Lately I have been asking myself why I continue to draw. I have slowed down on the amount of personal art work I do because of the time and effort my job requires. But for some reason I still like to take a few minutes a week to draw. The exercise of drawing by hand has become a bit of a habit. Although I don’t go through sketchbooks as quickly as I used to, I still enjoy the occasional sketch or still life.
I showed drawings, a painting and the Tripod Stool at the RAW Artists Event here in Tucson last week. I don’t have nearly enough free time to do many events so I took this opportunity to show a variety of pieces. These are some of the small projects I have been up to in last 6 months. The painting is a slightly abstracted depiction of a shoe lace. It is painted in acrylic on a wooden panel. I designed the panel itself to slide open to be used as storage space or as a secret compartment.
The human invention of tools is a pivotal moment in the history of man. It separated us from animals. It carried us to a new level of existence and elevated us to the top of the food chain. When man used his hands to master tooling and crafting he became a whole new being. Ever since, people have handed down ideas and methods of creation along to the following generations. I love to see skilled, hand-crafted work. I have a lot of respect for people who learn to master techniques in various trades and artforms. As I grow as an artist, I keep my eyes focused on mastering my execution of ideas; balancing the big picture and the small details.
I like to study how the objects we value somehow become us. The things we try to acquire and choose to keep say something about each one of us. As much as I enjoy drawing things I like, I enjoy opening up to things around me. My friend Joe recently lent me a set of his clippers so I could draw them. I wouldn’t call this a portrait of him but the drawing does suit him.