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In a drawing course, the instructor gave the homework assignment of drawing a white egg on a white background. At critique time we all pinned our works to the wall and were asked to discuss the difficulties we experienced. After a few were called on, I raised my hand... I couldn't work out how to make one egg interesting and had drawn 3 eggs to make a better composition... She said "I did say ONE Egg, class... Maria's is the one with THREE." and rolled her eyes. (EMMbarrassing) I explained my difficulty with getting sufficient contrast from vine charcoal.. and we moved on to the next problem. everyone had the same miserable results. That night, I placed a single egg on a white paper and set up the lighting to get an elongated shadow to make it interesting.. and titled it "One Egg Only" and turned it in the next day. Problem solved.. I liked my solution.
Having time to think of this solution, this image addresses, I think, the idea of Zen in art, as stated by Masunaga Reiho, could be defined as: " Simplicity, Profundity, Creativity, and Vitality... These happen to be characteristics of Zen itself as well as Zen art."
1st place tie - From your sketchbook 4/28/18
2nd Place Spring Eggs Contest 3/30/16
2nd place = Lou Xiang Contest
Special THANKS to the following Fine Art America Groups for featuring this drawing:
Abc Group 02/14/2019
Five Star Artist 05/27/2017
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eggs, still life, egg, minimalism, black and white, kitchen art, kitchen d�r, maria hunt, drawing, charcoal drawings
January 8th, 2015
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