Falling for my Watchband

“I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.”

~Fredrick Franck

Watch

This quote sums up the thing I love most about drawing. I enjoy the sensation of truly seeing beyond a mental label I have for something.

I’m in the habit of looking at my watch all the time. But I rarely know what time it is. I look and register if I’m late or not, but the actual time doesn’t always sink in.

I drew my watch for Everyday Matters Challenge Eight and really began to see the details. I realized that I was beginning to feel an absurd affection for the watchband. The warp and crease made by the buckle completely captured my attention. I was dazzled by it. I was disappointed when I realized that I was finished. I put my watch back on and felt a new connection to it.

15 thoughts on “Falling for my Watchband

  1. You have a great talent of seeing things differently, oh NO not fifferently, actually seeing things the way they are….didn’t know that a watch is fun to draw, I’ll try sometimes and we can compare watches 🙂

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  2. That’s so true about the act of drawing. I find it especially thrilling and humbling, at the same time, when drawing people, either people who are sitting for me, or total strangers who don’t know I’m drawing them. Your drawings are lovely.

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  3. Thank you all for your comments.

    Shelly: thank you, thank you

    Doudy: I would love to do an exchange with you sometime. thanks!

    Laura: I feel the same way about drawing people. I haven’t put a lot of portraits up, but I really love drawing portraits. I know that thrilling and humbling feeling well.

    Ann: I’m glad you like the posts as well as drawings. I’m a little self-conscious about my writing abilities. BTW, I love your ACEO card.

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  4. Sometimes we draw what we think we see, but it takes time to really see. I enjoyed your post and understand the absurd affection for the seemingly mundane objects in our lives 🙂 I like how you captured the crinkles in the wristband.

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  5. you obviously have a great affection for your watch Mellanie 🙂
    lovely drawing …you have succeeded in making an everyday object into a work of art 🙂
    ps I notice you have the 101 badge in your side bar..thanks very much ..
    I have just made a smaller version…that would fit into your side bar… much better …the code is at my blog
    have a sunny day …. regards Kim

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  6. Thanks all for your comments:

    dailyartmasomenos: Have you read “The Zen of Seeing” by Frederick Franck? I think you would enjoy it.

    jafabrit: I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. You’re blog’s great. You remind me that art should be fun.

    artsyphartsy: Thanks for your comments. I would love to see your drawings.

    laketrees: Glad you like the watch. I’ll just go grab that badge now. Thanks!

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  7. Hi,

    By starting to look at some of your older works and then advancing to your most recent ones, namely the watch, one can see a more “at ease”.
    Your latest works, besides being better show confidence.
    Congratulations ! Working hard does pay 🙂

    Kind regards,

    José

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  8. i love the watch. you are very inspiring….so talented. i’m motivated by your draw something new everyday idea….
    need to do that.
    good advice.
    i am very impressed by your shadowing. i also love the self-portrait lips you did. i look forward to seeing more!

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