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Daily Drawing #68. Spring Day

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Pen and ink wash with white gouache and Caran d’Ache on watercolor paper. 6 1/2″ x 10 1/4″

Daily Drawing #68 Spring Day
Is it a drawing or a painting?   I started with line using a nib pen and india ink.  No question that is a drawing. Then I came into it with ink washes but still black and white.  Caran d’Ache are crayons that melt with water, so I drew with them and then smeared the color with a moist brush. Am I still drawing? Lastly I enlarged the blooming tree with white gouache, painting it on with a brush, let it dry and drew over the white with the crayon.

Here’s one definition of a drawing: In a narrow definition of the term, a drawing is an artwork created from lines or areas of tone created with a dry medium on a piece of paper. For example, graphite pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, or silverpoint. In a broader definition of the term, a drawing is a two-dimensional artwork created from lines or tone that is dominated by a dry medium but can include wet mediums such as ink, and washes of paint.

Does it matter? To me not a whit, but it’s as fun to play with words as it is to draw and paint.

Where do you draw the line?

2 Responses to “Daily Drawing #68. Spring Day”

  1. Paul Bennett
    March 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm


    I recently did a painting lesson in my drawing class, explaining to the students that I didn’t know where a drawing left off and a painting began. They worked with white chalk first on black paper, then went over those lines with white paint, then could add whatever paint colors they wanted. One student- who always does masterful line drawings- did just an abstraction of colors without form, saying that she felt like she was putting make-up blush on the paper. By the way, I used your Cezanne info the other night in talking about time and space. That as we see objects with a different sense of scale compared to a camera, so we see events in our lives in a non-linear time manner. This conversation came about in regards to the theme of “time” that was the topic of our last Unitarian group gathering here in Sisters.

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