Drawing and photography are central to my practice. Both make pressing - if sometimes fictitious - claims to the capture of lost moments.


Ingredients for lunch

Pencil, water soluble pencil crayon and watercolour in Windsor and Newton sketchbook.

This paper is not meant to buckle with watercolour!


Ea Ejersbo said...

Mmmh, looks yummy! You're almost set to make a nice creamy mushroom and asparagus risotto here :)

I've been wanting to draw my food for quite a while, but never get around to - when I'm, done cooking all I want to do is eat! Maybe I should have a go at sketching the ingredients before I cook my dinner.

Ruth Rosengarten said...

:) Indeed! I didn't try your recipe though, but inspired, I just improvised with my old asparagus risotto.

I'm not one to sketch the ready meal - impossible, too, if one is being nice and sociable to others, so all I can capture are the ingredients... or the plate scraped clean! But photographs one takes can sometimes be a good source (if not the same as drawing from life) - or do you consider that 'cheating'? :)

Ea Ejersbo said...

Oh no, I definitely don't consider drawing from photos cheating, I just absolutely prefer observational drawing - it is demands another kind of concentration that is almost like meditation, and I, well, pretty much crave that kind of mental break :)

Ruth Rosengarten said...

You're right about it being like meditation, because one is immersed in something external to oneself. Sitting in my garden and impossibly trying to capture all the lovely plants is what I've been doing these past mornings. If you're at all interested, check my post yesterday (17 April) - linked to a text I've just written on drawing and truth... and still much more to say about observation, which I will do later.
I love your drawings Ea. Are you an artist - I mean do you make works that you exhibit and sell?

Ea Ejersbo said...

I don't live off my art - having a family it has been too insecure a way to provide for our daily needs, and with both family and (paying) job I don't have the time to do proper art, just my sketchbooks. The sketchbook drawings are almost all observational, and all about practice rather than product.

Since my children are growing up, I have fond hopes of being able to do some serious art in a couple of years' time though. How about you - do you make finished pieces and exhibit your work?