the duplications and me

"Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."
Salvador Dali
I don't think this was really what he was talking about...

Hi there. My name is Georgia. I teach English as a second language. I just finished up my TESL masters in May, but I was an art major...for 2 weeks. I took drawing classes for a long time before that though, all through high school, from Bob Pennebaker and David West (before my parents would let me draw from live models). We're talking serious drawing classes, like naked people drawing classes. Good stuff. I miss it. After fortuitously sitting next to one of his students on a train back from Chicago, I decided I needed to do something about that - missing it that is. So here I am. 365 duplications in a year barely scratches the surface, but it's a start. I chose duplications because they are inarguably doable. You don't have to be feeling artsy or inspired to do them. They're work really. I believe I remember Bob saying something about duplicating until your eyes bleed...pleasant. I also remember the word painstaking being used a lot.

That being said, why would I venture to start such a journey? Because I miss art; I miss drawing; I miss seeing, really seeing, and I think this is a surefire way to nudge myself back into it, or something like it.

I'm vowing to do at least 20 minutes a day. That's usually not going to be enough to finish one - the first one took 45 minutes, but it's a manageable chunk of time and finishing really isn't the point.

Thanks for stopping in. Drop me a line if you're interested in any of these concepts. I will probably direct you to Betty Edwards' book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (which Bob has deemed the New Testament, the Old Testament being Nicolaides' The Natural Way to Draw). If you think you can't draw, but are willing to listen to what she has to say and even do some of it, you can easily prove yourself wrong.