Sometimes when I draw, I just start. You add a line here or a circle there. It is just following the patterns as they fall on the page. You work into a rhythm and something begins to appear. It is not there just yet but you know you are onto something.
This is a critical time in what will eventuate. You cannot let failure be an option. You also cannot get overwhelmed by success either. Just keep on going. This is the way. There are times when you are in the zone and the end is clearly in sight. Inspiration is high and the confidence assures you this is going somewhere really good.
A surprise reveals itself in front of you. Realisation of what this image is dawns like a sunrise. Or it hits like lightening. All you have to do is a few more steps. The image is done. How did this come about. I made this. Good one me.
You put it away. Job done. Then when you go back through the many loose papers and binders. You see this image again. Did I do that. Other times it is like meeting an old friend. Hello! So that’s where you went to.
About Lady With Candles
The drawing attached to this article was curious at the time. I knew who I was drawing. Can you guess? Earthy tones emphasise this is worldly and human. However the crown of candles and the swirling balls afloat in the air suggest otherwise. The woman is proud, bold, and heavily pregnant.
Theotokos, the God bearer. Mary the mother of Jesus. It is a stylised version. Far from the picture of the young woman, the mother of tears and grief, this Mary is triumphant in the glory of womanhood.
You Can Do It Too
Others could get more out of this theme. Perhaps if I tried to do this again I may surpass this version. The woman with a crown of candles on her head has surfaced since in my drawing. But none of them top this time. The first time I used that symbolism.
Just another lesson learned. Another visual key to put away in the toolbox. Keep drawing. Keep adding to the toolbox. That is all it is. You can do it too.
Phillip Hall has been too long in Melbourne to see AFL in the same light as those back in Fremantle. East Fremantle born and bred, he would love to see the Dockers back in the eight. But would settle for just beating West Coast twice a year.