Free-range Drawing…no boundaries…..”just start and see what happens”
2 commonly held beliefs about drawing: 1: Drawing is primarily a means of planning/designing/organizing artwork to be executed in another medium. 2. A drawing is “of” something, and has a specific subject.
When my friends and I started our Weekly Drawing project the idea of just beginning a drawing with no subject matter in mind was new to my way of thinking. I often take that approach when I paint, just letting the painting itself lead me from one step to another. But for some reason I have always thought of drawings as more controlled, and thus calling for intent. Narrow thinking. During the course of this project, I have done many drawings that have clearly defined subject matter, but I have also found it to be exciting to do “free-range drawings”, drawings that are basically abstract. These drawings I just begin, with no specific plan. I now understand that drawing needn’t be more controlled or restrictive than any other medium.