"The juror ought to be drawn and quartered," said one of the disgruntled artists who cornered me at a gallery last week. "It's not fair. My drawings were not accepted into `Drawing 1990,' yet the juror accepted watercolors, oil paintings and mixed-media work."
"That's right," said another. "You'd think a juror would know where to draw the line between a drawing and a painting."I drew a deep breath, and calmly said, "Why don't you draw up some chairs and we'll talk about it."
After a moment to collect my thoughts, I said, "I'm glad you've drawn my attention to the fact that the word `draw' is confusing. For example, garbage collectors draw flies, vampires draw blood, outlaws draw guns and card sharks draw a royal flush.
I could tell from the drawn expressions on their faces that my humor was not appreciated. The discussion drew more heated.
"Wait a minute! We must remain calm," I said. "I think the first order of business is to draw upon the wisdom of Webster."
After procuring a dictionary, I looked carefully at a long list of definitions under "draw" and finally spotted the one I wanted.
"Here it is! To draw means `to produce a likeness or representation of by making lines on a surface.' "
"That's it!" the artists said. "That's the definition every juror of drawings should use."
"But what about a lithographer who draws on a stone and then prints it," someone asked. "Does the work become a drawing or a lithograph?" The question drew no response.
"Yeah, and what if an artist takes a typical drawing medium, say ink, and thins it with water and applies it on a surface with broad strokes. Is it still a drawing?" The question drew mixed response.
After a long and drawn-out discussion, we hadn't resolved a thing.
"We're getting nowhere," I said. "Why don't I draw up an all-inclusive definition and mail a copy to each of you?"
The suggestion drew cheers from the group and they all dashed home to do what they felt they did best - draw.
I wonder. What do they mean by the word `draw'?