Oh dear, sorry I’ve been neglecting my blog this year. I’ve completely failed this New Years resolution to post monthly, it’s because I’ve been won over by Instagram as it’s so quick and simple, so I’ve favoured that instead.
This year has been a learning year for me. Due to Covid changing the pattern of our daily lives, and enterprising artists and museums inventing new ways to gain income, I’ve discovered access to webinars and taken instruction on different paint methods and styles, all online classes which I’ve enjoyed immensely. Some in abstract, some drawing, some painting, some just simply lectures. If the class is about the style of say Matisse, or Diebenkorn the tutor will set up the still life or model, usually reminiscent of a known painting, then they themselves paint online whilst instructing, and we ( people from all over the world) paint along with them or we can choose just to watch and absorb and ask questions live whilst also getting access to the recording later.
I’ve done so many now my head’s spinning a bit, but I’ve really benefited from them, it’s kept me drawing and painting when I felt I’d lost my way. I’ve taken classes on Matisse, Diebenkorn, Hockney, Egon Schiele, Auerbach, Joan Eardley, Klimt, as well as from lesser known (to me) contemporary artists. It’s been fun immersing myself in different styles and methods and although I’ve a feeling I’m not going to change my practice very much, it’s been extremely inspiring and I’ve learnt a few tips on the way.
I also try to keep up with the weekly free drawing online on Monday mornings. The 1 hour drawing session with http://drawingisfree.org/ run by Chloe Briggs is an invaluable way to start the week. She chooses a random 12 people from those taking part in the Zoom meeting, where each pose is head and shoulders only. The time for drawing each pose lasts for 2-5 minutes depending on the length of the piece of music Chloe has chosen, you have to be quick and decisive, a very good discipline, and there’s no competition, no one critiques your work, ( only you yourself!) it doesn’t matter if you think you fail, you just move on and try to do better. Anyone can link up, so if you feel like taking part its at 8 a.m. British time. Go the website and click on zoom link. (There isn’t one on the 1st november because she stops for the school holidays, next one is on the 8th.)
Here are some examples from the Monday sessions, and various webinars: At the St Ives School of Painting : Matisse and pattern, with artist Alice Mumford ( whose work I’ve admired for a long time) with 5-10 minute poses, using a flower stalk from a dead marguerite as a tool dipped in ink, emphasising that you can draw with anything, who needs a pen?! I got quite attached to my flower stalk!
Again with St Ives School of Painting : The webinar on Klimt and his methods with artist Tom Rickman:
and here are a few sketch portraits from some of the Monday sessions :
More to come later if I stick to my resolution!