No day without a line. – Paul Klee
It is my mantra, and I see it as both lines in drawings and the written line, which is why I have change the tag line of this blog/website to “Drawritings from the Art Box”. I loved writing as a child, as a student in high school, college, and beyond. During the beyond phase, I hid my writings in journals, letters, emails until I finally started writing blog posts.
Paul Klee also said, “Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” In recent months I started a daily practice that includes drawing and writing for at least 15 minutes each. In doing so, these current drawings made me see something I had no idea was going on, which was that my writing and drawing had come together naturally and organically, with me starting to write reflections on the back of my recent drawings, as reflected in the image above, both sides of the paper.
The concept of “Drawriting” comes from this happy accident. I decided to call my new series, “Pictures and Words”.
While I have since moved on from the concreteness of writing on the back of my art work, the strong connection between pictures and words remains, which is why my best blog posts have both images and writing in them.
I was not one of those kids who was the “best artist in the class”. Back then I hated drawing and was into photography, the old school dark room kind of the 80’s. I did not discover making marks on paper for the pure joy of it until half way through college, while I was majoring in Russian Literature. Many years later, when I considered studying art therapy, the therapeutic value of art making was very evident to me, as I found it true for myself.
Making things has always been a lot about process and materials and discovering through process. Similar to art therapy, the art making process is constantly evolving and changing in a way that cannot be planned.
I invite you to see more of my images and words on my Artist Instagram Page: Instagram