Sunday, 16 October 2011

Trying to let mark making have its own say

With all those delicious graphite mark making experiments of last month in mind, I have returned to a drawing of a narrow footpath reaching up out of the village from Woodstock Lane.
In the now finished piece I have tried to allow the mark making to begin to speak for itself, and not to restrain it for the sake of representational detail.

'up from Woodstock lane'
graphite/watersoluble graphite on Fabriano
The lane is fairly steep, the ground is uneven and in several places the trees meet overhead in architectural shapes reminiscent of barns or churches. The shadows they create are beautiful and provide striking contrasts.

These close ups of the drawing show areas where I felt I had let the graphite speak for itself.






When I heard Trevor Felcey speak at the Plough Arts Centre he talked about successful drawing being somewhere between the pencil and the paper, I wonder if these experiments are leading me to something of what he meant. In other words by allowing a mark that was made through the process of feeling for the drawing to be left, rather than tidied up or erased ... then a drawing begins to have its own say.

2 comments:

Printed Material said...

Wendy, I am intrigued by that line about the drawing being somewhere between the pencil and the paper. It reminds me of a comment made to me recently by a photographer that the picture is in the camera i.e that we shouldn't do too much post processing. I guess it's the same thing you're highlighting here, letting the intuitive marks you made just speak for themselves. The photos of your marks are gorgeous. They have a life of their own. Lovely post with food for thought. Thank you. Lesley.

Wendy Rhodes said...

Thank you for your thoughts Lesley, interpretation of these ideas is so interesting, i wonder if other people have interpreted 'somewhere between the paper and the pencil' in a different way?