Artist finds joy in the middle of the page
Wilsonville resident Woody Wrymann thinks about art as a fight for freedom.
While he feels bound by the limits of convention, he also defies it whenever possible. And while he knows fellow artists who are shackled by their fear of failure, he'll finish a sketch a few minutes after feeling a wave of inspiration.
Through his exhibit at the Wilsonville Public Library that runs through June, Wrymann translates his ideas about freedom onto the page.
"It's expressing that we need to get out of that (conventional) thinking and the results can be endless," he said.
Though he has always been "artsy" and typically plays the guitar for six hours a day, Wrymann didn't become an artist until around the time his wife died about 10 years ago. He said Oregon Public Broadcasting programs inspired him to take up the hobby.
And while many artists prefer to work in solitude, you might find Wrymann sitting in the Fred Meyer Starbucks in Wilsonville sketching out his newest piece amid the music and chatter. Often, people will come up and ask him about his art.
"I'm an extrovert," Wrymann said. "And it's kind of nice to show off."
The Wilsonville Library exhibit, titled "Freedom," features 12 sketches produced with graphite that depict various natural landscapes. Wrymann created some of them in under 10 minutes.
In turn, he wants people to realize when they see the exhibit that you "don't have to be van Gogh" to be an artist.
"A lot of them were done in like five minutes after the canvases were prepped. It
doesn't take that long and it's pretty cool," Wrymann said. "If you're not having fun doing it, you're totally missing the point."
His two favorite pieces in the exhibit depict a waterfall with a river running under it and trees in the background and another of dunes sketched with dark graphite.
"It's (the dunes) really cool because it's stark because it's graphite on white up against a white wall with no frames," Wrymann said. "The starkness of light and black was just beautiful."
Wrymann said the individual pieces in the exhibit complement one another and all show the confined nature of drawing on a page while rejecting the axiom that all four corners of a page must be covered.
"The other golden rule (of drawing) is you need to cover all four corners so eyes don't wander off the painting itself," he said. "Most artists, when they do fine art, make sure the four corners have something of interest enclosed in the painting. I'm representing the fact that you're representing freedom within, and you don't have to do the four corners but you're still stuck in the four corners."
Wrymann would like to transition into more styles of art where he can expand beyond the corners. But for now, he'll continue finding inspiration within them.
"I'm pointing out the barriers, and all I can do is have
fun in the middle," Wrymann said.
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