I have been doing these drawings this week where I can just zone out and listen to a podcast and… draw lots of leaves. The same thing as when I would draw debris photos or Mega-j with lots of hatching. I was looking at plants on a sunny day and vivid repeated patterns were almost hallucinatory for me, and I thought I would try to capture that in a drawing.
On Monday while I was drawing I was listening to this Nerdist talk with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer about Cloud Atlas. And then on Tuesday I was listening to this Peter Greenaway talk about the re-inventing cinema. In both there was interesting discussion of how the conventions of film have become so incredibly limited.
Here are my forest drawings.
A while ago I was looking at the symbolic meanings of colours in my Dictionary of Symbols, and I liked something in the meanings of blue and thought I should draw a blue person. At some point that became I should draw a blue elf.
When I finished the first drawing, I thought the elf and astronaut looked too big. I asked Manien what blue elf would be in Afrikaans and she said “die blou kabouter”.
And here is a song from the 80s that popped into my head out of nowhere. It was only now as I sang it in my head that I realized what the title meant. Have no money.