Running Deer

Gesture drawing of a running deer by Jacqueline Perry, charcoal on newsprint, 2013

Gesture drawing of a running deer by Jacqueline Perry, charcoal on newsprint, 2013

I didn’t intend to take the winter off, but I’m happy to be back blogging on nature and faith, and how art seems to bridge these for me.

The Pastors on Parade event scheduled for January was cancelled due to an ice storm.  Last Sunday afternoon, local clergy gathered to entertain the community and raise money for Churches United of the Quad City Area. The church was full and we all had a good time.

We missed our friend and former CU Director, Ron Quay, but went on with the show. Thanks Jane for inviting me to draw on stage – a first for me and a stretch. I drew this four-minute drawing to Bobby McFerrin’s “Common Threads” from Medicine Music.

I just don’t pull an image like this out of my head. In January, I practiced drawing the running deer from a photograph about seven times to music. Last week, on the day of the event , I pulled out my January practice drawings and remembered the form and the feeling of drawing quickly. I didn’t sense a need to actually  practice drawing one more time.

I like the physical character of drawing briskly–it feels good to draw fast. Once I’ve worked out the plan and design of a drawing (the head), then my body and spirit are able to fly.

About tobeamazed

My name is Jacqueline Perry. I am an artist and a pastor serving a congregation in the Midwest. In addition to my usual duties I lead art workshops as a way to explore lives of faith. Before I was ordained, I received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University. I have been an art teacher and exhibited work over the years. Living on the Great Plains has awakened my love for nature. I am amazed by nature, art and people.
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6 Responses to Running Deer

  1. Jean Walline says:

    Certainly is realistic–you did very good Jackie!

  2. JEFF PETERSON says:

    I find that some of my best ideas come form not over thinking but being under the gun to make a decision. it seems that all of the mental preparation through a lot of reading fall into place often rather effortlessly. it must be the same for some creation under time pressure.

  3. jane tims says:

    Hi. Lots of movement! Jane

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