My drawing and painting life
One-liners drawings: there is something about doing them that I love. It’s not that it’s easy, because it’s not. It takes a while to get to a point where the lines start flowing out of my pen. I have to do a few test runs as it were. Sometimes even a lot of test runs. 🙂 The first drawings are wonky, they don’t look right. My hand is uncertain. The line is not sure and not flowing. Sometimes it takes a lot of test runs. And then they come as though of their own will. Not completely of course, but there is a sense of loosing the complete control and just letting go.
It’s like doing warm up exercises before running or playing a sport. You don’t play well without it.You just have to do these things to get your muscles warm and ready to go. For drawing it’s quite similar. After all you have to move to draw. Your arm has to become loose. You have to get a kind of focus or concentration. But there’s more to it. You have to connect your arm to somewhere inside yourself, perhaps it’s your mind , or should I say soul?
It’s hard to express what happens. It’s like you have to become fluid. I’ve heard people saying about it, that you have to ‘get the creative juices flowing’. Suddenly now it is getting a new meaning for me. I think it’s quite a good expression. For me, it’s no longer just an expression. Something has to start flowing indeed.
Perhaps that is another thing about the one-liner drawing that I like. It’s not just a drawing of the object. It is something extra. When it does look good, it is an expression of the flow itself. In a sense it is symbolic for the flow happening.
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