The active investigation is: does doing art grow your soul? Does doing art awaken part of your soul? – a part that can ONLY be awakened by doing art?
We will start with “Pencil Magic” on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10:30 am PST. We will review the basics of shading, border, scribble and the figure ground exercise. Everything else is pencil mileage and expansion, deepening and exploration – all the way down – or is it up – or in…:) – of these basic tools. Open to all, and especially those who don’t consider themselves real artist. This weekly art hour is hosted by Dokgoth. Pencil Magic is inspired by the “Draw Good Now” series by E.J. Gold and a letter Kurt Vonnegut wrote to students – practically imploring them to do art – to grow their soul.
It continues to amaze me how somehow the paper – or rather, the form(s) inside it – seem to emerge from the ground and come alive in this process. It really is pencil magic – way beyond mere lines on a piece of paper and even beyond the appearance of 3 dimensional forms – it appears that these forms emerge in collaboration with something deep inside the one holding the pencil. I invite you to take the time and explore with us.” All you need that you may not already have is a – preferable very soft – pencil (9 b is best), paper and a pencil sharpener.
This adventure is inspired by several things:
- by E.J. Gold’s “Draw Good Now” teachings
- being asked to give and art class during a workshop so the online folks also could do art while E.J. Gold was in town for his art class.
- Kurt Vonnegut’s letter to students….
- AND – an experience with a German Shepherd Husky – during which I got to experience the truth of this:
Until one has loved an animal, part of one’s soul remains unawakened ~ Anatole France
So I said to myself: I am not an artist, I really don’t have all that passion for it like “real” artists – but WHAT IF it is true that in doing art – saying YES for real – a part of one’s soul comes into being – or, gets awakened – which nothing other that doing art will do?
And that is why I am doing this – and since I am fortunate to also create a little boosting necessity to really continue via committing to sharing it with you live via Gorebaggtv – you too can partake in this journey.
What opens up remains to be seen – one level that is involved in this adventure is the process of true penetration of something – the getting to deeply and intimately know something – and there are aspects to that which are always there, no matter the topic or thing. But that is a whole other story.