Draw Abstracted Form Merging with Landscape

Sketch of anthropomorphized landscape form pencil Left: sketch of termite mound; right: anthropomorphized forms © 1991 Marilyn Fenn

Sketch of anthropomorphized landscape form
Pencil
Left: sketch of termite mound; right: anthropomorphized forms
© 1991 Marilyn Fenn

Class notes, from Advanced Drawing Studio with Barbara Rossi, SAIC, 1991

“The creative process lies not in imitating, but in paralleling nature—translating the impulse received from nature into the medium of expression, thus vitalizing this medium. The picture should be alive, the statue should be alive and every work of art should be alive.”

– Hans Hoffman

Think about forms of nature that excite you: creatures, clouds, rocks, wood, trees, bones, water, fog.

Make lots of drawings of abstracted form merging with landscape.

Hoffman’s “Search for the Real.”

The sound of machines; music.

Thorax (horse drowning in a sea of sadness).

 

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