DRAWING lies at the heart of every artwork.
That’s the message of a new exhibition called Marked – Drawing Now, opening today at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.
The exhibition includes drawings from more than 20artists.
Amanda Davies has a drawing in the exhibition of the Watagan escarpment, near where she lives at Laguna.
‘‘The Watagans have an extraordinary feel,’’ she said, with an eeriness and a quality reminiscent of Picnic at Hanging Rock.
She said drawing was an important skill for every artist.
It’s good for hand-eye co-ordination and self-confidence.
‘‘There should be much more drawing in primary school, so children can access their creativity
and imagination,’’ she
‘‘If you take a photo of something you forget it, but if you draw something it’s always in your memory.
‘‘Drawing is a beautiful ability to make a mark that represents something.’’
Gallery director John Barnes said the exhibition’s title reflected the simple act of making a mark.
‘‘Drawing underpins all artistic expression,’’ Mr Barnes said.
‘‘It involves a necessity to really look and see and concentrate.’’