She Was Drawn was the first drawing I did after a few years of just painting. I received a request to participate in one of Koplin Gallery’s drawing shows, and made the piece specifically for that exhibition. The trouble with making finished drawings is that I return to the same methods of mark-making that I used before I took up painting, and it is a slow and tedious process. Paint goes on so much more quickly and gives more bang for the buck. The tiny strokes of a sharp pencil still end up looking pretty good, but I’ve lost most of my patience with it.
Since drawing with a pencil makes you impatient, I would not imagine you are suffering from OCD.
No, OCD is not my problem. When I did the self-portrait that functions as my facebook profile picture (and is also one of these ‘text’ drawings) I was feeling my age. I had my hand braced due to arthritis, was wearing my new glasses, and new wrinkles, and new graying hair. A few years later I don’t feel like I’m suffering from much. Maybe just a lack of time…
Thanks for reminding me to check the kind trap. I’m loosing my patience to be kind with this infestation.
I have to say that its good to hear your struggles with this slow “tedious process”. Getting a chance to see your process is really where its at for me. How do you deal with your struggles. This Open Museum is giving you a forum that all most all artists do not get at the gallery. Michelangelo’s paintings at the National Gallery, “The Virgin and Child with Saint John and the Angles” and “The Entombment. These are I believe the only unfinished works displayed at a gallery, from an artist of his caliber. This format called the "Open Museum” has given me a chance to get to know you in a way I would never have in a gallery. Thank you! and the rest of you “Open” Art heads!!!
I’m writing this in reflection of most of your postings. Giving us a chance to see your process. With this drawing you give us your motivation. Not just why you make your marks. You do have an emotional attachment to somethings you do and how they become linked to the demands of the day.
Being able to post work ‘in-depth’ is what makes this site great. There is nothing else like it, and it dove-tailed perfectly with what I’d been thinking about doing for a couple of years on a site of my own. But I know little about computers, so when I was introduced to the Open Museum, I took to it like a duck to water. Posting is very easy, though a lot of thought has to go into what you want to post, and what you want to say about each piece.
As for motivation, in some pieces I post I tip-toe around that issue because I don’t want to give too much away in my text. This piece still has layers of meaning I don’t discuss at all, as most of my posted paintings do, too. I often forgo discussing the most personal meanings of these works, sometimes for reasons of privacy, and other times because I think not knowing preserves a bit more mystery for the viewer. Those personal motivations are the most basic and critical to the works, however.
This drawing is so beautiful, poignant and touching. In the poem, why was the house tented? To fumigate for rodents?? With regards to your comment below about paintings with text, your hand-written poem above the branch is quite perfect. It is an elegant homage to William Blake, not to mention a plethora of magnificent illuminated Northern Renaissance manuscripts. Thanks for this!!
The tenting was for termites, not rats, but she got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I first started writing on drawings in Vienna, when I was going through a very difficult artistic period. After my first solo show, the erotic ‘theme’ that had always inspired my work just died. Eventually I started doing a series of drawings, self-portraits as corpses. On these I started venting my rage at Vienna by writing with three pencils at once, so the script was barely legible. In contrast, these newer works have text that I think about and polish in advance.
A beautiful drawing, Scott, and the text is really a touching poem. I remember seeing this piece and loving it. You really are a fine draughtsman!
Thanks, Grady! I have a few more drawings with text to post. I generally dislike paintings with text, but somehow felt it is more appropriate with a drawing. Maybe that’s just a self-delusion.
I agree about text on paintings, but also that it’s fine on this drawing- maybe it comes across more like a refined journal page or sketchbook page. I like seeing your finished drawings, the touch is similar to the paintings but different of course.
She Was Drawn
F. Scott Hess (b. 1955)
She Was Drawn
pencil, colored pencil, chalk, on Strathmore paper