Monday, October 29, 2012

new mexico in watercolor

confronted by the complexities of the landscape in abiqui, new mexico, the first exercise suggested by meredith nemirov our instructor was to do a contour drawing.

on a page folded into quarters, we began on one segment, drawing the contours of the landscape without lifting the pen, moving from one panel to the next, confronting one segment of landscape at a time. small steps.

my drawings didn't strictly follow the rules - i lifted the pen frequently - but i became enamored of the technique. the intricacies of the landscape, decrypted into simple line, became my way of seeing all week.

the line work prepared me well for...

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