The Drawing Mindset
Research Assessment 8
Subject: Comparing how I Draw to how I Paint
A major component of painting has always been drawing. I mean, Van Gogh said it himself, “Drawing is the root of everything, and the time spent on that is actually all profit.” However, I have not mentioned it very often. One of my main goals this year has been to paint consistently, but I feel as though I should rephrase that. In reality, I have also been drawing a great amount, and, recently, I decided to reflect on what drawing can teach me.
In the last few weeks I decided to dedicate my time to drawing more. My reasoning was that it would take less time, and it is something I had neglected for a while. So, I set to work. While doing so, I noticed the ease in which I drew. I thought I would be rusty; I had forgotten that before I can paint anything I usually draw a sketch. These sketches have allowed me to keep practicing the skill without even noticing it. This made the process much easier to go back to.
The fact that I hardly even considered it a task surprised me. That is what I want painting to be like for me: more of a habit than a necessity. Recognizing that I seemed to have already accomplished part of my goal with drawing encouraged me to reflect on how I was pursuing drawing, and the differences between my mindset in both mediums.
Drawing is something I consider more crude and unfinished. I only tend to draw when I sketch, so this idea of something seemingly rougher than painting was ingrained in my head. I believe this less serious view of it allows me to be more creative and free with drawing. I noticed this in my most recent drawings; they are relatively different in style. Compared to my paintings, that float around the same style, this is revolutionary. I may be able to transform painting into something more natural, which will encourage more risk-taking and creativity. To do this I need to change my mindset about painting.
I have been far too cautious with my paintings. It is difficult to point out why this is the case, but, as long as I change my habit, the reason for the issue hardly matters. What I believe the best thing for me to do will be to paint in my own time. I can reuse old pieces to explore new methods of painting. There is no need to finish any of the pieces, so it will not be as much of a hassle. This process will encourage me to see painting as something less rigid, but, rather, as a hobby. It will also be beneficial towards my original work. The more constant practice and risks will allow for more innovation and experimentation. This is what the original work is about, for me: improvement and practice; by focusing on these ideas when I paint, I will surely create more purposeful art pieces. If anything, I feel more motivated to draw as well. I had forgotten how much enjoyment I get from it. Drawing feels mot just easier, but also more peaceful. I get to create whatever I want regardless of the results; that really takes a great deal of pressure away from me. Doing the same with painting will encourage a similar mindset, which I believe will greatly benefit me.