Tender painting

Drawing is the link between the eye and the heart, where love can take the shape of an object, it’s a form of praying, it’s trascendental meditative and ultimately is a magical act.

A couple of weeks ago a neighbour called me to see if I could give her some painting lessons. Although I am an educator, very rarely o give lessons in drawing. I think I lack of the technical accuracy for that, but I offered her to share what I know about drawing and creativity.

i prepared some exercises from Betty Edwards method of “drawing with the right side of the brain”, which was what I my mentor Nelly Rojas used for my drawing  classes all those years ago. The main idea is to activate the right side of the brain by using the left hand or by breaking with traditional ways of drawing and looking.

My pupil arrived on time eager for her lesson and dutifully I gave her the exercises. She did them all and i realised that she must be a “goodie” But being good and do things efficiently does not lead to art and creativity.

I then asked her to paint a mandarin… but this time instead of doing it quickly i suggest her to see the mandarín for the very first time: as if this is the first and only mandaron in the planet, it’s unique shape, like a rosette of luscious lips, like a sphere orbiting in orange hues, like the surface of a planey with footprints of life telling a unique story.

because drawing is an act of tender love: it’s recognise the “other” as a miracle, as a inquire thing that deserves to be observed, appreciated, looked and looked after.

Drawing is the link between the eye and the heart, where love can take the shape of an object, it’s a form of praying, it’s trascendental meditative and ultimately is a magical act.

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The results show the transition: from the very first sketches responding to a “task” to the real comunión between the object soul and the Drawing.

For her it was a revelation, and for me too: I realise that whereas techniques can be learnt and practiced, my real talent as educator is to open doors and to reframe realities: to offer a license for looking intently, to unveil the magic of the domestic and quotidian objects… and that is indeed the power of art.

And this attention, this careful and caring gaze, this tender encounter can be indeed extended to everything we do. Which is part of my ongojg search for a bonito way of living. Later my dear friend diana said that my “making” is a way of “being” and that made completely sense. And for the future I also thought that this fortuitous encounter  with this unexpected pupil has meaning for both of us, as an educator but also in the opportunity to make sense of my practice that goes beyond the materiality of the art making but aims at spiritual and personal transformations and better ways to live in the world.

 

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