Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Simple Pleasures!

When I first took drawing class (way back a zillion years ago) I had a thorough dislike for a method called 'blind contour drawing'. (Blind contour is drawing while looking at the subject and not looking at the paper). I remember the teacher would bellow "Blind Contour Everyone!"...and I would groan uugghhhh.  I suffered through those sessions, longing to look at my paper. I seldom liked the results. 

Well! Recently, however, I started drawing blind contour in my little sketchbook. Why, I don't know..I can't account for why I appreciate it now...but I do!

This is the reservoir in Mt. Tabor Park...right next to where I live.

(I'm glad I hopped out of the car to "blind contour" sketch the Reservoir gatehouse...and I know my old drawing teacher would approve). 


16 comments:

Julie Ford Oliver said...

You did a great job. It looked good until I looked at the photo and I could see that you had done a fabulous job. Not easy with the curved walls.
I do blind contour with brush and paint. Try that!

martinealison said...

Bonjour ma chère Céleste,

C'est une très bonne idée que de croquer à l'aveugle. Un jet spontané...
Lorsque je faisais de la terre, souvent nous nous bandions les yeux, une phrase alors était lu à haute voix par le professeur.
Nous devions pétrir la terre de nos mains et laisser aller notre ressenti et surtout ne pas chercher à créer une forme précise. Au bout d'une trentaine de minutes nous retirions notre bandage. Et là, la surprise était assez surprenante. Soit nous laissions intacte la création soit avec un autre regard nous poursuivions une autre histoire avec... C'était très excitant, je vous assure ! J'ai éprouvé à chaque fois un grand plaisir.
Gros bisous à vous.

Ps : Vous vivez dans une très jolie région. Merci pour les photos.

Helen Moreda said...

Drawing is such a challenge and so rewarding. Love this drawing. Vacation next week.............I will draw!

weekend et coup de brosse said...

J'aime ces esquisses!
j'en fais beaucoup aussi, des livrets entiers qui resteront en ébauche mais que l'on retrouvent de temps à autre pour voir l'évolution ou l'état d'esprit lors de ces réalisations, et pour toi ? tu regardes tes carnets de dessins rétrospectivement?
I like these drafts!
I do some much also, of the whole booklets which will remain in outline but what one do find time with other to see the evolution or the state of mind at the time of these achievements, and for you? do you look at your notebooks of drawings retrospectively? Have a nice day , Cath.

Celeste Bergin said...

weekend et coup de brosse wrote:

I love these sketches!
I also do a lot, whole books that remain in draft but we find from time to time to see the evolution and state of mind during these achievements, and for you? you look at your sketchbooks retrospectively?
I like these drafts!
I do some much aussi, of the whole booklets All which Will Remain in outline what purpose do find time with one other to see the Evolution or the state of mind at the time of thesis achievements, and for you? do you look at your notebooks of drawings retrospectively? Have a nice day, Cath.

(---------)
Thanks, Cath...yes, I do look at old sketchbooks...it is definitely a way to keep track of your life! :)

Celeste Bergin said...

Martine wrote:

Hello my dear Celeste,

This is a very good idea to bite the blind. Spontaneous.
When I was of the earth, we often bandage eyes, then a sentence was read aloud by the teacher.
We had to knead the land of our hands and let go of our feelings and do not try to create a precise shape. After about thirty minutes we withdraw our bandage. And then the surprise was quite surprising. Either we leave intact the creation or with a different perspective we continue with another story ... It was very exciting, I assure you! I felt every time a pleasure.
Big hugs to you.

Ps: You live in a beautiful area. Thank you for the pictures.

_____________
(thank you, Martine!)

CrimsonLeaves said...

I do not know how you did it but it is fabulous, Celeste. I never did get a good result with blind contour drawing but I always did think it looked cool anyway.

Libby Fife said...

You must have the inner eye to coordinate with that hand! Good for you. Good thing too that we often come to appreciate later on what we were forced to do earlier. Who knows, maybe we will all be doing Algebra next!

hmuxo said...

This sounds like such a challenge... however, you did so well with it, Celeste! I know I could never do this, but it seems like a good practice.

L.W.Roth, said...

Blind contour drawing was a bear back then, but then, we were without years of drawing with our eyes open. It made sense we all cringed. Now, with years of eye/hand coordination exercises--yes, painting and drawing is an exercise that trains response--blind drawing isn't scary--as your amazing drawing shows. You have inspired me to take another stab at it. You had to be pleased when you did open your eyes to this wonderful example.

art by Michael Perchard said...

Wow!
Love this drawing!
I could see this one at any fine arts museum!
Bravo Celeste!
(Oh, I did do a bit of painting last night. Posted three unfinished works. You are a grand motivator!)
Thanks buddy!
Michael

hw (hallie) farber said...

This is just a delightful drawing; I don't think I've ever tried blind contour. And I love the translation, "bite the blind." Now I picture someone biting a window blind.

Carol Hopper said...

Excellent. I have tried that myself and the outcome was really disaster…nothing like the outcome you got!

Sheryl Anthony said...

Thanks for reminding me of this. I will try it for myself. I sure like how you caught everything important with just so few lines.

Dan Kent said...

I've been following but haven't had time to comment. The high heels knocked me out! Love how much you captured in those strokes.

As for this one - it just shows how magical grey and white wash with line can be. I still cannot stand blind contour, so my hat is off too you.

mary maxam said...

Excellent blind contour! Free and easy