All the corners of my world

This is what my tutor told me – the instructions are simple:

  • working with charcoal, set up an easel or drawing board so that you are facing the corner of the room you are in. A larger scale paper is good (A2 +), if this is possible. You will draw this one corner for 10 – 15 minutes, then erase your drawing, the whole thing, with your hand or a rag.
Corner 1
  • now, shift your easel so that you are looking at the next corner, moving clockwise or anti-clockwise whatever makes sense to you.
  • When you get to the final corner, spend as much time as you need to bring the space into being.
Corner 2
Corner 3
Corner 4

I almost never work with charcoal (I have to remember to use it more, so simple & strong) – I discovered that the different kinds of charcoal I used here were very different regarding erasability. (Next time choose the more erasable ones).

(… I also discovered I am the occupant of a very messy studio).

Detail, second corner
Detail, fourth corner

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Inspiring! As a poet, I am going to try this with words. It is a bit like Hauge and Cappelen, with my fruit tree poetry in one corner and my wife’s clacking loom in the other.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Wonderful – looking forward to read it!

  2. I just love this. The final palimpsest has such a deep spatial atmosphere, as though there are many more than just three dimensions in it. Unexpected and thrilling. Thanks so much for posting.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you so much! I didn’t know quite what to expect – but found the result to be a lot more interesting than expected.

  3. bluebrightly says:

    A very interesting exercise!

  4. pflanzwas says:

    I would say this is the normal tidyness for a creative person (my place looks similar ;-). The exercise is interesting, I like your results very much, but I think I would go crazy. I have lots of difficulties with so many layers! I always feel like losing my orientation. Maybe I will try it. A real challenge!

    1. Sigrun says:

      try it! I found it to be a surprisingly fun experiment 😅

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