|pastel on white, top pastel on black|
|pastel on black|
"Keep yourself in the habit of drawing from memory. The value of memory sketches lies in the fact that so much is forgotten."
William Morris Hunt "Talking on Art"
This was from last week. I needed cat food. So I zipped down to Safeway and became almost paralyzed in the parking lot. The sky was darkening quickly, getting ready for a downpour. It varied between sepia/burnt sienna and orange with lots of neutrals in between. SOOOO exciting. I memorized. I have spent the last few days thinking about it and then finally was ready to try a painting.
This brings me to share more about Dwight Tryon. He worked in his NYC studio during the winter months and during that time relied on his memory of his spring and fall trips. He loved nature and with that-Thoreau and Hunt. He had Hunt's book,"Talking on Art," in his studio and had underlined this passage (above)in the book. Tryon went on to write in the margins of the book, "The less imitation, the more suggestion and hence more poetry."
Poetry, isn't that what we are all searching for?