Drawing stones

Drawing stones

Ruskin reckoned that you could learn all you need to know about nature, the world and the infinite by drawing stones. The forces that formed this stone, formed mountains. As I draw it I learn about it. Following its contours with my eyes and a pencil I get to know it. Picking it up as I draw I feel its silent history. Slowly I lose myself in its rocky substance. In the act of perceiving and drawing I realise that the stone is both a substance and a play of light on a retina.

Inside every apparently solid object there is an infinity of space, just as in every mind there is an imaginative infinity.

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