Friday, 23 November 2012

More lifedrawing... 23.11.12

Drawings done today... notice that I didn't know what day it was!!  The first is done in 2 minutes...
 .... then 5 minutes....
 .... and this drawing took about 25 minutes....

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Lifedrawing - old man, and an old woman, both with forshortening.

 Sepia pencil on rough paper, washed with water.



 Charcoal and newsprint paper.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Another old drawing

This is a drawing of my studio window done earlier this year.


... and a drawing of Lis, from February of this year.



Lis

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Old drawings

I have been trying to clean out a lot of junk from my studio so that I can get back to painting.  i came across this old drawing from 2001.  It shows Kath, one of our group who used to do out drawing and painting au plein aire....
... this was done in the yard of Peter's place.  It's pencil and cartrige paper, but it brings back the memory of the day....  more than 10 years ago!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A scanner!

Photographs of drawings and paintings that I have uploaded here until now have been photographed with a digital camera, cropped and added.  These are hard to take.  The focus and cropping is usually not the propblem, though it's always hard to avoid parallax errors.
I have access to a scanner.....
.... and drawings are much clearer and more like the original.   This is a test, using an old drawing that I like.  I'm looking forward to some newer pieces now....

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Lifedrawing, the last for a while

Yesterday afternoon was the last of the lifedrawing opportunities for a while....  until June 15th, in fact.  I found the practice harder for some reason.  It will be hard to maintain the momentum for later in the year.  This drawing ventured across onto the opposite page of my sketchbook and someone suggested that I use larger pieces of paper...  
 ....In fact,  I don't like using lots of big sheets of paper very much because one ends up with a huge volume of fragile studies that end up dilapidated and not a lot of use.   For me, it is the actual practice of making the drawings and making my hand-eye (without my brain's interference) coordination.  The product is much less important.  I do have a lot of notebooks full of sketches and at least they fit into a bookcase.

This  drawing is done in about one minute, and, while it is anything but a finished piece, I loved the pose and the twist in the model's back that made her shoulders end up at different heights....  amazing pose, though I don't think she could have remained there for a long time.....
 Another pose that was at least more comfortabe for the model.....
  .... this drawing took about five minutes and I like it.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Friday lifedrawing before a busy weekend

I made it to lifedrawing before heading off on a hectic weekend, with no time to post,  or to do much else either....
I did enjoy lifedrawing....  first a few very quick drawings....  
 I had my mind on other things,  and drawing was tricky....  I made a drawing of the model's face....
 ... his right hand....
... and then investigated both hands....
... not the most productive episode,  but the practice is more like the exercise that football players do in the gym....  it's an exercise that keeps the muscles working for the game later in the week.  Lifedrawing keeps the eye-hand-thingy working ready for painting later in the week.  It feels like drawing via the hand and eye though bypassing the thinking part of the brain... I don't know whether this is true,  but that is what it feels lik eto me.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

More watercolour experiments

I have been trying a few new things with watercolour and the weather (hot and dry) is useful.  Drying times are short and I can try a few things that I ahve been meaning to do for quite  a while....  the ink bottles again....

 ..... local colour....
 ..... local colour with some further "fiddling"....
 .... colours outside the studio door.
Hard to know what I think about these yet,  but I will be going back out to try some more "fiddling" with the paint.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Last Friday... lifedrawing

Lifedrawing last Friday was busy.  I drive to Burra to participate and I'm gald that I do.  The model was tired and slept during this final pose....  so we had nearly half an hour to draw.....


A few preliminary sketches were useful to get used to the model, and to get my brain to work after missing the practice during the previous week....
 ... these drawings take about one minute....

This one was a bit longer... maybe 15 minutes....
There are only two more sessions during the next few weeks, so I'll be back to drawing the chickens... or the goats.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Playing with watercolour

Today I finally got to try out some watercolour experiments....
 ... I'm not very pleased with the results yet,  but I'm trying a couple of new ideas.  A shadowy still life and the colours of the landscape....
I'll be trying some new ideas on my next trip out there.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

drawings

Across the road from the studio......

 ....  a child's grave....
....  not a lot of time today,  but at least I was able to begin a painting.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Studio time

I have been able to get out to the studio again.  I drew the ginger jar shaped pot that I have painted in the past....  not the most amazing drawing,  but I like the pot a lot.
 I also found an old painting that I made some years ago....  it isn't finished...  this is the part that looks the most complete.  It is based on another watercolour painting that I had already done.... this is an oil painting on board.
Terowie

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Lifedrawing

For those of you who read my other blog, you'll be aware that I've been "off the air" due to some family issues that have disrupted my life in the last few months.  As Autumn approaches and I gradually get the garden back under control,  I am also getting back to the studio, drawing and painting....

I have joned a group of people who meet weekly to draw with access to a model.  I am a bit "rusty" but the only way to get back to what I had been doing before is to persevere.

Today I spent some time at the gallery cleaning up a little bit and re-organising and I made one small still life drawing...  my favouritte ink bottles....


Last Friday, with the group, I made several new drawings.

These are five poses of one minute each....  I really love doing these drawings.  There is no time to think and the eye information needs to bypass the brain and go straight to the hand...   or at least that is how if feels to me.

A five minute sketch......  from a longer pose,  but this very much simplified one pleases me.

A two minute sketch in preparation for a longer pose....

... and, the 30 minute drawing at the end.  Pen and non-waterproof ink that is washed with water after it is made.  in this drawing, I had plenty of time and I went back with the pen to darken the four or five darkest shadows.
I am determined to continue drawing despite the interference of other people's issues.