Monday, 22 October 2007

Drawn

The last couple of days I've finally started to draw again. The process of blogging has been a trigger in some ways: the sense of wanting to articulate something, and hence having to find ways to actually articulate what that something might be. There have been other triggers as well including, for instance, a lot of good conversation over the weekend with different people. Not to mention the notion of having felt stuck for quite some time.

Perhaps this is a small part of (in the best possible way) getting myself unstuck again.

Here are a few of the drawings I've been doing: a further attempt to recommence the process of articulating something, if only for myself. I don't think as yet that they are succeeding in any way, but it's a start. The fact that there is now a they - the drawings - to actually be able to refer to, is the main thing right now: in itself, it's quite liberating.

19 comments:

Charlotte said...

How wonderful that blogging has been a trigger for you to return to drawing! I understand the liberation of returning to a lost, or forgotten, art.

Ario said...

I am trying not to steal them. Trying hard. Trying hard.

They will be worth money in x-years time.

Still trying.

*Grabs*

*Looks round*

*Runs*

NMJ said...

I am complicit in Mr Ario's crime - love these, Trews.

DJ Kirkby said...

They look like Japanese poetry...

Pixie said...

Really pleased that you've picked up your pencil and started.Now you just have to keep going, which may be a bad thing if it means you don't have time to blog.... she said selfishly.
pxx

bindi said...

Yes, liberating! How wonderful for you. Are they in charcoal? They all look different, or are they all part of the same articulation?

trousers said...

Hi charlotte, I think blogging is only part of it, but it's definitely a factor. Just the whole thing about getting the cogs whirring again as much as anything.

ario - STOP! THIEF! etc. :)

You too, nmj - glad you like them; I put a sort-of disclaimer about them in the main post, but I'm not going to protest if that's your opinion ;)

Interesting thought, dj, thanks for that.

pixie, yes carrying on is the key. I do thing there must be some mathematical formula mind you: the less time spent blogging, the more you have to blog about...

They're all in pencil, bindi. I think it's the case that any differences are byways and diversions but all trying to head for the same outcome.

Early days, anyway.

Merkin said...

Well, Trousers, you know me, I am autistic rather than artistic.

I saw the title of this piece :'Drawn'
All I could think was 'where is the hanged and quartered?'

Seriously.
Well, maybe not.

Perchance, one day you will do a book cover for me or an album cover?

(As long as i am Art Director)
heheheheh

szwagier said...

When I lived in Prague, I went to a museum about the Jewish camp in Terezin. The displays included (don't know if they still do) drawings done by kids at the camp. The pictures started off like normal kids' pictures - sun, 'houses', people with smiles etc, but later there were pictures of executions and gods know what else.

For some reason these drawings remind me very powerfully of those - I don't know why.

zola a social thing said...

All damned alien to me.
Replicators or spiders and things like that.
Is it postmodern?

trousers said...

That sounds fascinating szwag - I'd be interested to see that sometime (must go to Prague - and not for a Brit-style piss-up either).

zola - well the lines are very spidery, true, though for me these are more of an attempt to articulate a certain kind of space as much as anything else. Like I say though, early days. I wouldn't have thought of these as being postmodern though - more within the confines of modernism, I would have suggested.

szwagier said...

I guess it was kids doing what they normally do - drawing what they 'see' (however you might want to define 'see').

How does a kid cope when their waking life is far worse than any nightmare they could come up with?

As I said, I've no idea why your pictures remind me of them, t - I just offer it as an experiential fact.

trousers said...

Indeed szwag, it's pleasing to find that they remind you of something anyway, but it has aroused my curiosity.

I'd offer the notion (and be happy to be wrong to any degree) that these drawings are ill-defined enough, have plenty left out of them, to allow space for such associations, regardless of the context. Just a thought anyway.

szwagier said...

It's not that so much - not the actual content but the colours and the intensity, I think.

And I've found a link of sorts.

trousers said...

Checked out the link - it looks to be really interesting stuff.

:)

zola a social thing said...

Now I "really" understand why Ernie Heminstein went fishing.....

trousers said...

Oh, you've lost me now zola...

wordstar said...

Do you like Cy Twombly? Something about your drawings reminded me of his, and I love his. I have no idea why some marks, randomly made on paper can move me to tears but they do. Then I look at the man I love and he says YUK! and it fascinates me how different we react to art.

trousers said...

Hello wordstar, nice of you to drop in! Yes I do like Cy Twombly, I think these drawings do have a certain influence from his work, it's been rattling around in the back of my mind somewhere, that I'd like to have a look at his stuff again.

Yes, marks on a piece of paper or whatever, like certain notes of music in a certain order: odd but fascinating how it moves us (or not as the case may be).