Saturday, August 17, 2013

Draw Me A Riddle --- Day 2/217

Walk: Mindful Body, Palace of the Legion of Honor (Lecture on Paper to Canvas)
Distance: 1.5 miles and teach yoga class

My inquiry into 'what is drawing' has turned into Pandora's box.  Many more questions than answers.  Eg, in general drawings consist of material, technique, tone, form and proportion, perspective, artistry.  All these are, of course, extensively complex categories.  Then there are the types of drawings: studies, finished, architectural, engineering, figurative, the lists of types and drawing components go on and on.

One thing that interests my mind is the fact that drawing preceded paper.  When I think of a drawing, my mind naturally goes to some sort of paper.  Unless someone specifically says 'cave painting,' but then those are paintings(?)  So, no ciwt, all doctors aren't men (like the famous riddle) and all drawings aren't on paper.

While contemplating it is nice to just look at the subject, drawings:

 Pen drawing of a landscape with mountains, a river in a deep valley, and a small castle.
Leonardo Da Vinci  (1452-1519).  Leonardo's earliest known drawing, the Arno Valley (1473), Uffizi

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), Greyhound, ca 1500, ink and brush outlines indented with a stylus

Scholar by a Waterfall, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279), Ma Yuan (Chinese, active ca 1190-1225) Album leaf, ink and color on silk

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Face of a Woman, 1935, Hermitage, St. Petersburg

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