The first session involved visually exploring a number of leaves that I had collected. Members were asked to mask off an area of interest from one leaf and quickly draw what they saw in 3 minutes. The next stage involved enlarging the drawings onto a sheet of A1 cartridge paper. The colours of the chosen leaf area were identified and mixed using acrylic paints. A second, more personal group of colours was then created and documented.Once drawn it was finished with an acrylic wash.
Tomorrow’s post will feature a selection of the completed exercises.
At this time in the workshop I wanted the members to understand the structure of the leaf section they had identified not only for its natural shapes and textures, but for its abstract qualities. I challenged everyone to create their own colour scheme that was the opposite of what was on the leaves. At this stage of the workshop we began to think in abstract terms. The longer the session went, the more abstract our thinking became.