Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Meditation: Butternut Squash

Today's subject

The shape of the squash is uncomplicated, but not so its dessicated leaf and tightly spiralled tendrils. Doing a pure contour drawing (not looking at the drawing but only at the subject while doing the drawing), I had lines going all over the place.

Pure contour

Detail of pure contour

Subject detail

Drawing detail

Doing an accurate botanical rendition of this leaf would take sharper eyes than mine. I must be content with somewhat impressionistic drawing.

Drawing detail #2

Drawing detail #3
Before blending
The left-hand contour has less awkwardness than the right, which I tried to correct after making the first heavy line, but overall the squash looks like the squash. I'll just add that butternut squash makes a delicious curried soup.

After blending


  1. Very nice, Pamela. I can see there's a lot to this whole process. I especially like the subject detail of the stem and leaf. Karen

  2. Comment received in e-mail: "I love all squash, pumpkin,gourd in almost any form the family takes. As well I do love the evolutions which came forth in Chinese pottery from these shapes. A noble subject for drawing. I do wish you would accept that the version that comes out of you is often far nicer than some perfectly realistic copy. For one your mouse was far more interesting than a perfect rendering of the rubber model could be. I liked the long tail. Your good inner sensitivity comes through. I hope I don't intrude by writing to you on email. I did try to comment on the blog page but it doesn't want to communicate."

  3. Karen, the instructor of the drawing class I took this fall recommended we do 10 pure contour drawings for every one modified (looking at) drawing. My usual ration is 1:1, although in the case of the rat I went back and did additional pure contours after the "final" drawing. Sometimes I use a stump to blend shadows, sometimes not. But I like the way the process is evolving on its own.

    Marolyn, for me the critique is part of the process. I critique my drawings, and David critiques them, also. When and where I see flaws, it isn't a way of saying the drawing "isn't good enough." I'm happy with where I am right now, and if I weren't the drawing wouldn't work as meditation. I appreciate very much your appreciation! I guess my ultimate goal (which I may never reach, and that's okay, too) would be to have whether or not my drawing matches the subject realistically a matter of my own choice, rather than accident. Make sense?

    Thank you both for visiting and giving feedback.

  4. Pamela....Will you be adding a link for this new blog to the sidebar list Other Aspects of my Life on DEB? Karen