Automatic Drawing – Week 2

Washington’s Ghost

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My wife had just returned from a month visiting family in Mexico so doing this project was a great way to do something together. I started off by cutting down a large poster board to a more manageable size and taping it to a large shipping box. Next I gathered up some writing implements.

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Here is my (headless) assistant as we get ready summon the Ouija art gods. What followed was several minutes of “Stop moving it!”…”I am not moving it. You are!”

 

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This is the result of the first color run.

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We decided to layer another color on top of the black. Here I am holding the completed “Automatic Drawing.”

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Here is the completed work after adding some embellishments.

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I am not sure which came first the Ouija board or this assignment. You do get a similar feeling that you get from a Ouija board as the pen is gliding across the paper. Neither person will admit to moving the pen but there is flows. Much like a Ouija board you are left to interpret the resulting mess. It is a lot like imagining shapes in the clouds or seeing Elvis’s face on a slightly misshaped cinnamon bun. My drawing started as an abstract blob of scribbles but I was able to imagine it into an emotional alien version of George Washington. What does this mean? Probably nothing but it came from my hand so I am going to continue to look for the meaning

If I could do this project over again I would have used more colors and more suitable drawing paper. High gloss poster board is not extremely conducive to coloring. Also I would be more careful to keep the pen pressed to the paper.

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