Saturday, 24 February 2007
Why am I scared of colour? Working with it myself, I mean. Mmmmm. I think it might be because I don't understand it all that well.
Okay, time to deal with that particular deamon.
I grabbed a book I'd been given by my parents when I was 15 about working with watercolour pencils, and after reading it cover to cover, decided I'd benefit from an early exercise, which is using the 3 primaries (red, yellow blue) to create the other tones (greens, browns, purples, oranges & ochres).
My head was aching by the time I'd finished but I'd learnt loads from it.
The next step, of course, is to put it into practice.
Whilst at the local library I made this pencil study of Lowry's St John's Church in Manchester. I loved the strong perspective. The way the church stands tall & proud, and yet also within the hum drum buildings of the houses, shops and offices.
I'm happy with it; the repeated overworking to get the balance of depth on the planes to work and the suggested details on the office facades. Making studies of other artist's works is something I've never done before, but I can see the purpose of it. It helped me to understand how Lowry had created the piece, technically. It also helped me see what elements I related to, what it was about the picture that held me.
Meanwhile, at home, I carried on drawing figures. The weather had turned to light snow, and people were wrapping up more.
I'm writing this blog entry while staying at my sisters house, and I can't wait to get home, back to my regular view and routing of drawing.
Thursday, 22 February 2007
Anyway, Lowry stayed in my head, and I started to look at his dull, grey green skies, slab-like buildings, the every-dayness of the figures.
On ebay I chose a set of prints which I wanted. Blitzed Site seemed so abstract in the treatment of the scorched timbers, and the lone central figure with red-rimmed eyes standing in stark shock amongst the wreckage.
The distribution of people in Sudden Illness against the bleak sky which is in fact full of colour. Some huddled, some detached, some distracted.
I'm not sure what I like about 'A Seat In The Park' though. I'll have to get back to you on that.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007
One of the subjects that has been hanging round in my head for a while, and which feels good to get down onto paper, is my repeated sketching of the figures who approach and collect at the bus stop near my house. Quickly drawn in pencils, charcoal, pen & ink etc in early Jan 07 with a cold blustery wind most days. The figures are hunched, sometimes hooded, or with hats, all trudging with heads bent. I like the way they've come out quite anonymous. Everyman, almost. I wonder if they look like typical Northern people to the rest of the UK.
Lowry has been a reference for me during this, though I don't like his almost cartoon or caricature portrayal of folk. I do love his handling of dreary skies, that appear almost white at first glance, but have a lot more going on when you get up close.
Mostly I love Lowry's grouping of figures.
I don't know yet what use I'm going to make of these figures. I haven't found a location for them. But I am going to continue drawing them, because it's like an itch, when I glimpse them out of the window.
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
I've made a start, drawing again after a break of about 10 years.