Thursday, February 03, 2011


Mama - In Progress
Ink and Graphite on Paper

Today I thought I'd share with you a work in progress. I draw, but rarely consider the drawings a finished work of art. I'm trying to overcome that self imposed bias. I'm thinking about adding a few washes of colour to this piece once the inking is complete.

In working on a few pieces like this lately Ive found I've had to let go of the crutch of colour and paint (which it really can become!) and rely on the concept, the learned skill of a steady hand and deliberate mark making. I've had to allow my idea to be stripped bare of it's multi-hued clothing and stand on it's own.

Creating art tends to draw my focus inward and I inevitably begin asking what other crutches I'm using in life, what other ways am I "dressing things up" so that I don't have to look at the stark truth.

Am I being honest enough? Am I being open enough?

It's in the the places we feel most vulnerable that we have the opportunity for the most growth so I welcome the questions. And, just like getting down to work on a drawing, I can get down to work on being more loving, supportive and giving to those around me, but even more importantly, to myself.

That's right! All the good qualities you want to share with other people, just heap them onto yourself. Give yourself patience, time, love, motivation and ALL that awesome good stuff.

If you're selfish with yourself, how can you be generous with others? Well, let's be honest- it all starts with you. Be healthy, happy, joyful and super cool. Then spread it around like Nutella.

Can you dig it?



Aaron Paquette said...

Just FYI, Nutella is actually not very good for you. But it sure tastes great. Oh great, now I'm thinking about buying Nutella. Let the Epic Battle of Willpower commence.

andrea said...

Wow -- this rocks, Aaron. More drawings please!!

Leigh Makarewicz said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love it.

Aaron Paquette said...

Thanks! I'll try to get a few more drawings out per year.


angella said...

i find that there is something almost sensual (and e-ssential) about working with just line,tones, maybe just ink on paper. it's one of my favorite media, and one of my most private loves when it comes to my work. intimates. keep sharing, my friend :)

Fetriska Soraya said...

Nice picture