Enjoyed sketching from Simon Vouet's Saint Sebastian (c. 1625) this afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts. After viewing other areas of the Museum with my students, I decided to look around some areas of the permanent painting collection I hadn't walked through in quite some time, and the feminine gesture and contrast in value of this work caught my attention.
Saint Sebastian without His Arrow
little flat sculptures
It's really been a joy these past few weeks diving back into drawing and watercolor on paper and working more abstractly. Although I enjoy working from observation, my heart is not into it right now. My current drawings and watercolors, however, have evolved organically from my more representational and photo-based work; with them, there was a need to preserve an intimate moment of seeing some found form through a recording of the form and a paring down of its surroundings. The paring down of the surrounding background became more and more of my primary interest as a means to visually convey contemplation through marks that simultaneously veiled unnecessary information and physically encircled the object in focus. Now, I am exploring imagined object/ground compositions which still fixate on a singular object and this idea of layering, but now the object and ground are starting to fuse together as the layering is not an editing process but a building up of stacked planes as if I'm constructing these little flat sculptures one wash or pencil layer at a time.
Thoughts about art, seeing, and living.