Tricks of the Trade
| Quotes that resonate.....
"A traveller without observation is a bird without wings" Mosilih Eddin Saadi
Traveloguing... The basics for the travel logger is a sketchbook, black waterproof ink pen, and watercolours. The next time you go on a trip, make the time to slow down. If you don't have the space to paint, set up a table and just get a few drawings done. Continue your drawings until you are happy with the shapes you have on your page. Then get out your watercolours. Don't forget to leave some white areas for the real impact of your watercolour. Add some shadows with your cooler colours ( blues and purples) and voila! Things will come to life. Try it! You will be impressed...and enjoy the place, space or venue you are in as you will now have a memory of it to keep forever . Jot down date, time and a special thought that will bring up the smell, feel , time of day, and /or memories of the people you were with.
Websites of Interest
This is video link shows the studio drawing of Meijer, a Danish artist with a flair for pencil and charcoal portraits. Just stunning. A portrait of Lotte! Take note of his use of smudge sticks and erasers....very effective.
Printmaking - Simple card making
Grab some of this magic tape and you have the power to adhere it to anything. Mono print on to some strips of muslin then use the tape to stick the strips together as binding material for pages. This a a great use for random, loose sheets of old printed watercolour paper. I'm always looking for gift tags or small cards to send to friends and family that will have a special connection with my stamp on it.... (literally)
Learn more in Specialisation - Printmaking 26th July workshop
Some of the beginning stages for creating an artwork can be the image gathering of source material. A drawing can be part of a background, as could a pattern or texture you have re-created in ink or as a rubbing. They are not to be discarded but cherished as stepping stones to carry through to something that could inspire.
Register your interest in Specialisation - Mixed Media
Drawing in Depth
This is a technique that I have seen work every time and never disappoints but just encourages workshoppers to go further.....all you will need is some graphite, sandpaper attached to a board , an eraser and a Stanley knife or sharp blade to cut the eraser into small segments. Begin sanding the graphite until you get an amount of fine dust and then using just your finger , smudge ,wipe and rub to your hearts content on a piece of cartridge. Obviously you will need some fruit or still life objects to observe . Shape in your objects then using an eraser cut to a fine point , start removing wherever you feel the light is hitting the surface of your object . Remember you can always get darker and you will always have the eraser to remove the areas that you feel are not working. It's subtle , sensitive and is a beautiful way to connect to still life if you don't mind the mess!
If you would like to find out more come along on the 9th August Specialisation - Drawing / Depth and Detail