Early this morning I saw an incredibly thick fog outside my window. Simply put, the fog created a visual effect where the landscape appeared to be layered in the same way I’m layering these crayon drawings. I was astounded at the visual similarities between the landscape and my drawings. At the same time, I was amazed by the sense of atmosphere and depth created by the fog.
What is especially interesting is the correlations between this scene and the drawings I’m making: the tonal range of the image in conjunction the varying degrees of articulation in terms of sharp/blurry edges seems especially notable.
I woke up at 6:00am this morning, in an attempt of trying to get myself to switch to an earlier schedule. I start teaching at RISD tomorrow, and with a class which starts at 8:00am I have to make sure that my sleep patterns are going to work around this new schedule. I actually have to say that there’s something really wonderful about waking up really early, it’s one of the few moments in the day that I truly have to myself, when I can think clearly without any other distractions. By the time night rolls around I’m usually so exhausted from whatever I did during the day that I can’t focus on anything except mundane tasks around the house. I know for a fact that I’m someone who absolutely thrives on routine, I find those small rituals throughout the day to be extremely comforting within the chaos of life.
If I’m able to keep up this new routine, I want to see if the early morning might be a time for me to do a little bit of artwork. I pretty much can’t do any artwork at night for all of the reasons I stated above. Someone once told me that a routine takes 30 days to thoroughly establish, I’d like to see if this one works.
View outside my window, one of the first images I see in the morning.