mostly we talked about drawing supplies. we started with the pastels and rubbed colors on paper and discussed pigment quality, hardness, agility. we moved on to the charcoal pencils- there were skinny willow ones and big fat thick ones, compressed charcoal and kneaded erasers. we looked at paper in a rainbow of colors. we talked glue, we talked tape. we looked at matt board, presentation board, clay board, and ink. ummm. paint and medium.
we made a few choice purchases.
i got a really big sketch pad- a really big one. dara gave me a gift of some charcoals and a kneaded eraser. (thanks dara). we went out for pizza and talked about the history of the civil rights movement in milwaukee and the nohl show at inova. dara liked the photographs.
when i got home with amaru i broke out my new sketch pad and asked amaru if he wanted to draw. he drew in his notebook. finally he could not resist the sketch pad any longer and he took up the willow stick and we drew on the big paper together. it was so fun. i like the way he draws better than how i draw. his lines and directions are so fresh. so unexpected. i love that. my lines and shapes are so cliche. predictable. but then i wonder if they are really just predictable to me, because i am me and i just know myself. i doubt it. but okay, so i'll work on it. and i will learn from amaru. he's a genius.