Dear Cleo 17 07 10

Dearest Cleo

I hope your first day at school this week went well, It can’t be far off your Summer Holidays, I don’t know when your term ends so let me know when you get a chance so we can make some arrangements  for the holidays.

I am still carrying on with the blind drawings and funnily enough still being interested by it. Today I have abandoned the realistic, I’d like teach the blind to draw (Abba) and gone for the more expressionist feel for the task.

Figure 1 (17 07 10 01) Blind drawing 3 Sharpie on A3 pastel paper

I think they all look like glasses and that they have a distinct lively feel to them, almost like they should have a a bit part and a singing line in a Disney movie, having said that they are very anthropomorphic, almost  as if the skull life resemblance is a warning from the original Renaisance Venetian designer of the glass.

Even blindfold, I am bound by memory and what a glass should look like if you were looking at it in real life. I tried again this time with a different tool.

Figure 2 (17 07 10 02) Blind drawing 4 Black chalk on A3 pastel paper

Still the memory lingers in the blinded eyes.

Figure 3 (17 07 10 03) Blind drawing 5 ink on A3 pastel paper

I picked out the best outline on the top one when I had a look at it.

Forgetting the memorised perspective and using the spare hand to gauge measurements produced this, I tried to draw just the shapes I was feeling.

Figure 4 (17 07 10 04) Blind drawing 6 Sharpie on A3 pastel paper

In the end I was becoming confused between remembered and felt so I removed all the blindfolds and glasses from the room and then drew this from my mind’s eye, does my mind’s eye see in a past tense or does it remember.

Figure 5 (17 07 10 05) Blind drawing 7 Black chalk on A3 pastel paper

In the reading I did from Kennedy it would appear that the later blind do indeed have a mind’s eye. Degas could draw well from memory and as he became blinder he concentrated more on his tactile sculptures which are a joy to behold.

Looking forward to seeing you at the weekend

All my love as always

Mickos x