Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sketchbook - A Sea of Eyes
When I draw without a preset theme, the drawing comes out of an inner space and brings something of that with it - but I have found over the years that the reverse is true also: while drawing, the surrounding scene with its noises and energies is somehow captured intensely in memory, and each sketchpage and doodle, when opened, opens those snapshots as well - here what is visible is an ocean of impressions and observations - a question: what will fit? What will become? and memory fills in a sunny afternoon on a neighbour's back porch, children coming and going, the sun searing the blank page a blinding white.
I have doodles on lined paper squeezed into the margins of notes taken years ago. They bring to mind the dim upstairs feel of Mr. Baxter's gr. 12 French class. The colourless tiled floor. Joe on one side, Wayne on the other. Good friends. Worth remembering.