Saturday, March 21, 2009

Artist in Residence


Well if I can't do a photo a day, can I do a scan a day? Last night after the girls went to bed, I returned something to the girls' second room and found a stack of drawings like these on Jing's table. They had been watching a movie but Jing never sits idly - dozens of illustrations like these covered several pieces of paper. You can see other images bleeding through the paper from the back, a habit from China she can't get past. I told her she did not have to draw on the back of the paper or combine a bunch of pictures on one page, that I would always provide as much apper as she needed, but she is still a very economical girl; nothing is wasted. Not a bad philosophy for these days especially!

I used to draw a lot too, pretty much all animals like Jing. I could draw a horse blindfolded in any position because I was, and am, a horse fiend. But anything else I drew decently I had to look at a photo or preferably another drawing and copy it. What amazes me about Jing is she draws a multitude of creatures but there is no book in front of her - they are all out of the herds of animals living in her head, images from her own imagination. At times I find pages of, say, a lion face done over and over with multiple expressions, or legs and paws or hooves drawn flat, curled, in motion. It's a beautiful thing to witness, that God-given talent that is so strong and instinctive it flows out spontaneously and freely, if not involuntarily. A gift to be envied!

6 comments:

  1. Those are great drawings - wow!

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  2. I love Jing's drawings - I especially like the delicate look to the faces and the snort :-)

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  3. WOW, just AMAZING!!! I hope she continues to use her talents for the rest of her life, these are beautiful!

    Maybe you could write the book and she will illustrate it for you.

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  4. love how she uses the circles for proportioning....the teach you that in art books...great job!

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  5. It really is a gift and I can't help but think that Jing will do something wonderful with her art. Well, really, she already has!!! So much potential, so much to discover.
    ~Sarah

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