Kirtland AFB- Drawings- Part 2

APRIL 26, 2010

It’s always remarkably humbling, on assignments like this, to go through your sketchbooks and realize how many pages are false starts; incomplete gestures that might have eventually been an evocative image had the action been able to magically freeze in time to catch the details. Too many times I found myself falling short of Delacroix’s alleged definition of accomplished drawing- something about having the image captured before the body falling out the window hits the ground- but as I had mentioned in part 1, it didn’t seem to rattle me as much as my inner wiring would have normally driven me.  What became apparent as I was scanning this selection of drawings was how much had indeed been put to paper.  So maybe all that meditation is doing something, allowing for more opportunities to get into the zone without expectations or judgment. 

Now the next step is working up finished images over the next few months in time for the presentation in September.

Frankly, most of the drawings looked like this or less.
Instructors keeping tabs on the progress of the trainees on their hump through the New Mexican desert in a search and rescue exercise.
I had sort of latched onto this poor trainee following him up and down the hill as he set up his positions. Even though he showed limited interest in what I was doing, it seems impossible to think that at times I was anything but annoying to his concentration.
ER room.
Rescue and ER exercise over. Volunteers getting dressed. One was sucking on a lollipop having been the subject for IV administration.
Drawing in the ER training space. Fellow artist, Bryan Snuffer, wearing the yellow and black wool cap. It got real cold at night. Photo by Frank Ordaz.