Island Expressway.

On my first day back in Madison I saw this muskrat at Vilas Park. He was so industrious. I love the way he held flowers in his mouth. (Her mouth?).

I really don't like to drive.

So these are just a few of the hundreds that I've done. I will start a new blog sometime this year. Until then, I'll keep having fun. I'm thinking of making some postcards or greeting cards. I'm also working on a small piece for a marketing company.