Charcoal on watercolour paper – 90mins
Charcoal on A2 cartridge paper 20 min sitting pose and 6 x 2min “warm-up” poses
Conte crayon, oil pastel and collage on A2 cartridge paper
Conte and oil pastel on A2 cartridge paper
Earlier this year I was flattered to be asked to produce a demonstration article based on my pastel work for the magazine “International Artist” or “ia”.
I am delighted to be included in the October/November issue and- get me – on the front page!
The magazine is full of great articles from artists across the world with demonstrations of techniques and peeks into their studios.
So good to get the chance after many months to spend four hours drawing – no teaching – no pressure- just drawing with a group of like-minded people.
As usual the session started with a couple of 10 – 15 min poses some 2 min sketches and then into a long one.
I decided to give Arches oil paper another go. It’s very absorbent and the pigments tended to appear much darker than I expected them to be – adding white only made them chalky. By the end of the day I felt I was getting to grips with the combination probably because there was a build -up of paint and the paper was less absorbent. Could have done with another couple of hours!
First sketch of the day – cropped!
A series of quick poses
Another few images from July’s sketching workshop.
Just before I took this photo (below) at Muckross beach, we watched, astounded and thrilled, as a school (pod?) of dolphins leapt above the waves in the direction of Muckross Head. Unfortunately I didn’t have a good enough lens with me to capture it but we found them again later as we headed round to Muckross Head tumbling and playing in the bay and I believe they may still be there.
I love the close tonal values of this image
Water flows down from the mountains cutting a path through the sand and when the tide is out it creates a universal pattern as it weakens to a trickle. It looks like a delta, roots of a tree, tresses – how often nature repeats itself!
The perspective of boats can be difficult to capture so I suggested some “blind” drawing i.e. not looking at the paper when you’re drawing. This can be challenging as there is an automatic reflex to look down at your sketch book. However, as is seen in the sketches below, the results are worth it – strong flowing lines, spatial awareness and perspective “seen” without realising it!
Kay sat for ages studying the movement of the water for this sketch and I really think she captured it.
Of course there were lots of interesting subjects to draw other than boats….
Pencil sketch Anne Marie
Looking forward now to August’s workshop. I am under no illusion that the weather will be as stunningly warm and sunny but Donegal offers so much more than good weather!
A few sketches from today’s life-drawing workshop
superimposed 2 minute charcoal sketches 0n cartridge paper – warming up time
35 minute charcoal sketch on cartridge paper – fun with mark-making!
2 hour oil sketch on Arches oil paper
This is the first time I’ve used Arches’ oil paper and I must say I rather liked it. Not what you would call a “fast” surface and the paint did tend to get absorbed by the paper quite a lot but much preferable to the usual oil paper block which I find slippery and difficult to build up layers in one sitting. The background colour is Attrament black from Schminke – a favourite of mine at the moment!