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Drawing – A Line Around Thoughts

‘Drawing is a line around my thoughts’ Gustav Klimt. 

I love this quote. It expresses drawing so clearly. Following a line, a train of thoughts, as the hand draws across paper, as the mind flows through the hand, allowing oneself to see where thoughts lead.

Drawing is a withdrawn, introverted pursuit – simply being quiet and drawing. What a brilliant word withdrawn is though – to disentangle, to draw back, and with that a sense of power like an archer drawing back a bow.

Drawing, although simply following a line, can be a great adventure. At its best it’s drawing down inspiration from some mysterious space. Worlds appear before ones eyes as you discover shapes, let ideas flow and bump into characters along the way.

For the last three years I have completed a drawing a day in February and would like to do the same this year though this morning I feel I need to clarify my intentions and set a goal as Covid continues to confuse and upset with close friends in hospital. Art starts to feel irrelevant. Yet, somehow Klimt’s words stand out like a beacon.

‘Drawing is a line around my thoughts.’

Withdrawing into a flow of line is probably the simplest and best idea for the coming month yet this year feels really challenging.

An easy flowing line – a peaceful flowing life, a clear intention and as the Japanese say an expression of an open heart.

We use the expression ‘to draw a line’ meaning to create a boundary or close something down.

Where does one draw the line sharing artwork? I don’t know at the moment. It feels egoistical, nonsensical and unimportant to keep sharing online. Yet withdrawing from connecting with people and the wider world one of the only ways we can doesn’t feel a positive option either, so I am coming to the conclusion all I can do is hope to do some good through drawing and see what happens 28 Drawings Later.

Here is my starting place intention – I want to continue to plant trees this year, to continue to do my tiny bit for the planet in this beautiful corner. I also want to paint a large outdoor mural in the spring for children with complex needs.

So hopefully drawing through February will help to both clarify my ideas for the mural (something I have never done before) whilst creating a folio of drawings to keep raising funds to plant trees into the future.

So I choose to not withdraw from being online, which part of me really wants to, as the slowness of art and the speed of social media have always felt like uncomfortable bed fellows, but aim instead to move fearlessly forward into February with Klimt’s word to inspire and see where I get to 28 drawings later.

Thanks for reading! Stay safe Kirsten

Some of January drawings –

Perspectives on Drawing

How the Cat Got Nine Lives, Ink on Paper

I have been doing a lot of illustrative drawing recently and to my amazement have just discovered I CAN draw buildings which has inspired me to want to blog about drawing…

  • Ideas arrive in the process of doing. They appear when we show up.
  • White paper and sharp pencils are things of beauty.
  • Like snowflakes, thumbprints or leaves individuals have a unique line to draw out in life.
  • Drawings communicate ideas that words can’t always express.
  • A line on paper is a moment in life! When we enjoy and are truly present to what we are drawing, with no critical thoughts, the lines transmit that love and other people feel it.
  • Allow, allow, allow… space, time, pleasure to engage in the process.
  • Illustrative drawing is a way of conveying ideas. Illustration was something I didn’t think I could do as I studied painting and art history at art school. Illustration was a different subject! DAH! Drawing and attempting to communicate ideas has revealed and released a limited mind set over recent years for which I am truly grateful!
  • I CAN do perspective! I thought I was rubbish at drawing buildings but have really enjoyed creating street sets for ‘dramas’ to unfold in recent commissioned drawings (which I will share at a later date.) A bit of a revelation and reminder to NOT believe everything one tells oneself! How often do we say are rubbish at such a such and not even try? Negative self fulfilling prophecies are to be erased!
  • I love drawing! I knew that, but in a time of computer generated art and so many ways to ‘cheat’ ie marking out grids, projecting images onto paper, tracing etc, there is something wonderfully compelling, challenging, comforting, grounded and happy about letting the brain flow through the hand and out onto paper to find ideas and lines. No cut and paste for me! The style of drawings in this blog start as messy scribbles – hatchings of ideas that become more refined as I scribble and play. Balanced lines start to emerge from the chaos, ideas start to form. I then ink up the image which is a little like balancing on a wire, as there is no room for mistakes at this point and then erase the explorative pencil lines.
  • I truly believe it is absolutely impossible to be unhappy, stressed, worried or anxious about anything and draw! Drawing is high functioning brain work. The opposable thumb, that allows us to hold a pen or pencil, is considered the most advanced aspect of human development! To draw allows no space to think about anything other than drawing.
  • I think this is why prehistoric cave art is so captivating. We see in these amazing ancient drawings the human intelligence and presence of our distant ancestors. They speak to us, connecting directly through the images from the distant past, communicating ideas forward through time.

Ok, time to get back to the drawing board!

Love Kirsten

(all artwork Copyright of the artist)

Dawn Magic

All the drawings in this blog and many more are available as black and white hand signed prints. I post worldwide. Original drawings also available. www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk

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