Jakarta: sketchbook

Yesterday I began a drawing based on photographs I took while flying over Singapore. I’ve been thinking about this drawing for weeks and I was envisioning something amazing. My approach was slow and concentrated, but something just wasn’t working. I wasn’t feeling it.

It had no life.

Frustrated, I sat back in my chair, reached for my coffee and looked up. Through the glass double doors leading out to the back patio, I watched the giant banana plant leaves sway in the breeze. The sunlight from above edged the leaves with the most incredible golden halos and transformed a boring medium green into a luminous chartreuse. As the overlapping leaves swept past each other, shapes of bluish green shadow appeared and disappeared.

Don’t adhere to a preconceived idea. Work from life.

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