So, we wondered, how do you “see” the love of your life — and they you?
By Ashley Wahl • Photographs by Mark Steelman
nspired by a social media video where couples were asked to sketch their significant others by memory — a task easier said than done and best when approached with a sense of humor — we reached out to our friends at the Cameron Art Museum in attempt to recreate a similar exercise at The Museum School as our humble tribute to the Feast of Saint Valentine. Our hope was to round up a handful of local artists whose dearly beloveds aren’t necessarily gifted in the realm of drawing, but that each would take a turn sketching his or her sweetheart for the sheer purpose of sharing a laugh together. Executive Director Anne Brennan suggested we level the playing field. Rather than sketching from memory, she proposed, what if we asked our couples to try blind contour drawing, a humbling and intimate exercise during which the artist must use one continuous line to capture exterior and interior contours of the model without looking at the paper. “The exercise is very slow and deliberate,” says
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CAM Museum School Director Donna Moore, who led our four couples through this “Art of Romance” experiment on a recent winter evening. “Through the path of a wandering line, some likeness almost always shows up and surprises by capturing expression in a fluid traveling manner.” As you’ll see, our four plucky couples were game. But what was most surprising was how this simple exercise became a beautiful celebration of their love affairs. It’s been said that love is blind. See for yourself. The Museum School at CAM is located at 3201 South Seventeenth Street, Wilmington. Registration for Winter Session II is open; classes start on February 22, including Drawing Fundamentals with Todd Carignan. Download the 2015 catalog at cameronartmuseum.org/museumschool. The Art & Soul of Wilmington