The huz brought a dozen gorgeous red roses home on our twenty-sixth wedding anniversary last week. They were so pretty I intended to paint them but I (not surprisingly) never did get around to it. When I noticed yesterday that the blooms are beginning to droop a bit I worked up some quick blind contour drawings to share with you.
I remember drawing this way in school It trains you to look more at the subject and less at the paper. In fact, you're not supposed to look at the paper at all.
It's amazing how the essence of the object really shines through.
I usually try to sketch these without lifting my drawing instrument so the piece is at least a little cohesive. I think if I lifted my pencil I would totally lose my place (although that might actually result in some interesting interpretations).
Blind contour drawings make a great warm-up exercise and they're a really good vehicle for studying a subject you're not very familiar with.
They are also a no-pressure way to work on your drawing skills. Really, who cares if it ends up looking like chicken scratch? You weren't even looking at the paper, for pity's sake! Just have a good laugh and move on with your life.
So, about our anniversary...
I credit my husband with the fact that our marriage has lasted this long. He is the most patient man in the world. He's the steady one and I'm the one more likely to jump off of cliffs. We're both stubborn, though, so when storms come (and we've had some doozies) our natural response seems to be to dig in and hold on. The sun eventually comes out and we're always stronger for having weathered the storm. I am grateful beyond words to have him beside me in this life.
So, in honor of our commitment I added some pen lines and splashed a little color on one of the contour drawings. The words on the petals say it all.
Anniversary Rose, August 2013, created in Paper 53
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