A drawing is a drawing is a drawing…


Sky on fire, Tyler, Texas


A drawing is a drawing is a drawing…no matter on what or with what. Can be done with the strict rules of sumi-e like the flower above, on an ipod, or with the non dominant hand , the lower portrait. They all have the same value to me, the same joy of doing . Doing and that’s it!

Un dessin est un dessin est un dessin…peut importe sur quoi ou avec quoi. Il peut être fait suivant les rèlges strictes du sumi-e comme la fleur ci-haut, sur un ipod ou avec la main non-dominante, comme le portrait. Ils ont tous la même valeur pour moi et la même joie de faire. Faire, et c’est tout!


9 thoughts on “A drawing is a drawing is a drawing…

  1. aloha Benedicte – hmmmm… sometimes i see it this way: Art is a verb. Art is an act of doing. the act of creating. that is the important thing in what i do as an artist (just as the important thing a runner does is run). the work itself is simply a point along the way of this doing. my work, is simply a point along the way of what i might call my journey. my journey to become me in my art – my doing.

    in that sense the words drawing and painting – as nouns are a way of categorizing a work. one (drawing) is made with line as the main element or with the traditional or usually-accepted materials associated with drawing. the other (painting) is made using color as the predominant element or again with materials that are traditionally associated with or usually-accepted as painting.

    there are other categories of course. and there are sub-categories that become more and more specific.

    these categories are simply a way of organizing into groups the work that is done through our action(s). one category is not really more important in terms of doing than another even tho our culture/society often places a different monetary value on one over another.

    in our (relatively) new digital world in some ways these traditional category definitions blurr. which i find interesting too. yet it remains that it is the doing that is important. it is the doing that is the verb – the act of art.

    no matter what i’m working with, what material(s) i use, or what the main elements are in my work, it is as you say, the doing of it, that is the key – the important thing about art. it is that doing that is the verb – art. the action of art. to art. arting. which again as you say is the thing that is most important to me as an artist. more so than any one individual work i do. and it is more important to me than which category my work gets assigned to in the end. …because in fact, any one work might qualify for several categories and might be placed in different categories by different individuals. what does not change however is the doing, the creating of the work. creating it, that is art (imo).

    do on. art on. fun on. and that’s it. well. among a few other things. of course. aloha.

    btw – beautiful line, beautiful color, beautiful brush strokings in the three works. i also like each because in the way you’ve worked (the way you’ve arted – created) you keep the essence of the material present in each work. i like and value that. aloha. again.

    • Hi Rick,
      I have been looking for a good word for a visual trace, and in lack of something clear and open I say drawing. But in my mind drawing is for anything trace by a human, can be a drawing, a painting, an etching, a sclupture etc…on any support, paper, clay, sand, wood, stone computer screen. It is the visual world.
      Your way of expressing it with a verb is so good, to art. I like that.
      I art, and it is what I like the most, not so much the result, but the arting.
      Thank you very much for what you said, keeping the essence of the material…if I do, then I am very pleased with the result!
      Happy arting…

      • aloha Benedicte – i’m not sure of the meaning of your word “trace” – i dont recognize it in this context as an english word. so i may be misleading you when i say – Visual Art or Visual Arts – encompasses all the forms of art that you’ve mentioned. the word VISUAL is related to the word – seeing – and has to do with that sense of creating a thing we see. if i remember right dance and theater (altho art forms and forms we can see) would not be considered Visual Arts – i dont think (however i may be wrong on that).

        the other thing i need to clarify is that the word – ART – in english is not a verb when correctly used. it is only a noun. i used it as a verb because in a sense (as i was trying to explain) in a sense to me it does have an action implied and is that act of creating. that is a personal way to see it tho, it is not the way anyone (most people) using english correctly would use it.

        i know english is not your first language so i wanted to point that out – just so you know. using the word ART as a verb for most english speakers would not make sense. it would not be something they understood without the explanation that i’ve tried to give in the context of what we are talking about. in that sense to me it should be a verb – but keep in mind when i say that, i am not technically using the word correctly.

        i tried looking TRACE up and translating it from french to english – however, it stays the same in my translator. the word trace in english relative to art has the meaning: to copy by drawing lines over another work on transparent or translucent paper. so i dont think that is the word you mean in english to represent the forms of art you’ve given as a sample. however in english – Visual Art or Visual Arts – would represent those forms of art.

        i hope i havnt confused you. because you did understand very well what i was saying about – art – being a verb or like a verb. yeah, i like that way of seeing it and thinking about it too. i like thinking of – art – in that way – but that is a personal way of using it.

        yeah – i like the way you used art too – Happy Arting. so happy arting to you as well. aloha

  2. Each one has different qualities — the many facets of Ben. I love that Pont Sharpie, too, which I see in little postage stamp view here and saw larger on your flicker page.

    You draw in so many ways — you are incredibly versatile.

  3. I love all three – the portrait is amazing, in how you have captured the look in his eyes from the photo; the colours in the second painting are just wonderful; and the flower is so delicate and has that Japanese feel about it. I also love Rick’s extended comment 😉

  4. Hi Rick,
    thank you very much to take the time for all these clarifications.

    I took my french dictionary to check on the meanings of “trace” in French. There are several, I used it with in mind the first one, a visible sign of the passage of an animal or a human etc..like leaving a mark . To trace, for drawing, in french has 2 meanings, to trace over with a transparent paper for example but also to make a line, we say ” tracer une ligne” I think in English you would say to draw a line.
    So to go on with my idea of visual art a drawing, painting, sculpting ( not dancing) is a visible mark left by the artist, “une trace du passage de cet artiste”. Singing and dancing are not leaving a visible mark (not including photos and films…) but they are also art.
    I understood that to use art as a verb would not be understood by every one , so dont worry I wont say “but Rick told me to art…”
    Finally, a drawing (picture) is worth a thousand words, as it is said, and I agree totally.
    Aloha and let’s go art.

    • bwahahahaha – aloha Benedicte. oh. you are way very welcome. thank you …because… it is me that must thank you – for putting up with me. you understood very well what i was saying initially – thank you for making that clear to me.

      whew. i’m glad you wont say, “but rick said”. bwahahahahahahahahaha.

      yes – trace has that meaning in english as well – to leave a mark. we might not use it in quite the same way as you have to refer to art tho. however – i like it in that sense a lot. yes. we leave a mark. a painting. a drawing. a print. etc. i like that way of using it – the marks we (artists) leave. that is exactly what we do. beautiful marks. our trace bits. the bit of us we leave on this planet – in our visual work. that is what it is about in many ways, yes? what we leave for others. some how… that is important to me. so i keep trying.

      yeah. in english we would not use that word – trace – in the 2nd sense “to make a line” (unless it was with the transparent paper overlay). yeah, we (in english) would say, “draw a line” or “make a line” but it would not have the same meaning as “trace a line”. to trace a line would require the transparent paper overlay.

      thanks for talking about this. i find it very interesting because it clues me in to the way thinking works as reflected by language. language is very reflective of how a society/culture thinks. and that is fascinating – because the way societies and cultures think can be so very different. cool.

      yes. image. i think an image encompasses so much – in one image – that a thousand words would not be enough to equate with it. …therefore… a picture is worth a thousand words.

      bwahahaha. yes. let’s art. and let’s leave our trace. i like that concept relative to art a lot. aloha

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