This pass weekend, I decided to tackle my art room (I hate the work studio, seems so serious) and it took me that long reorganised all the groups and junk. It has been bothering me for a while and as I have managed to tackle putting myself on track, it was time to make this very important room into some order. So now I have a large open space without clutter and my tables a clear of the junk I had loaded onto them.
Last week after another disappointing session at the life drawing room, I have decided to put that aspect on hold for the moment. To be honest I am not sure why I was doing, other than as exercise as I have no control of the pose, the model or even the lighting. The lighting or the no existence of any natural light was really beginning to get me down. We are lucky that unlike the UK we have almost constant sunshine, so it amazes me that the most available of life drawing sessions are done in an old stable converted into a studio with one small window which has a blind that is permanently closed. They have painted the brick walls white but for the past fews that has been negated by someone putting up a flimsy, grey/black backdrop which sucks the life out of anything.
However, realising my drawing abilities are poor due to lack of the use of that particular brain muscle, I have tried to start sketching random things around me. I decided to do a few drawings where I didn’t look at the page as I drew but just let my eye follow the object, moving my pencil along as I did this. I ended up with some interesting results.
This past week I have been revisting a few artists I like. Shani Rhys James, Mary Fedden, Elizabeth Blackadder and Eileen Cooper. Unfortunately, none of these artists are available locally so I am restricted to books, a tv show (What do artists do all day) and available online videos. I will confess I am not particularly knowledgeable about US art. What I have seen does not particularly appeal to me. Looking at my bookshelves, it is dominated by British art and for that matter, British art magazines, as I have been a fan of Artists and Illustrators since it started in the 1980’s.
Any time to revisit the art room and decide on my next project, a portrait of my grand-daughter or a selfie, haven’t done one recently.
I really enjoyed watching the programme about Shani Rhys James and hearing her express her anxieties about her painting which sounded all too familiar.
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