update 13th november 2020
A Late update from Freda, who joined us briefly on Zoom this week, but had trouble hearing us. This was the picture she showed us. This rather wonderful collage is her interpretation of the Chairman's Project, set at Christmas 2019, 'The Pleasures of Life.'
I think we will all look forward to the time when we can get together and show our various views of this subject - something Sally P. couldn't have known when she set it, would have a much larger resonance with us all this year!
Spurred on by Sally's boots, I decided to draw a pair of my own shoes. I chose a pair I have had for over 30 years, and don't wear very much now. They look much shinier in this scanned version of the drawing - not sure why! I think shoes acquire character from the feet that wear them, so I'm not sure what these say about me. I am going to have a go at drawing some basketball boots next - they'll say something else altogether!
Carolyn has stepped out of her comfort zone and sent me this drawing of Sally P's husband Mick, from the photo last week. I think there is definitely a likeness there, so keep practicing portraits, Carolyn!
Lesley says,' I’ve been working in the garden this week so not much time for being creative, unless you count moving trellis and paths and cutting back over enthusiastic rambling roses....
So all I have done is add some sheep and posts and worked on the rock outcrops in last week’s landscape.' She says she still has work to do on the rocks to make them more separate from one another. Coming along nicely, though!
Jane sparked a discussion when she spoke about her drawing this morning on Zoom. Her experience was how different it was to work just from a photo, with no means of walking round the subject or looking at exactly how one plane joins another, or what is around the side beyond your view. She also felt that the resultant drawing lacked something of the life of the subject. The artists who compete on Portrait Artist of the Year (currently on Sky Arts and available to watch on Freeview, but you may have to rescan to find it) often use an iPad. They photograph the subject from different aspects, and use the image on their iPad as an aid to painting from life. The consensus was that it is easier to work from a photo if you know the subject, than if you don't.
I also used a long stick and attached brush pens, then water, it was definitely loose, not so sure it worked but it is good to try.'
'Three pics, half hour sketch of boots with watercolour wash, hour drawing of Mick in pencil and a pastel picture of Mick that I still need to work on. Not sure who the model is!'
Stay well everyone.