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|Lights, camera, action. A film crew, documenting artists included in a show next fall celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Computer Art Department at SVA, interviewed me as I was making this drawing.|
|Where is the difference between a person meditating in a chair and a person sitting in a chair?|
Something about words
and definite meanings
limiting my writing.
Words are defined,
right there, see? Finite!
Whereas a line,
don't get me started,
goes on forever,
inside and outside,
shadow and form.
|The stars that sing in the sky|
|Yesterday evening, just after dusk, walking to the studio and hearing a few chirps from way back in the swamp, I paused to listen closely. The faint but rhythmic noise, I most happily concluded, was coming from a small chorus of peepers, the frogs whose appearance marks the beginning of spring. Tonight, as I arrived at the studio to upload this drawing, my hopes for winter's early end were rewarded with a resounding symphony of peeps.|
Okay, here's a super strange thing about improvisational drawing: sometimes it really can divine hidden feelings and thoughts.
I drew this morning - improvising - letting whatever suggested itself emerge - not judging or guiding - mindful but free - and the drawing you see above - the light pencil shading - is all I got - shit - I stood up after a short time and knew it was done - I wanted to draw more but there was nothing coming up - done! - frustrated I walked away - angry at my short attention span - my distraction - this stupid simple minimal shadow - who cares? not exciting! Wish my drawing was more engaging, and on and on the rumbles went -
Back to my computer, taking care of emails and uploads that were due - I tried to do some editing - I walked outside - the air was unusually warm, refreshing, I relaxed, took a deep breath - happy for the early spring weather - and in that slight decompression - that space between moments - two images crossed my mind simultaneously intertwined.
The first image was a summary diagram of my work situation - you see, I am almost finished a whole slew of obligations and after having my creative freedom narrowly restricted by deadlines, I am about to pass into a more expansive time, soon to be free to give attention to larger art works.
The second image was a visualization of meditative practice being hotly discussed online - an hourglass model - that describes the path of meditation, starting broadly then gradually the practice deepens, attention more focused, until some insight broadens practice back into life.
I returned to the studio and immediately recognized in my drawing a simple but clear diagram of my two main subconscious upwellings - an hourglass and narrow passage.
"Ah-ha," I said, "I see what's on my mind."
|When I scan a new drawing to share each day and see the digital image on the screen ready to upload, a word or phrase frequently pops up in my mind - a title, summary, or jokey catchphrase - but I don't use it. I wait for a different kind of reflection, a self-aware writing, a mindful voice calling attention to the process, working alongside the visual image, not descriptively, but as a simultaneous resonant thread, its own note in the chord, a sinuous verbal line flowering all on its own.|
|Sensing without a censor|
|On the road, drawing a lot, posting daily pics from an iphone, and crossing paths with George Ohr|
|Gathered to celebrate my mom's birthday!|
|Last minute posting at Gate 85 before the red eye from SFO.|
|The world gets bent out of shape and the demons fly but it's just a drawing after all.|