8/9/09

STORYTELLING

A couple of years ago, someone reported that when the judges gathered to select the final paintings for the annual American Watercolor Society Show, they determined not to include narrative work in the show. (Narrative work would be a painting that tells a story?) When the results were in, a painting that was totally narrative won the competition... just shows that it's hard to turn away from a really good story.

Joe Boyd is a master storyteller. He can paint pictures in your mind by weaving words together with both humor and impact. For the next three weeks, Joe will be weaving together a story he wrote and is now producing as a movie --- check it out here or here. He undoubtedly ranks up there with my dad as one of my favorite storytellers, and our four grand kids even got the chance a couple of weeks ago to hear a couple of his stories.

This 'sketch' of Joe, done while he was spinning another story or two last Sunday, is what I like to do when I listen. Maybe it's that I listen better if I'm drawing or doodling, so I'm seldom without a pencil, or in this case, a felt tip pen.

Artists' sketchbooks ALWAYS impress me, partially because of the diligence and discipline that the artists have who make them. My sketch books are many - and none are ever worth showing to anyone. They have notes, scribbles, thoughts that make almost no sense, drawings that are half done, blind contour drawings that are funny, phone numbers, websites, lists, as well as many sketches of eyeballs, lips, chairs, ears, feet, shoes, noses, and hands, etc. But not one of my sketch books looks like the beautiful works of art that I see others do.

When I was sketching Joe last Sunday, I realized my sketchbook is whatever I have in front of me to draw on. I'll never have a pristine, exquisite sketchbook, not ever. I toss most of my drawings because they were done for a moment, for a reason that's long past. But I liked this one of Joe. It reminds me of his stories and the impact they've had on my life.

The moment is what it's about when I'm sketching, the moment of being lost in that line, that shape, that texture, that detail. Just in case I feel like drawing, there'll be a small sketch book and pencil packed with me when Honey drives me to the hospital tomorrow morning for knee surgery. Maybe sitting in a hospital bed for a couple of days doped up on a lot of pain medication will result in some great drawings!

I'm thinking that everything will go well in surgery and hoping everything goes super for Joe and his cast of actors. By the way, I think he plays an Amish gambler in the movie. Go figure???

7 comments:

Sheila said...

Best wishes on your surgery, Sandy and speedy recovery. I hope all the OR personell have relaxing and cheery Sundays, sleep well and have the greatest of ease in traffic to work and are therefore stress free and able to fully draw on their reservoir of training and healing gifts for your procedure.

And perhaps - a touch of magic will find it's way from withing your sould to your pencil as you sketch/draw during your recovery. :)

Joe said...

very humbling...thank you. And I'm stealing that sketch for my facebook profile :)

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks Shelia. All will go great and many new skethces will be made. Joe, have a great 3 weeks!!! Glad you liked the sketch. I LOVED the lesson.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Interesting post and when time permits will follow up your story teller. Thanks for the wonderful insight into your sketching for the moment.
Good luck with the op - it was a God send to me about 20 years ago when (through too much badminton and tennis) I had a cartilage knee op. Today it still works its magic of no pain or lack of mobility. Hope yours is as successful.

Ann Buckner said...

Love the sketch of Joe and the story you wove about him as well as what transpires while you sketch and listen.

Positive thoughts for your knee surgery!

Vicki Greene said...

Sandy you will be in my prayers for a quick and speedy recovery. Take care......

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