|Delaps Cove Sheds|
I find I get more immersed in a subject when drawing on site than I do with a camera, possibly because I have to pay attention for longer, and also think more about what is before me. Perhaps it is this evidence of time in the drawing that engages me more; a photo is taken in a fraction of a second, all at once. I draw over several minutes, one part of a line at a time, moving my hand all over the page.
Of course, I cannot bring home as much of what I see in a day. I also took some photos, just for that reason; I could be more present in the passing scenery than if I were trying to put it all down on paper. To see this contrast for myself, I drew from a photo of the rocks I'd also looked at and didn't have time to also draw. I knew I could do something with the rock photo as a reminder of rock shapes in general. Below is a quickie I did today from a photo of the rocks atop the seawall between those sheds above and the Bay of Fundy. I could bring home the shapes, but don't think I got the "air" around the rocks that is there and is lost in a photo. I believe I can use such a drawing as the one below for a guide to laying down paint; a sort of colouring book which I can lay paint onto in any way I choose. An outline for embellishment or embroidery with paint. Hmmm...Trying several ways, using the same general drawing, might be an interesting exercise....
|Delaps Cove Riprap Rocks (from photo)|