Close-up of Current Horse Drawing: "Dust and Thunder"
Now that the holidays are in the rear view mirror and my son has recently gone back to college, I have returned to the herd of galloping horses that generated so much angst for me when I last worked on them. This work-in-progress has been given the working title, and possibly the final title, of Dust and Thunder.
In a past post I've mentioned that I continue to learn to draw, simply by drawing -- and this piece has given that fact new meaning. You may recall the tremendous anxiety I experienced early in this drawing's process, given the differences from my usual style. I have tended to feel more comfortable with subject matter that is viewed from a close-up perspective, and has clearly defined details and textures. Dust and Thunder on the other hand, is about ambiguous shapes and values, soft edges, a rather tricky source of back-lighting, and lots of dust!......(which is yet to be revealed, as most of it will be laid in after the entire drawing is completed.) In addition, the viewpoint is that of a landscape -- a first for me.
There have been many times I felt lost trying to navigate my way through this drawing: it seemed as if I simply did not know how to put one foot in front of the other. More than once I wondered if I would have to give up on it. But when I returned several days ago to finishing off the values of the two greys in the image, I no longer seemed plagued by the difficulties I was previously having with it. Maybe I just stuck with it long enough.........or maybe I simply needed the break from it that I took out of necessity after the loss of my mother............or maybe recent events have helped to lend a degree of perspective of sorts, about what really is problematic in life -- and what is not. Or maybe.............
Whatever the reason(s), I'm grateful for the learning -- and it feels good to be back in the saddle again, so to speak. A happy, productive New Year to everyone. Thanks for reading.