Thursday 16 August 2012

...creatures and goblins, I don't mean Ann - maybe Andy...

Owing to the village hall tables having all been requisitioned for the Hilgay Vintage Country Show this past weekend we almost had a table-less art group. I panicked for a moment then considered the possibilities. 
Estelle suggested I coral all my easels and drawing boards and organise an ad hoc arrangement for the evening. I quite liked the sound of this, we are an art group after all and should be no strangers to improvisation.

Vivien's work approaching full bloom.

Thanks to Vintage Show organiser Peter Bates, all the tables were returned and back in place just in time for the meeting.  Hmm, maybe we can improvise next time... 
Having plundered Marie's garden for props this week (again), our small group this evening had the option of potted plants with stone creatures and goblins (?), or a garden arrangement with table and chair. A returning Ann took a seat, transforming this into a life study.  

Linda's characterful pencil study of Andy.

Life drawing is always a tremendous challenge for all levels of experience. 
Congratulations to Linda for producing two great drawings this evening - for someone who has produced perhaps no more than  a handful of life drawings, Linda tackled foreshortening and perspective admirably in both her first drawing of Ann, and her 15 minute sketch of me, imbuing each drawing with the character of the sitter. 
It is true that when we sit down to produce a drawing or painting, that we have our highest expectations in hand. This can often be more of a hindrance than help, bringing inhibition and, well - fear - of getting it 'wrong'. 
A relaxed and somewhat less critical attitude can often produce simpler and more honest solutions to the task at hand. A good example are 5 minute life studies which compel you to strip back your  drawing and sharpen your decision making so that you capture the essence of the subject - an excellent way to warm up before embarking on a longer piece of work. 
A blog I read recently comes to mind 'Beware this Perfection Trap!' which discourages you from seeking 'perfection' but rather to 'progress with imperfect action'.

How does Ann produce a fifteen minute drawing and
painting which does what it says on the tin, so well?

While I didn't manage to get a photo, well done to Pamela for her acrylic painting of a seated figure which she brought in to show us at the start of the evening.    
Next meeting people, alongside still life - due to popular demand - One point Perspective! 

Examples as follows...

A kitchen using one point perspective.

A cityscape using one point perspective.

Keep up the great work!

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