Monday, October 29, 2007

EDM Challenge #140: Draw an Envelope

Here's my drawing of an envelope. I'm not crazy about it, but I finished it and decided to post it anyway. It's made of kraft paper.

I drew it while watching a PBS show on Charles Schultz, the artist who drew "Peanuts". Do you ever draw something and remember what TV program you were watching, or what music you were listening to, or what what was going on in your mind at the time, or how you were feeling? I find the associations amazing!

I'm still working too many hours and going in on the weekends. But, I'm trying to reclaim my inner space and outer life. I'll remember that and Charlie Brown when I look back on this drawing. At least the string is not tied shut and the flap is half open! I take that as a good sign that escape is imminent.

I guess art really is therapy!

Emma Pod

12 comments:

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

OOooh, i love this. Very cute.

Dee said...

Oh yes!! Therapy it is. When I look at my sketches, I remember things going on at the time more so than if I'd just taken pictures. And at the same time, it helps me block out whatever I don't want to remember. Rather cool. And that's a cool envelope, too. Have a grand day!
Dee Overly

joanie said...

V nice! Love the speckles effect you got. Great piece.

Ella said...

I like your drawing and your words very much. Art definitely is therapy. I often clearly remember what was going on while I was drawing. But it also works the other way around: Sometimes the mood of the drawing makes me remember a tune or a movie that fits the mood.

Teri C said...

Well gosh, it turned out just great!! Love that shadow too.

Linda said...

I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes a drawing will bring back a whole flood of memories -- like a key unlocking something. Good luck with the overworking bit -- I know how you feel on that score!

good with color said...

It looks real enough that I want to reach in to shake it and see what comes out.
I watched that show last night on PBS, it was interesting, and sad. I've been trying to decide whether to read the book about him that was recently released (I think).

Emma Pod said...

Thanks everyone! Good to hear your thoughts on art as therapy. The show about Charles Schultz was interesting and also sad, as "good with color" says. I think they said Schultz was originally from Minnesota, from a Norwegian background - so he had some of that good old Scandinavian melancholy and guilt. He really seemed to use art as therapy too and drew his feelings.

juj said...

Great drawing and even better metaphor. Charles would be proud.

Shelly McC said...

Love this! great work!

Sharon said...

I always want to buy this kind of envelope, although I really have no use for them...there's just something that appeals about that string that winds around. Anyway, you've done a wonderful job with it AND with the other challenges shown above.

My kids live in PDX and I visit frequently. Are there PDX sketch crawls? Although drawing in public strikes fear in my heart, it would be fun to meet other EDM members in the state. Maybe in the spring?
Sharon

phthaloblu said...

You did a wonderful job on this envelope. Very nicely done.