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Tag: charcoal

Day 303 and sleepy capt’n

Time for more kitty sketches. This is bit of a mixed media with my favourite model, Capt’n Jack, first some acrylic washes, then a bit of magenta ink and finishing touches with charcoal.


This is on watercolour paper, though I did a couple more in my sketchbook.


Day 271 and peonies

I adore peonies, but the season is just too short. So when they at the florist’s stand, I always grab a bunch. This one I put together with some white roses that the florist was going to toss. They [the roses] were very tired, but I don’t mind as I don’t do detail! 🙂 Besides, they sketch well with my woodies and a bit of charcoal.


Day 251 and wasting days away

I had such plans for today, and I accomplished some tasks on my list but not all. Too tired from all the carrying of goods and running about town, I suppose, or maybe sheer idleness. Probably the latter. Now I am hoping for a dry night so I can tackle the meadow out back tomorrow. It is long overdue for a trim and by far too long now to cut wet.

Spent a little time, though, playing with water-soluble wax crayons and charcoal. From recent photos taken at Newlyn though. Just having a play. I rather like the watercolour and charcoal look, but need to explore it a bit more.


Day 50 and workshops

Last “Gallery as Studio” workshop today at the Tate Modern, which is very sad as each session was the highlight of my week. Not only did our lovely artist-tutors, Michèle Fuirer and Marianne Holm Hansen managed to drag me kicking and screaming away from representational drawing, I also had the benefit of drawing after hours in the wonderful Tate Modern with a very pleasant, supportive group of fellow students.

I think, if anything, Michèle and Marianne were trying to get us to be more personal in our drawing – more considered about the marks we were making in response to outside stimuli and trying to steer usaway from a purely representational, and therefore remote, depiction of the source to create something that is a more intimate and perhaps will be more though-provoking to the end viewer. This type of drawing is especially difficult for me, not just because I am more comfortable with representational drawing, but also because I value draftsmanship so highly so obtain satisfaction when others understand exactly what the artwork is about.

What is next? I don’t know, but I would like to do more, similar workshops. I need that push outside my comfort zone, and I enjoy working in the gallery spaces without the daily crowds around you. I hope the Tate will put more on soon.

Day 29 and fragmentation

Back from my third of the Tate Modern’s Gallery as Studio drawing workshops. I’m starting to enjoy them more now, I don’t know if it is because it is becoming more familiar to me, or if the course is starting to settle into a routine. Today’s was the best so far. Lots of drawing exercises, with not so much discussion. I’m not a big fan of discussion, unless its one-to-one, as until I know and am comfortable with all members of the group, I don’t like volunteering my opinion. Obviously, once I’m comfortable with your company, you can’t shut me up, but I rarely feel that comfortable in a group exercise.

I digress. I primarily liked today’s workshop as we were busy with back-to-back exercises and I didn’t have time to think (or rather over-think) what I was doing. It’s the only way for me.

We were concerned with taking parts and creating a new whole out of said parts: be it drawing only a quarter of a continuous line drawing; or creating a story board of images using one segment of a modern surrealist film as a starting point; to even creating a new story with other people’s imagery. Everything was a fragment of something else. Plus I got to use charcoal, which I love. It was pretty good.

I’m disappointed I’ll miss the next one but I’ve booked myself in for the last two.

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