Bento's Sketchbook

Bento's Sketchbook is an exploration of the perform of drawing, in addition to a meditation on how we understand and search to discover our ever-changing dating with the area round us.

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As time is going by means of, despite the fact that, the 2 people – Bento and that i – develop into much less specific. in the act of having a look, the act of wondering with our eyes, we develop into a little bit interchangeable. And this occurs, i suppose, due to a shared information approximately the place and to what the perform of drawing can lead. I’m drawing a few irises that are growing to be opposed to the south wall of a home. they're approximately one metre tall, yet, commencing to be in complete bloom, they're slightly bent over by way of the load in their vegetation. 4 to a stalk. The solar is shining. It’s the month of may possibly. all of the snow at altitudes below 1500m has melted. i believe those irises are of a spread known as Copper Lustre. Their colors are darkish crimson-brown, yellow, white, copper: the colors of the tools of a brass band being performed with abandon. Their stalks and calyxes and sepals are a faded viridian. I’m drawing with black ink (Sheaffer) and wash and spit, utilizing my finger instead of a broom. Beside me at the grass, the place I’m sitting, are a couple of sheets of colored chinese language rice paper. I selected them for his or her cereal colors. perhaps later i'm going to tear shapes from them and use them as university. i've got a glue-stick if want be. There’s additionally at the grass a vibrant yellow oil pastel, taken from a pastel equipment made for schoolkids with the trade-name Giotto. The drawn plant life glance as if they’re going to be part life-size. You lose your experience of time whilst drawing. you're so targeting scales of house. I’ve most likely been drawing for roughly 40 mins, might be longer. Irises grew in Babylon. Their identify got here later, from the Greek goddess of the rainbow. The French fleur de lys was once an iris. The blossoms occupy the pinnacle 1/2 the paper, the stems strength their method upwards throughout the backside part. The stems will not be vertical, they lean to the perfect. At a undeniable second, in the event you don’t choose to abandon a drawing on the way to start one other, the taking a look occupied with what you're measuring and summoning up alterations. first and foremost you query the version (the seven irises) so as to detect traces, shapes, tones for you to hint at the paper. The drawing accumulates the solutions. additionally, in fact, it accumulates corrections, after additional wondering of the 1st solutions. Drawing is correcting. I’m starting now to exploit the chinese language papers; they flip the ink-lines into veins. At a definite second – if you’re fortunate – the buildup turns into a picture – that’s to assert it stops being a heap of indicators and turns into a presence. Uncouth, yet a presence. this is often while your taking a look alterations. you begin wondering the presence up to the version. How is it asking to be altered so that it will turn into much less uncouth? You stare on the drawing and many times look on the seven irises to appear, now not at their constitution this time, yet at what's radiating from them, at their power. How do they have interaction with the air round them, with the light, with the heat mirrored off the wall of the home? Drawing now contains subtracting up to including. It contains the paper up to the types drawn on it.

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