Reconnect with the drawing process

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Drawing has always been a starting point, a midway place and often an important part of finished artwork. I have started a series of drawings, done on a daily basis to create the feeling of a relaxed and playful flow of work. I seem to benefit from creating for me this feeling of playful exploration and the joy of "just drawing and floating along" which in turn initiates thoughts and other practical ideas for further artwork.

The feeling inside a picture

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Could you make pictures that have some kind of "inside" feel to them, like the viewer is part of the visual "equation".....and would this be similar to the feel we have about our "inner pictures", the ones that we see in our mind's eye, ...when we remember something or when we think of something that "has image" with our thoughts...?

Do you see inner images?

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Can you tell me something about the "inner images" that you have, the ones that you see in front of your mind's eye....

Do you have fixed images for memories of people or places? - Do you have images that you generate on a daily basis, that move along with you and change whilst you go along in your days? - Is there blurredness/out-of-focus? - Sound? - Do they move?

I asked these questions to a group of people within a facebook group message. Not many people replied but those who did sent in most amazing short pieces of text. They revealed the most individual worlds (without being intimate) some rich and some less rich with images and/or visualised words, but all driven by an emotional dynamic that gave the ultimate meaning to the symbols in word or image form. Fascinating. I might make this part of a future project. 

Norse narrations and a way with the truth...

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I came across a book that explains how old Norse narrations deal with the truth,....They are trying to describe "the real event", but, there is lots of controversial informations, gaps, and different authors and storytellers create different versions of the story...Some narrators even fill in with their own imagined detail where it might have always been there in the first place....
This makes me wonder how I could relate image fragments to each a picture. How to create pictures if the relationships of the images that are part of it are related in that kind of way? And are there contemporary contexts where narration in that kind of way would make sense?

So I went and took two pictures, random ones, kind of, and brought them "in contact" with each other, as today's see how I react to it.....and "feel the gap between them..."

Why does this seem visually attractive?

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I went to a portfolio surgery and packaged this half-finished artwork like this...and I find there is something utterly intriguing about it....
Is it the temporary nature of the cling film? Is it the shiny-ness of the material? It seems all the reflection and glare in that part of the picture distracts away from it and also hides what there is underneath....Interesting!

The looseness of layers

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I used to produce pictures with stitched drawings on transparent fabric (I still do) and a painting in the background. Then, the fabric was stretched in front of the painting at a distance.....
I am now re-thinking this way of going about it. Fabric wants to "wilt", to hang in pleats and folds, to go creased....I think, I like this process to happen also to the image that is being carried by "the fabric..."....the looser arrangement of all layers (and meaning carriers) seems more appropriate....

Inner pictures

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Think of events that have happend to you in the past and were important, do you  have "visual kennings" for them? Like visuals that always crop up when you memorize the event?

Do you have other "visuals" that appear in/on your mind's eye,  e.g. when you think of a certain person, or a certain place?

Are such images (of memories or of people or places") blurred, ...with colour....?

Have they got a certain format ("portrait"? or "landscape")...or a certain shape?

Why is it interesting to think about all this and why do I want to find out more about this topic?

Hm. It might be that we should paint or draw or arrange images and understand them more like from within our own "inner image experience"....and this could bring a new dimension to understand "image-making" outside of our heads....?

Invisible memory?

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What pictures do you have for your memories? You think or feel back to somewhere in your life's past and it comes along with an "image" that you see in front of your mind's eye.
Are these pictures focussed, do they have details, are they just vague "thumbnails" to mark an impression that is not just image but a complex set of sound, image, thought and feeling?

I think we all have a massive private image stock. Nobody else will ever see them, and we can't share them either. (Unless we elaborate to describe them in words of produce a drawing or a painting). How do they interact with the things that we actually, really see in our daily lives? Do they get super-imposed?

Fault line magic

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The design of the fault lines...
You can bring together whatever you like......just make sure that the fault lines are in the right places...
It seems to apply to pictures, doesn't it? 
Combine whatever you like, rip things out of their context...but make sure your script for the fault lines work.