and running through April 18, The Gallery of The Linden Tree Fine
Art Studio will feature a very unique and inspiring exhibit by CPSA
DC 101 member, Mary Anne Kamph. Mary Anne, a student of Amy
Lindenberger's since 1988, was inspired to create this particular
group of drawings after reading the book, Everyday Sacred: A
Woman's Journey Home, by Sue Bender, and coming across a
reference to something called "The 100 Drawings Project". What
follows are excerpts from Mary Anne's statement about this project:
kept nagging at my mind as something I should do. I thought it
would help me to grow as an artist and since I was somewhat
frustrated by my slow speed in doing colored pencil drawings and
with my rather strict adherence to photorealism, I decided to go
ahead and try the project.
Drawings Project' was a graduate art class taught by a friend of
the author who did the project along with her students. The
students had to take an object and draw it 100 times. The
object needed to be portable, familiar, simple and neutral in
content. It could not have religious, sentimental or heirloom
I chose a
simple white vase with handles that had originally held wooden
took two years. I started on October 29, 1998 and finished on
November 2, 2000. I did all of the drawings/pictures in class.
Some classes I was able to do more than one drawing, especially
in the early pictures that were done in graphite. Only one
picture went home and insisted on being finished. Some days I
arrived at class knowing what I would draw and other days I had
no idea and searched through the art studio for ideas to make
still lifes or on a few occasions accepted ideas from others.
My creativity seemed to be influenced by my mood and physical
well being. When I had done about 80 drawings, ideas seemed to
flood my mind on a constant basis. . .
My goals were
met. I drew 100 vases and worked faster. My ability to draw
freehand improved and I expanded my creativity to some degree.
I thought I would be ready to smash the vase by the end of the
project, but instead the vase still held possibilities for more
pictures. . .
The ability to
take an ordinary object and see it in many different ways has
transferred over into my everyday life. I look at things
differently -- from more angles and sides -- before I make
decisions or conclusions and I am more willing to take risks. I
also think, with regards to planning an art project, that making
many sketches or just mentally brainstorming is a valuable way
to create a picture unique unto the artist. .."
From the group of
100 drawings, slightly more than half have been selected for this
exhibition. As Mary Anne has pointed out, the vast majority of them
would not be considered "completed" works of art; they are exercises
and experiments done by the artist as she attempted to view the vase
in different ways. Come and view the drawings and see what effect
they might have on YOUR creativity!