Memory Drawing: An Overlooked Process

I think memory drawing is a frequently-overlooked process. It’s a really enjoyable practice to try to take a mental photograph of a fleeting scene that might be inconvenient to capture a photo of, and try to reproduce it from memory. “All drawing is memory drawing”, as the saying goes, and in the history of figurative painting and drawing many voices have discussed the merits of memory drawing, such as Robert Henri in The Art Spirit: “all work that is worthwhile has got to be memory work.” I’ve been doing little memory sketches for years and will start sharing some. This is a small pencil drawing recalling a momentary conversation with a friend last night.