As we go about our daily lives….we spend a lot of time looking, but how much do we actually see?
The play of light and shadow with its constant change, needs to be acutely observed.
In this image, using watercolour and a felt tip pen to sketch pen – I am acutely aware of the play of light and shadow. The addition of felt tip pen over the watercolour gives a sense of energy.
Scribbling, or cross hatching on newspaper with a felt tip pen….can be very liberating and is an excellent warm up exercise.
The more we see, the more likely we are to observe triggers which feed the imagination.
For example. This weekend, I read about the annual elephant festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Immediately in my mind’s eye, I imagined hummingbirds painted onto the elephants…which in turn symbolised for me the interconnectedness of life.
I was also reminded of a time when I saw an elephant in captivity, and to this day, the sadness in that elephant’s eye haunts me.
In this image, I wanted to give the elephant back its dignity with a eye full of wisdom and life.
Triggers are an important reason to carry a sketch/notebook at all times.
Begin to feed your imagination as you would feed your body with nourishing food.
‘Those who dream by day are cognisant of many things that escape those who dream only at night’. Edgar Allan Poe.