Archive for the ‘DRAW FOR YOUR LIFE’ Category

NEW WORKSHOPS PAGE!

June 27, 2013
CHASING THE LIGHT WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

CHASING THE LIGHT WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

CHECK OUT THE NEW WORKSHOPS PAGE FOR INFO ON UPCOMING CLASSES AND SUPPLY LISTS!

CHASING THE LIGHT will take place at NANCY COUICK STUDIOS AND GALLERY. The workshop days will run from 10 till 4 PM, with a lunch break.

Register early as seats are limited.

DOODLE TO RELEASE CREATIVE ENERGY!

February 6, 2012

Doodle for BUDDY KEMP CARING HOUSE WORKSHOP, copyright ELLEN WARD 2012.

This weekend was my first workshop for cancer survivors, families, and friends at Buddy Kemp Caring House. If you live in the Charlotte area, Buddy Kemp offers support services for anyone whose life has been touched by the BIG C. Doodling is a great way to channel your creative energies and renew your sense of spirit, especially when the road is rough! Take a pen and make a ramble! Transform your electric bill into a flower garden! ( Bet Duke Power does not get a lot of those in the mail….) Draw robots all over your credit card statement! Drawing can transform your day and it is free!

DRAW FOR YOUR LIFE SPECIAL GUEST STAR: DRAWING AS MEDITATION AND HEALING BY YOLANDA FUNDORA

October 17, 2011

DRAWING AS MEDITATION: BUNNY, copyright YOLANDA FUNDORA 2011. All RIghts Reserved.

Yolanda Fundora is a multi-talented artist and designer. I had the pleasure of meeting her years ago and our friendship has been a great gift. It is hard to imagine a medium that Yolanda has not yet conquered! The meditative aspects of drawing are incredibly healing, powerful forces we can use to add dimension to our lives. Children know how to do this instinctively. So why don’t more adults access this power? It is limitless.

DRAWING AS MEDITATION AND HEALING by Yolanda Fundora

Ellen (author of this blog) and I bonded when we were cellmates in the maximum security wing of a NYC textile design studio in the mid 90’s. We all know how strong those bonds can be that are forged under trying circumstances and we’ve kept in touch even though we are no longer geographically near.

Recently I unexpectedly found myself with my freedom once again restricted. I ended up in the hospital and then rehab for a pretty long stretch after skillfully managing to break both my ankles.

My incarceration was made bearable by kind visitors who brought me food (of the non-institutional variety), flowers and their company and conversation.

Having my laptop with me also allowed me to escape into my work as textile designer.

I’ve pretty much given up non-digital forms of making images. But two of my visitors each brought me gifts that reconnected me to the feel of a  pencil in my hand. One brought me the gift of a ceramic guardian bunny. The other, a box of Derwent colored pencils and a drawing pad. I made exactly one drawing of my new bunny friend. This little drawing had the power to transport me out of rehab in a way that working on my laptop had not succeeded.

Shortly thereafter, Ellen asked me to do a guest spot on this blog since she knew me from the time I did actually draw and paint non-virtually. I immediately said yes but just could not seem to find the time to get the blog post to her. I knew I would contribute my bunny drawing but there was something incomplete in my head about my understanding of the experience of drawing my bunny friend.

This weekend I found out what was missing. The last time I drew in a hospital was when I thought I was watching my father die in 1991. (He died 3 years later.) The act of drawing again in a medical setting had stirred up non-verbal feelings of a previous time when I had sought solace in the act of sketching.

So here are four pictures to illustrate my tale.

Number 1 is a photo of my two very surprised ankles in the emergency room. (Taken with my iPad.)

ANKLES OF FUNDORA - copyright YOLANDA FUNDORA.

Number 2 is Bunny and her sketch.

DRAWING AS MEDITATION- BUNNY, copyright 2011 YOLANDA FUNDORA, All RIghts Reserved.

Number 3 is Bunny, Tangerine (another gift from a lovely friend: Tangerine is a personal-size fan born in Hong Kong. Take off her cone shaped hat and a set of collapsible fan blades are revealed.) Behind Bunny and Tangerine you can see my laptop screen and some textile work.)

BUNNY AND FRIEND, copyright YOLANDA FUNDORA 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Number 4 is the sketch of my beloved dad, drawn when I thought I was losing him forever.

DRAWING AS MEDIATION: DYING DAD, copyright YOLANDA FUNDORA 2011. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

DRAW FOR YOUR LIFE: GUEST STAR JOAN MERTZ

September 23, 2011

Drawing copyright Joan Mertz 2011, All Rights Reserved

DRAW FOR YOUR LIFE special guest star is JOAN MERTZ! Joan has a strong relationship with the landscape and with drawing as a dynamic and varied process. She also has the distinction of introducing me to the work of Albert Pinkham Ryder! 

JOAN MERTZ  is currently in the Rio Brazos Art Exhibition at the Dora Lee Langdon Center in Granbury, TX.  And when she finishes two more 32″ x 40″ drawings HER SHOW will be Friday, October 28, 2011 at her studio in San Angelo, TX. Drop by and get yourself a work of art!

Q.  Tell us something about the images you have shared?
A. I have provided a drawing in the beginning stage ( pencil and some pastel, then the completed drawing Pastel, caran d’ache crayon on paper.  It is of the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. It is the Highway between La Veta, CO and Taos, NM.  I drove this road very often while living in Pueblo, CO.  It has drama. In the fall the brush down in the arroyo turns bright red. And the railroad follows the canyon flow making great diagonals and paths in the drawing.

Q. Fave sketching tool?
A. My favorite tools are simple paper and pencil.  I have a 30″ x 32″ drawing board I can take outside with me. and my simple tools make it easy.  Just three things to begin with.  Early on in my drawing life I used Charoal.  Which I miss!

 Q. Keeping sketch books?
A.  I haven’t been good at filling sketchbooks.  So I began using my board with paper clipped to it.  I can draw directly onto the paper…and then “color” them back at the studio.  While in Pittsburgh, PA in grad school.  I remember being manically driven to get to a high spot where I could see the WHOLE land so that I could draw like when I was in Texas.  I had to drive for  long time to get up onto a Mountain so that I could see a long way.

Q.  When did you start drawing?
A.  My earliest  memory about drawing is from the 3rd grade.  We had to complete a history folder each month and it had to have a drawing on the cover.  I still have all my folders.  Construction paper with crayon drawings.  The one I remember most is of Daniel Boone leading his horse through the Cumberland Gap.  The horse had really big nostrils.

Landscape in progress, copyright Joan Mertz 2011, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Q. What kind of training have you had?
A. The best and most memorable traing was the 8 semesters of drawing in undergraduate school.  Those 3 hours drawing classes were the most happy I was at college.  My work never got selected by the teacher….but I knew I could draw and so began a conviction to MY DRAWING.

Q.  Inspiration?
A.  These days-MY DRAWINGS are my income. I work at them. I have two tables set up so that I can work on either one that inpires me that day.

Q. If you could own a drawing by any artist in the continuum?
A. I would like to have ink on paper Painting/Drawings by the Chinese landscape school.  They were very influential on me while I was finding my way.

Q. Your favorite cheese?
A. Aged Gouda baked into Biscotti.

Q. The music that inspires you to draw your best?
A. MY BAND is Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.  Their sound is Americana .  Roger wrotes all original songs and they have been INDEPENDENT R-N-R.since 1986….. just Like me Independent.

Thanks so much Joan for sharing your love of drawing and fabulous works with ROUGHSKETCH!