Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Abstract Rose

I was sketching one of the peach rose bushes in the back garden and thinking about articles I've been reading about free thought and what it means to different skeptic figures, atheist writers, bloggers etc. and I started to associate different parts of the rose plant to my ideas of free thought and sequentially atheism. I don't see my position as an atheist as simply a rejection to claims of god(s) even though that is essentially what it is. I see it more as a manifestation of skepticism, asking questions and thinking for myself.
This is my personal tribute to that.

 I had no intention of making the drawing come out like a finished piece, and I'm happy with the disjointed composition which was spontaneous and fluid for me. I've been thinking of using the Japanese for 'atheist' (shown below) as a tattoo and I'm considering using this design as one.

無神論者 (mushinronsha) - Atheist

I associate different parts of the rose with different ideals of free thought, such as clipped branches symbolising the disposal of parts that can damage the whole, the filtering of ideas to promote growth, etc. I don't think it's necessary to explain every use of symbolism in the drawing, as I like to interpret the art of others for myself, so I'll just put up the rest of the pictures, with some small annotations. Enjoy :)

I like combining realism with abstract representations of objects. I think this is reflected in the contrast between the simple line drawings and patterns and the more details toned drawings. Also in the disjointed parts of the rose plant.

 I have maybe a slight obsessive proclivity towards drawing connected, trellising lines in my drawings (in case no one has noticed :P) and I really like how I used this to delineate the transition between realism and abstraction.

I think an underlying theme of my work is the expression, albeit mostly an unconscious one, of perceived imperfection being more interesting than typical, epitomising objects. It's a subject I'm constantly drawn to. The fascination of even one ragged fallen rose petal is more gripping than a million "flawless" roses.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dublin Sketchers Glasnevin Cemetery Meet-up

On Sunday, Dublin Sketchers met up in Glasnevin Cemetery for a good aul slightly morbid drawing session, which suits me just fine. 

A tremendous sense of peace descended on me as I walked into the grounds. I chose to draw in the children's section because the decorations around the graves are always so heartbreakingly heartfelt and sweet. 
There was a small grave shaped like a bed, with wood peeling bed posts and angels carved into the "headboard". There was a plastic vase full of chrysanthemums, some bent and wilting. Two snowglobes. A multicoloured "8" shaped birthday candle. The name "Codi" slept out in new ornamental bedroom door letters. So I sat for an hour and a half and drew. 

I added some feathers in at the end to signify the "little angels" plot. I felt I was in my own way paying respect to that place, the air dense with a tragic peace.

The most touching element of this section of the cemetary is the small decorations people tie on the trees around it. Windchimes, small teddy bears, christmas ornaments. It's so very beautiful and delicate. I'll admit I got a little teary. 
I sketched one of these branches. I'll be going back soon to spend more time on the details.

<3 For Mikey <3