I was not able to attend my drawing class this week so I sat down and made up the time so at least I will not fall behind all the others in the class. I have left the tulip (it is not finished yet) and started on the chrysanthemum. I wanted to start to see how the reds would work together and assess the composition. Photograph not very good……but I can’t face tackling photo editing again……
More daffodils than you can shake a stick at this week, not that I am a great fan of daffodils really, but a bunch in the house provided drawing material for several days. They are very complicated to draw and I need to practice.
Surprise, surprise ten weeks have passed and today I will (hopefully) be producing my 70th drawing. Outside spring is really in the air, the sun is hotter and the wind is gentler, and the birds are really letting us know that it is time to be getting on with spring type business. Washing is drying on the line and the heating has not been on today……….. Maybe I will get outside and do some outdoor drawings next week? (ha! I suspect that be a signal for the winter to leap back out!). This week’s drawings:
Week 6 draws to a close and I find myself pondering how my day now revolves around the activity of producing ‘a drawing a day’. It is almost the first thing I think about in the morning, and it hovers in the periphery of my consciousness until, either the drawing is done, or I have decided when to do the drawing. It’s not a problem; it is just something that must be fitted into the jigsaw of my day. Some days are easy, like Friday when I do my life drawing class, some are more difficult when there are lots of external commitments that pull on my time. Anyway for what it is worth, here are this weeks offerings – you get two for the price of one on life drawing days!
Well I’m keeping up with the daily drawing but it is impacting on my other drawing……..it seems that I can only manage so much drawing a week, but I am enjoying the discipline of having to go upstairs and sit down and draw, in fact I look forward to it. It has been helpful recently to have an activity that can stop my mind thinking about STUFF! Drawing brings its own concentration and intensity and there is no room for anything else and that is a blessing and relief. I am noticing too the turning of the year, although at the moment it is bitterly cold, spring is not far away and the plants are showing this to me. The snowdrops, aconites and hellebores are all back, my winter friends – I draw them every year (note to self….dig out the old drawings and see if I have made any progress, or maybe not….. I might be very disappointed………..).
Link to the group page – group is now nine
This week has felt really busy but I can’t really define anything particular that I have done, just the same old, same old. On the botanical art front I have almost finished the Bromeliad drawing, I just need to tidy up the raggedy edges and clean up the smudges on the paper. I am pleased with the way it turned out, given that it was a different way of working for me, I worked directly from the plant onto ‘good’ paper and then coloured without paying much attention to finish and used the limited colour palette of twenty pencils that I have written about before.
This image clearly shows that you can see the individual pencil marks, which for this type of stringy leafy plant are quite suitable.
The finished drawing…………onto the next one. Looking around the garden, my eye has been caught by the Bergenias that are looking really lush and glossy at the bottom of the garden. They have big dark fleshy leaves and bright pink flowers (not in evidence yet), so I think they will be my next project.
The drawing a day project with six other women has taken off, and now our page is proliferating with images and everyone is very enthusiastic, it makes such a difference to ‘all be in it together’, supporting and encouraging each other.
I started a life drawing class this week, heavens above, life drawing is hard! I sat and produced the most utterly embarrassing rubbish sketches of my life. The only consolation is that I can only get better.
Still working with Wendy Hollender’s book ‘Botanical Drawing in Color’ I copied two of her drawings to try out her limited colours. I tried a tulip, which I just drew out really quickly with graphite pencil and then coloured in following her step by step instructions.
Then I followed the instructions for a bunch of crabapples.
What I really noticed, was that she uses a much freer and more ‘sketchy’ way of applying the pencil to the paper, and looking closely at her images I can see individual pencil lines. This method is much quicker than trying to eliminate all traces of the makers mark which is how I have been doing things previously.
I then went on to experiment with an original drawing of my own of a Pomegranate.
Now this was really fun to do, I loved building up the layers of colour, I loved the ‘scribbly’ speed of working and the texture left behind by working quickly and more intuitively. I also like the depth and variety of colour.
So now, how to progress? Hmmmmm………I guess it will resolve itself as I start into the second year of my blog and my more focussed attention on drawing. I have more or less decided that I will commit myself to doing a drawing a day for 2015….and have reviewed Frederick Franck’s guidelines ‘The Awakened Eye’ from my post way back in June.