This drawing will change quite radically in the weeks to come.
Creating ‘mood’ in a coloured pencil drawing requires numerous layers of colour to achieve the right feeling.
The title of this drawing may promise a depressing subject, but this will not necessarily be the case. You (the viewer) will have to decide. I am deliberately creating an artwork with a double meaning.
The story so far: This is the sixth drawing inspired by the historic property of Cheshunt, in Northern Tasmania’s Meander Valley. I am looking at the past, farming now and then, decay and weathering both natural and man-made.
The scene: A derelict room in an old, decaying farm workers’ cottage. The room has long been deserted. There is an old enamel mug clinging to the edge of a dusty wooden table. The door is wide open revealing a strong shaft of early morning light.
When completed there will be little light in the room. The atmosphere will be heavy with dust.
Why did the last worker leave? Did he fling the door open in despair or did he leave in hope?
Time and coloured pencil may provide the answer.