Monday, 27 May 2013

Favourite books

Another favourite book, Expressive Drawing by Steven Aimone,  to post about today .... together with his interesting website. I especially like his photographs and the link given leads to this part of his website.

His book approaches drawing in a purely instinctive and intuitive way and he often suggests working very large which I find freeing and liberating.

The basic idea put forward in the book is that you begin with an abstract mark and then add another where you instinctively feel it should go and then another and so on and on until you feel you want to stop and the piece is complete and satisfying.

I have done several of the exercises shown in this book and found them to be very interesting. If nothing else, completing them has had me thinking hard about balance and line and quality of mark in my work.

In line with much that I seem to be doing at the moment, many of the exercises are to be completed in black (paint, pencil or charcoal) on white paper. I have some leisure time coming up and plan to try a few more.


  1. also a favourite of mine, this book really helped free me up.

    1. Hi Monica - sorry, only just found your comment which was sitting in comment moderation for some reason ... Don't know why as I don't ever use it!
      Thanks for visiting. I dip in and out of this book when the spirit moves me or when I come to a stand-still with work. Finding your comment has prompted me to return.


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