Here's a progress report on where I'm at with Dramatis Personae. The cards are mostly done and I've begun experimenting with the monoprinted background. Still some way to go on that though; colours need more work.
Still quite a bit to do round the edges - lots of busy new characters to introduce.
I actually sat down and read a book this weekend. And an excellent book it is too. Kelley Swain is a writer and life model and talks about her experiences of the latter. Well-wriiten and thought-provoking - I thoroughly recommend it to all life drawing enthusiasts. And people who aren't.
It was our monthly life drawing day with Brian Saturday before last so here are the results. Bits of the painting are okay - definitely not the head. The colour is wrong too. Too brown. But if I'm only painting for two hours a month, progress is going to be stupidly slow. Thought needed.
Art work grinds on at half the speed of smell... Got the first aquatint done on this plate, PB the 8th. So busy at the moment with work, the house, the Aged P - no time for anything else. But that has been my mantra for so long now I'm boring myself.
I shouldn't complain about work being busy as it means the business is taking off. Potentially five new pieces of work came in this week which means that, if they all go ahead, the next couple of months will be pretty busy. This is a good thing but I need to plan carefully so I can fit in some art time. Lighter evenings, twilight studio sessions perhaps, data fatigue allowing.
Had a day at Red Hot Press this week minding the shop. Managed to make a start on new plate Dramatis Personae. Transfering the basic image onto the plate to make the first line etch. More characters will be added but this is the initial drawing to get started.
Prints by members of Red Hot Press are on show at Southampton City Art Gallery at the moment. I have two pieces on display - my dragon roof tile and of course, PB has to get in on the act! He wouldn't miss out! On until 24 June 2016.
All this etching in fits and starts is really frustrating but we're off again, PB and I. Working on some drawings for my next image. This one is a bit of a regrouping... A gathering of the clan. Taking stock of the PB 'family'. New characters coming soon.
It was our monthly life drawing day with Brian at the art gallery yesterday; there was all kinds of bad drawing and painting going on from me! Just couldn't get any proportions correct.
I had high hope for the painting as we had a two-hour pose but the fire alarm went off an hour into te pose and we lost half an hour to standing around outside in the cold. Not that I'm blaming my rubishness on that of course...! I was just having an off day.
When the Hamble life drawing class folded, I was really disappointed. I found a fairly local evening class to attend in the interim but unfortunatley it's on a Tuesday evening so clashes with Cowprint and the Harbour Lights opening of Imprint2. I've missed a few sessions therefore. The course is run very differntly to the Hamble sessions and indeed most of the life drawing I've done in the past. It's much more focused on teaching basic drawing skills so the tutor has us do various exercises. I try to go with it but much prefer to just do my own thing. Yours, Wayward of Southampton.