PEN & INK DRAWINGS BY BELA RAVIKUMAR
To be able to devote oneself completely to ones chosen art form is a privilege.
I have been doing Art for more than 35 years. Starting as a printmaker and moving to watercolors and many other forms in between. It has been a challenge to sustain and keep working with demands of the daily life but the creative spirit would not sit quiet.
So I started doing Pen and Ink drawings a few years back as the only way to continue doing some form of art amidst the busy schedule of my day. A set of few pens and a drawing book was all that I needed. I carried it every where and drew whenever I had some time, at lunch break, while waiting for an appointment or on an outing.
Soon a friend joined in and we began on an artistic journey together. We planned and eagerly waited for the drawing day out doors. This became a Friday routine, rain or shine and we ventured to all possible sites in and around Santa Cruz county, ocean, lakes, river, sloughs, cliffs and bluffs, parks and forests, meadows and gardens.
We tried to capture the sense of a place, focusing on detail and opening to vistas. It was a wonderful harmony being in nature and working together in silence, occasionally consulting each other to review or seek some guidance.
A simple and basic skill of drawing became a tool to understand scale, treatment of diff objects, light and shadow, depth and layers, detail and simplify……..all with just lines.
The landscapes that you see here were created during this period of intense enthusiasm to draw and it brought much fulfillment. What an enriching learning process it has been.
I am immensely happy to have the opportunity to be part of this show, ‘In the Creative Spirit’ in the true sense of it.
Hope you enjoy seeing my drawings as much as I enjoyed drawing them.
Visit Bela’s website for more art and information: www.belagallery.com