Lowell Liebermann flute trio no. 1, moderato

Liebermann’s floating music perfectly captures the sense of walking up the steep path, sheltering from the hot sun to look north west across the valley at the opposing crags, then cresting the ridge to look the other way, south east, where the eroded mountains fall away to the plains, as the afternoon faded into rain.

These were drawn in graphite, pen and water and then coloured with conte crayon.

14 responses to “Lowell Liebermann flute trio no. 1, moderato

  1. Thanks
    The first was a conscious reference to Oliver Loveley’s teaching. The focus was on using various marks to build a landscape. The second was done more rapidly on pen and water and depended more on the crayon. But these are sketches not art as I see it, information gathering and exercises, not pieces in their own right.

    • Thanks for your comment – as always really appreciated.
      Why are these not art?
      It’s almost by definition – they are not art because I don’t consider them art. It has no wider meaning I think. For me, these were purposeful exercises in drawing in a context in which I felt I was losing touch with this. Interestingly, if these for you are art, they are art, irrespective of my opinion (though I would of course be flattered).
      Do you agree with this or am I talking through my …?

      • Yes, it’s the intention of the artist that defines whether a work is art or not but when the work is let loose in the world, it takes on a life of its own and then the viewer determines whether or not it’s art and I most definitely consider these drawings to be art. They seem imbued with feeling and life, they feel like far more than technical exercises 😀

      • Interesting thought. I suppose I take a somewhat similar approach when I confuse people in our sketch group by saying that my sketches aren’t my art. My art is the other stuff I do which, fingers crossed, gets exhibited. I certainly don’t want to belittle the sketching as I absolutely enjoy doing it. But it is most definitely a question of intent.

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