Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ruskin and drawing...

I feel a bit sheepish about the lack of art (at least my own) in a supposed art blog. This is primarily because I've been working non-stop on commissioned projects for a number of months - none of which I can post until publication, and by then, I tend to forget about them, or am totally past talking about them. So the best I seem to be able to do is talk about the things in my life that influence my creative process (my garden, kids, pets, music, movies, books, other artists, fairy magic and other influences...)

In his Twice-Weekly newsletter - Robert Genn talked about Ruskin - whom I find fascinating, especially in terms of drawing (my drawing classes, take note):

"What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry." (John Ruskin)

There is a bit of Ruskin in all of us. He bears the invitation to slow down and smell the honeysuckle. He told us, "There was always more in the world than men could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast.
The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace." To be like Ruskin requires a sense of awe and a profound realization of ignorance. These qualities have us all holding hands with the Romantics. "I would rather teach drawing that my
pupils may learn to love nature," said Ruskin, "than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw."

This underscores why I feel that drawing is so universal and can be important to anyone who makes the effort to learn how. All it can do is improve the quality of our awareness and appreciation for life...

There. Art thought for the day.


Chris.P said...

I can relate to your post Tara. I do appreciate nature although in general I rush through life and fill it with distractions so as to avoid some of its reality. The trouble with that is I often miss some of its pleasures.


Anonymous said...

A very good thought, I like it:).


Gina said...

That is so true! It's breaks all barriers. Your lower image is striking to me today because I've been working on a fractal animation, it resembles them with its swirling motion and extending leaf shapes. Very lovely.

tlc illustration said...

I love fractals, Gina. They are nearly mesmerizing.

I find that being 'present' is almost *always* a good and pleasant place to be. There, in reality, are very few times that are uncomfortable for us in the now (vs. future or past tripping) - and one can then really see and appreciate what is around us...

One Crabapple said...

I was just here a little while ago and then you popped up on my blog with your amazing stuff on CHOCOLATE -- good gawd were you out to make me insane with all that goodness you talked about ?


(ps-- have heard of the iced hot choco and want to try ! the gourmet truffles sound so wonderful ! DO start a Choco Only Blog- I will move in !)

tlc illustration said...

If you'd like to read the original post (complete with links to astonishingly yummy chocolate sources) see:

:-) I'm going to have to settle for just an additional Secret Fairy blog for now... But the prospect of a chocolate one looms.

One Crabapple said...

I am at work right now , thus having only this forum to chat back and forth...just got your note...will look up that past blog ... GREAT more choco ? and this late at night ! I will definitely have dreams tonight !

As for the Fairy Blog Site I saw that !!! I was so tempted to join the swap ! I am in three right now tho - trying to show some sense. But yours sounds pretty great . I will be following it anyway !

Your illustrations - well - I am in love.


Great Blog. I totally understand being so swamped with paying work that you barely have time to do art for yourself. Like the quote from John Ruskin. Keep up the good blogging.