While Val was completing an exam paper (fancy having to do an exam on holiday!) on Wednesday morning, I sat and drew one of the leaves I had collected on our morning walk using the pencils Val had given me last Christmas.
It was too hot to sit outside (29c at 8.30am), so I opted for air conditioned comfort while I drew. This was the first piece of artwork that I had attempted since arriving in the tropics a little over a week ago.
This is a simple ‘look, see and draw’ sketch. All I wanted was to hone my observational skills and try out my set of Derwent Graphites. The pencils are great to work with. I used 110gsm cartridge as support, but if I had of opted for say, a heavier watercolour paper with a medium finish, the result would have been better. This drawing is about 28 x 14 cm in size.
Observation drawing is about getting down as much information as is needed within a certain time.
I spent about 75 minutes on the drawing and it was a good way to ‘shake off the cobwebs’. My next drawing will be about the patterns and shapes from my leaf collection and will be more about abstraction than realism. The funny thing is that one has to ‘look’ and record such work in a realistic way!
I shall post some examples next week.
I have been invited to speak at the next meeting of the Cairns Art Society on April 9th, and I’m looking forward to meeting the members and ‘networking’.