Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Meditation: Two Ears of Field Corn on a Tea Towel

Today's subject matter
Chewed field corn ear

If you've visited this blog before, you pretty much know the routine: subject, pure contour (drawing without looking at drawing), detailed drawing, details, finished. Same stuff today, different subject matter. I did not chew these ears, and I don't know who did.

Pure contour
Finished drawing
Until next time....


  1. Pamela...You got great results on this still life! I cannot imagine doing the pure contour drawing and getting decent results. What is the purpose of that stage? Do you correct that drawing going forward or do you start over? Very interesting process...with lovely results. Karen

  2. Hi, Karen. The purpose of the pure contour work isn't to have a preliminary drawing to adjust and work from but to concentrate the eye on the subject. Our instructor last fall, Betsy Abeel, asked us to imagine our eyes tracing slowly around the contours of the subject and guiding our hands and pencils by remote control. It's an exercise in looking carefully and, I also think, feeling the object's contour. It settles the mind, too, which is good for meditation and good for drawing.

  3. Interesting! I can see how this fits in with the mindfulness process. Karen