This year is the first time I have been confident enough to paint a picture and give it to someone as a Christmas present. It took a couple of weeks using Acrylics and I’m ‘happy’ with the result – Merry Christmas Aunty Gill & Uncle Trevor!
A call went out for donations of artwork for our daughter’s school in order that they could organise a public auction to raise funds for an arts project – please come along if you are able. I didn’t have anything I felt was suitable for the event so I decided to create something new. Due to the limited time, an oil painting was out of the question so I opted for acrylics. I took some photos along the way…
So after a couple weeks of no life-drawing, we were challenged this class to speed draw multiple positions. For example, the model would hold a pose for 45 seconds and then switch to another pose for 45 seconds (or there abouts!). She would repeat this 4 times which means that we were switching between 2 drawings for the duration.
We did this for 45 seconds then 30 seconds and then would you believe 15 seconds?!
Here’s the results, and a few other longer drawings..
This weeks exercise was to make a drawing of the model by using charcoal as usual but this time it was taped to the end of a foot-long stick and we were to draw at arms length. So I was drawing from at least a metre away from the easel.
This is going to be messy! Or so I thought..
Yes, it is harder to make the detail but from where I was standing, I found it was easier to compare the model to what I was putting down on the paper. My eye was able to flick between the two rather than having to move my entire head. The charcoal was making great noises on the paper and you get some uncontrollable marks on the paper depending on if you were drawing up or taking it down. You have to try it!
So the life drawing classes I’m taking with Roy Eastland are going really well, I am learning so much! I thought I could draw well but Roy has shown me at least a few new ways to approach a drawing. I won’t give away too much – you’ll need to take a class yourself 😉
Here’s some of the latest efforts..
I’m practicing some of the life drawing techniques Roy Eastland is teaching us in his life drawing classes. Without the use of a model (Ann refuses to stand in a state of undress in the middle of the room as it’s turning colder) I am forced to find other subjects on which to refine my skills. Here is a ten minute charcoal on paper drawing of my hand.
So the Harbour Arm Auction in aid of the Margate Caves has been and gone. All of the lots were sold, making it a white glove sale, wahoo! They raised around £7000, a fantastic amount to help with the reopening of the Caves. Now it might be ok to reveal which postcards Ann and I created…
So… what’s next? Ideas on a postcard please…
I’ve enrolled in Life Drawing classes in an attempt to give myself a better foundation for my art. The classes are run by Roy Eastland who is a very talented, likeable and unassuming man. If you haven’t already heard of him, you should look him up
So I started off not knowing what to expect – Ann has done this before but I haven’t been taught any type of art since my school days. I loved the first class and Roy taught me several new ways to see and connect with the model. I won’t waffle on too much, here’s my attempts from the first lesson:
Ann & I have submitted some great postcards to the Secret Postcard Auction in aid of the Margate Caves this year. Obviously we can’t post a photo of them but here’s a link to the Margate Caves on Facebook where you can get info to buy a catalog 🙂
So I thought now would be a good time to get back into some kind of artistic endeavour. I was right! It feels great to just paint. The first attempt at a watercolour rose ended up as a joint effort with Alice & Emily but we’re pleased with the direction it took…