This week has been the hardest so far in continuing with a drawing a day, I suspect that like an elite athlete (which I am not – ha ha!) I have ‘hit the wall’. I have had to work through the pain of forcing myself to sit down and just do it. I have been my own worst enemy by leaving it until the end of the day when I am certainly not at my best. There have also been distractions, on Friday I went to the Society of Botanic Artists annual exhibition, which was both inspiring and dull, some stuff is just same old, same old, but some was brilliant. I particularly liked the paintings made with cut paper by Penny Brown (sadly I cannot find a web link). We also had a family weekend with children and grandchild visiting so not much time for art. Life drawing was fun this week with an exercise of drawing without looking at the paper, the results were a hoot but it was a definite practise in looking.
My theme has been tulips this week (and last week), tulipomania has struck the depths of Suffolk. I only have one clump of tulips in the garden and I sacrificed them all for the sake of Art. I have not been finding the the time to do ‘botanicals’ what with ‘a drawing a day’ and the rest of life intervening so this week I combined them with my series of tulip drawings. I am also happy that life drawing classes have resumed although not so happy that they are in the evening as I am already tired before I even start. Still a new teacher (Ed Cooper) made for a change of ideas and I ended up doing one drawing left-handed – a very interesting experiment. I also produced a shockingly bad picture of my house which looks like a baby drew it, the proportions are so wrong its laughable, I seem to have an issue with consistency……sometimes I feel I am improving and then bang!
Here in Suffolk the spring seems finally to have arrived, and we sat outside with our afternoon tea in the sunshine today, soaking up the warmth. Drawing has been fun, and I have spent several days on one fruit bowl arrangement, elements of which singly are OK but all together are a bit off. Note to self: concentrate on composition and not just set off blindly hoping that it will all be well in the end – not always the case. Have kept to 20 basic colours, plus the addition of a stronger red for the last tulip drawing.
Here is the complete fruit bowl picture, the dish is ludicrously off and the oranges are floating off the plate, so it is not worth finishing.
The weeks are clicking by quickly, when I started I drew up a spreadsheet with all the dates and days numbered so that I know where I am. I have a problem with dates and times and have in the past turned up for things days or weeks early! So it is a real discipline to keep track of the days so closely. I marked momentous days on my chart and there is a big one coming on Friday – it will be 100 drawings! Astonishing! I have focused more attention on colour this week, having decided to use coloured pencil as my medium for botanical art (I will get back to it one day) I realised that I need to practise more with them.
This was the last week for the current term, so the life drawing and the coloured pencil classes came to an end. They were very enjoyable but I would not take two classes a week again, as it seemed to take up so much time. I have signed up for life drawing again but with a different teacher, it will be interesting to see how they differ. I have been very much drawn (no pun intended) to the figure since starting the regular life drawing. It is endlessly fascinating…… We went to the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday and saw the John Singer-Sargent exhibition called ‘Portraits of Artists and Friends’. It was a wonderful show and Singer-Sargent had a fantastic skill for likeness and a lovely quick expressive way with his paintbrushes – it is inspirational to see a Master’s work. On the less inspirational level, here are my offerings for the week……..
You might wonder at the appearance of an overlocker – well I have been busy with a scrap of fabric that I acquired at a ‘swish’ and made something for my little granddaughter.