I grope around in the dark and feel the contours of the desk , the chair and slowly run my fingers over the curves and the grooves on the arms on the chair . How come I had never noticed this before ?. This beautiful carving on the furniture.
The texture of the wood is firm and warm . My finger dips into each groove and rises with every tiny bump . I forget the darkness and am lost in this new discovery . The feel ,the contours , I feel like an explorer.
My eyes get used to the darkness and in the faint glow diffusing through the window I can make out the silhouette of the chair. The shapes of the furniture become visible and I can identify the different pieces in the room,even though only parts of them are in the light .
Now I understand what is meant by contour and line drawing in art . My finger could have been a pencil and it’s journey over the carving would have made a line drawing . Putting the silouettes on paper would have been a contour drawing .
Light no matter how minimal is still needed to see the shapes and identify an object. This is a lesson in Light and dark.
My first project is to copy a basic Charles Bargue drawing . It illustrates the importance of line and the contrast of light and dark.
So much to learn –it is getting interesting.