|Peter Kreet. "Seated Nude."|
Pen & ink.
There are several approaches to drawing depending on the personality of the drawer. An analytical mind may feel that accuracy should score highly on any scale of competency. At the other end would be people who greatly value the spontaneous, even the gestural act of mark making. Then there is the drawing of children were the inner instinct of what a child feels about what they are representing has central place. This type of drawing greatly appeals to me as it is that free spiret, that spontaneous interpretation of what ever is being drawn, it's life force that is so wonderful.
Spontaneity has many faces, children's drawing most certainly is one category, Matisse and his fauve friends form another. They loved the life and vigor of this open approach in both drawing and painting. Drawing is more than simply an exercise in hand and eye co-ordination, it is also a journey of investigative possibilities for different ideas. Its' practice, unlike painting demands a far more intimate approach. A certain degree of intentness is required without the author descending into a ridged interpretation of their subject.
A sketch demands a rapid path to produce a free expressive outcome, otherwise the result will be tentative, unsure of itself. There must be a ridged economy of means, so the visual outcome is to a certain extent symbolic, a blue print if you like. An expressive sketch dosen't need correction to any extent, it is purely a moment , an impression of a situation or moment in time. To me this the most rewarding drawing and naturally the most difficult to obtain. It must capture the moment, attempt to capture and possess the subject.
Many critic will argue that this is a very emotional and not a professional approach, but I feel this is the most intimate way of interpreting the world.
A viewer needs to move up close to a drawing, to create a close relationship in order to fully understand the dialogue. The intent in drawing is simply to make an immediate mark on a surface without inhibitions, to express your relationship with the subject. Creative drawing allows another person to view the world through an others eyes, to see the world through their prism and experience and understand an others temperament towards our world.
|Peter Kreet "Japenese Bridge, Hoi An"|
|Peter Kreet "Waiting for the bus"|
Brush & ink.