Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Back to Drawing, with Training Wheels

After a long time away from art groups and drawing sessions, because of the last few years' home responsibilities, which sadly ended with HP's death in August, I've started to pick up the threads again.

Last night I went to a studio session of the local artists' group at the library, where I co-founded most of the art events, the existence of the gallery, a lot of adventures, and tried to get some of the rust off my drawing skills. And there was a lot of rust.

But I experimented with pencil, graphite stick, charcoal,



silver pencil, fine pen, various papers, just to assemble my training wheels. Drew gesture drawings of other people




still lifes of flowers





still life of fruit



in an annoying shaped dish,



and the fallback position of the box of drawing gear.

Drawing has a lot to do with skill as well as the eye, and it's the skills that get all pear shaped when you don't do it, and remember how to focus and relate again.

Anyway, I'm putting up a few drawings for your interest, and to see how they look at this point. Long way to go. But I've found a life drawing open session happening in the next town over, regularly, just walk in, no advance planning needed, and I think I'll give that a try, too.

Meanwhile, it's good to see last evening's output in a different medium, here on a screen, and see just what I did. You never know that at the time of the doing.

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