Where to take your Drawing Next? by Sandra Cowper
It’s good to be back from splendid isolation into the warm welcoming circle of the life drawing group and I am so glad I made it as it is the last one in 2011 and we do not meet again until Jan 2012. That really would have been too much deprivation for me as I need my regular life drawing fix to maintain my equilibrium.
It’s only been three weeks since I was last here but in that short time I find that doubts had started to creep in so I tried to carry on from where I thought I’d left off.
I have been working on these gouache and pastel drawings using some good quality grey card for several sessions now. After this week’s session I realised that though the drawings are very lively I do not feel there is any progression in the direction I would like and because each work was done in isolation of the others it consequently felt like I was going back to the beginning with each new drawing. There is a need to explore the properties of the materials used. For instance the gouache is acrylic and not traditional and once dry it does not re wet, dissolve and flow as it otherwise might or give much opportunity for less controlled and more accidental effects so I may need to invest in some more traditional (more expensive) gouache. Also I do not prime the card therefore it is quite absorbent which affects the flow of paint and affects the way the pastel reacts to the surface texture, another aspect worth investigating.
I think it may be worth my taking the time to study this latest set of drawings together to see what works, what could be developed further and what other processes can be incorporated. Usually I feel nothing works like just keeping on doing it but there are times when serious contemplation is necessary.
Once I have considered all the previous drawings then I also like Tom’s idea of using previous life drawings to paint over the top of thus giving the drawing a different dimension, vestiges of the previous incarnation and marks that almost appear independently of thought.
Is this in any way helpful to some of my fellow lifers as I often hear people say they do not know where to take their drawing next?
I have looked at the work over the last few weeks and everyone is very much developing their own unique style and getting to know their materials.
Two hours is really a short time to accomplish a worthwhile drawing but that is spectacularly what everyone does every week and I look forward to seeing it all happen again in the New Year.
Merry Xmas everyone!
Paintings and drawings by Barry, Hadyn, Ivan, Neil, Patrick, Peter, Roger, Russell, Sandra, Steve, Steven, Sue, Tom, Tony and Zoe.