Monday, April 3, 2017

"The Secret of Drawing" Episode 3: "All In The Mind" 2005


For this week's viewing pleasure, episode three of "The Secret of Drawing: All in the Mind".  This one took a minute for me to get into. The first 20 minutes are a bit "artsy fartsy" for me. That term is great for when you need to describe someone or something that likes to talk about art but knows nothing about it. They throw around a lot of vocabulary to make it sound like they know what they're talking about but it's all just mostly BS.  However, if you can keep an open mind and get beyond all of that it really gets interesting.  In fact, if you're not up for watching the whole show I urge you to skip to the 20 minute mark (or close to it) and watch.  The experiment about how we look at things was eye opening, no pun intended.
The back and forth about how children draw, cave paintings and how trained artists work really raised a lot of questions for me. Just when I thought I had an answer another question would come up.
This quote, about drawing, was particularly interesting to me. "Valued as the medium that reflected man's highest faculty, his sacred, God given ability to reason. It was a visual translation of our rational minds. The ordering of consciousness".  This, is this the road block in so many  people's minds that keep them from trying to draw, or paint?  If you can't draw a tree or a person's face and have it come out looking realistic does this somehow create a fear of being perceived as irrational? I could go on and on about this one.
The one thing I found funny were the cave paintings. One man eluded to the idea that some of the cave paintings may have been done by a person who was what we refer to today as autistic. We have no way of knowing, it's just a theory.  My theory on this is that back in the days of hunting and gathering there surely had to be at least person who wasn't good at their job. What if that one hunter was so bad at their job that when everyone else went to hunt they hid in a cave and painted their prey instead? Can you think of an easier way to capture a deer? Surely there's a Disney movie out there about this, if not...

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  1. I agree, the most interesting bit was that eye tracking project. Would love to take that. My favorite quote was the guy who thought artists attempting to draw from the sub conscious were really just drawing what they thought it should look like.
    I'm still dumbfounded that people think a drawing that accurately portrays something is a product of the faculty of reason...it's a triumph OVER it in most cases and a victory of the eye. All abilities are God given and there's little or no evidence He ranks them. Who decided reason was the highest and most sacred?

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    1. "Who decided reason was the highest most sacred?" Great question. Who gets to decide any of that stuff? After our conversation the other day I'm questioning the existence of a subconscious.

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  2. SPOT ON JOHN! Can't agree more!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Jessica for posting these youtube bits. I finally have a computer that I can sit and watch from. Even better.....can work beside and run the film. YAY!!!!!!! KEEP THESE COMING!!!!!! Thanks again!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it and glad you're up and running with a new computer. Sadly it seems as though we have to have one these days.

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