Yesterday I pulled one of my framed drawings out of storage. As of next week it will be a donation to the CNIB for their annual Eye Appeal Art Event.
Right now the drawing is propped up on my studio couch. There are coyotes walking across this drawing, a wall of coloured stones, and words about building a fence then taking it down. Really, it’s a kind of love story.
The drawing is all imagination. There was no still life model beside me as I created. I imagined an argument and a fence, and what happened after. Then I drew.
Seeing this drawing has me thinking about love in its various aspects, and how love can grow from imagination.
I love colour. It’s the first thing I notice in everything I see. I love light and the physical, emotional feelings it raises in me. All my life, I’ve felt colour and light run from my eyes through my body as shades of love and joy. It makes me shiver.
I imagine no colour, no light, and I feel lost.
I imagine never having such love and joy again, and I feel empty.
I imagine someone gentle beside me who still sees colour and light. They speak to me, saying I will guide you through this, if you wish. Take my arm and we’ll walk together. You’ll find your way through again.
Imagine this love story.
This is why I give away my drawing, to offer love and joy to someone I will never meet. To share light and colour from within.
It’s all because of imagining a love story.
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CNIB (formerly the Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Eye Appeal Exhibition and Event 2019 http://www.eyeappeal.org/
My drawing is titled “Old Coyote Trick (sticks and stones)”, and it’s the image heading this post. It is also on my art site at https://www.walkingowlstudio.ca/image/garudas_cheshire_cats_and_other_/old_coyote_trick_sticks_and_stones The words showed up after noticing someone had built a fence immediately next to their neighbour’s fence. The drawing came after.
I see your fence
Don’t like it
Build my own
Make us small
Not how we are meant to be
Take down my fence
Breathe us big
Pat your fence
(like a friendly dog)
And walk around