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Margaret Davidson has a BFA from the University of Michigan and a MFA from the University of Washington. She is represented by Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, Washington. Davidson currently teaches courses in Beginning Drawing, Drawing from Modern Masters, the Aesthetics of Drawing, and various drawing technique classes at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington.
Drawings are, in truth, flat things. Whether they are on paper or cloth or walls or floors, they are actually flat. Furthermore, even when the surface is a three-dimensional thing, a drawn image that is wrapped around it is made emphatically flat, by sheer contrast. Some contemporary drawing artists explore this flatness. To do so requires attention to the mark on the surface, and a constant awareness of the mark's relationship to the space implicit on the page. This is no easy thing, but the results, when this is carried out well, can be both austere and luminous. To focus on the mark and its realtionship to the surface and the space is something akin to meditation and focusing on one's own breathing. Both are so fundamental, so easily taken for granted, that it is difficult to sustain any amount of thoguht just for them. However, in drawing, when this is achieved, once the eye and hand have been successfully focused, the mind is free to open to a new sense of space and time.
Well done. Thoughtful. Excellent selection of work and artists. Really good reproductions. Glad to have it in my library.Published 2 months ago by R. S. Lloyd
She shows too many of her own drawings while her drawings are totally not inspiring.
Why buttons? Ridiculous. It is not conveying any message. Read more
This is probably a great book if you have never read a contemporary drawing book. I did not find it very original. It is a nice looking book though.Published 22 months ago by Ellis Dee
Ok for beginners. It has good ilustrations. I was expecting to have more detalis on composition and other topics that would give me an overall view of contemporary drawing.Published on December 25, 2012 by ara
There is much to admire in this book ... BUT why do we have to put up with so much artwork from the author? Other excellent examples are available. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by stuartart