I once again attended a life drawing session at Art on Target in Target Kloof. They generally hold them once a month and get a different model to pose each time. This time they got their gardern to do it – a wonderful gentleman in his 60’s with lovely features. It was apprently his first time posing and he did very well.
In one of the drawings I tried to focus mainly on his face, but he tended to look around the room a bit and although he probably thought he was only moving is eyes it did change the look – the next few drawigns I stuck mainly to his body.
We started with 3 minute poses, then a couple of 15 minutes, 30 minutes and ended off with 1 60 minutes session. I love doing this and will definitly try again. I probably would not have done these had it not been for the fact that I am unable to run (hopefully that changes this week)
Here are some of my drawings – these are all done in charcoal.
It’s been 7 weeks to the day since I last ran – SEVEN WEEKS!!!!! I am grumpy, I am miserable and I am generally not pleasant to be around…. Hmmmm, this might explain why Mr OL is in East London at the moment – (Honey – it is for work right???) [Side note: he does not actually read my blog so I am not expecting an answer]
I keep getting asked how my foot is doing and the truth is that I have NO IDEA. It was ever only sore after I had run 10km and then only if I went up a hill. It then stayed sore for 5 days but after that it was back to normal until I did a similar run. So, without going and testing it on a 10km run ending in an uphill I am unable to give you an answer. I am hoping good! I am hoping that it has healed and I am hoping that from next week Thursday (I am going to give it 8 weeks to be on the safe side) I will be able to run pain free again.
There are however a few good things that have come from this… In the past two weeks I have been allowed to use the stair master at the gym. Owww, owww, owww! The first day I could only manage 5 minutes before I needed to stop and walk around. I then went back and did another 5 minutes but it was tough!!!! I can now do 15 minutes at level 10 without stopping. I am sure that this will help with the Dryland Traverse where I have heard it is impossible to run in some places as you are too busy climbing up a goat track. I have also been given exercises to try and improve the strength of my glutes – apparently I don’t use my butt enough when I run and so am putting more pressure or strain on my leg muscles, which in turn pulls on my feet. I went for a gait analysis to try and avoid a similar injury in the future.
So, from next week I will slowly start running again (avoiding hills initially) and then finally hit the trails again. At least there is another life drawing session on Saturday so that will keep me entertained and out of mischief.
For those that can run and are interested in trail running there are 2 really nice trail runs coming up – a 30km called the Brak River Run at Hopewell estate this weekend and a 22km next weekend at Woodridge. There are shorter distances too if those are too intimidating.
My weekend away was fantastic and exactly what I needed.
I ate some more
I went shopping at a farmers market (for food) If you are ever in the Garden Route on a Saturday morning head to the Wild Oats Farmer’s Market outside Sedgefield! LOVE IT!
I ate even more
And I even drew a little while everyone else was running.
It was quite weird to sit and draw in a really crowded area. I have not done this in a while and at first was a bit nervous but soon blocked out all the people around me and just concentrated. At one point a man behind me did call over his kids to come and have a look but I was too scared to turn around and speak to them, so I just pretended I hear nothing…….. They where very respectful and quiet and I am not sure how long they were there. Once I concentrate on something I do tend to block out the world. This I really needed to concentrate on as the people kept moving…….
I might never run the Knysna Marathon again, this was so much fun… (just kidding) I did miss the fact that I was not running.
I have been drawing and painting quite a bit lately and love it. One of my friends requested a large painting for her lounge, saying she wanted a city scape.
I got all excited and downloaded a few pictures to see what she liked and thankfully we had similar ideas. We both like the same two, one quite abstract and one quite a bit more realistic. I suggested that I try to combine the two and change the colours a bit to suit her room. She was game.
This is the result and I am very happy with it. (So is she, which is probably more important)
Her lounge wall is red so this works very well. Here is a photo of it in place.
This one also gives you more of an idea of the size.
It is acrylic paint on canvas. Each canvas is 50cm by 100cm, meaning that the entire painting is 150cm (wide) x 100cm (tall)
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
For me it was on Saturday when I went to my first ever life drawing session. I was really nervous beforehand, I did not know what to expect, I was not sure if my drawing would be “good enough” and I did not know anybody else that was attending.
As with most things my worrying was unnecessary. I absolutely loved it. Although not a class or workshop they did give us a couple of pointers when requested. There were quite a few people there that were also doing it for the first time and it was fun to walk around and see what everybody else had done.
There were some people that had never drawn people before and there were some professional artists. Nobody was made to feel that their work was inferior or “not good enough”. And the lady hosting it did give some pointers for us “first timers”.
How it worked was they got the model to pose for short burst first, extending the time. It was first 60 seconds, then 5 minutes, then 30 minutes, then 1 pose of 1 hour. I was amazed at how quickly the time went.
Below are the two of my drawings that I am most happy with. The first one is a 30 minute pose and the second is the 1 hour pose. I took these photos with my phone, so they are not the greatest. I think I will need to try to scan the pictures.
Both drawings were done with a mixture of pencil and charcoal.
I love drawing! I like painting with oils too but I really love drawing, either with pen, pencil or charcoal.
I used to carry a sketch pad everywhere with me although I did not always use it as much as I would have liked. It was kind of like my running shoes, I had to have them close… just in case, but years could go by when I never used them. In fact when I moved to London in my early twenties there were 3 things that I made sure I had packed. My sleeping bag, my sketchpad and my running shoes (listed in order of most frequent use). My backpack only weighed 14 kgs and contained everything I thought was important!
A few years later I when left London to backpack around New Zealand, I once again packed those three items, (although by then my backpack had probably doubled in weight). This time however I actually used my sketchpad quite a bit. I found that I loved just sitting somewhere and sketching what I saw – I used pen. One of my favourite days was spent in Christchurch in front of the cathedral just drawing. After New Zealand I went to Australia for a year, followed by Sweden and I never really drew much while I was in either country. I don’t know why I stopped…
When I returned to South Africa I started art classes, painting and drawing, but always from photographs, never just sitting somewhere and sketching what I saw. I realised that I missed it, I want to be able to do those quick sketches that capture people as they go about their day to day business, I want to be able to catch a glimpse of a place, using my sketchpad, and not just a camera. At the moment though I am not quick enough, people move, I move, stuff happens. Although as with everything I am sure it is all about practise. So that is what I have decided to do. I want to try to do a sketch a day. Something small, something quick; I can’t promise that it will be good, or accurate or even decipherable but I am sure that they will get better. I found a website called Urban Sketchers and then bought their book The Art of Urban Sketching, it has really inspired me. So, to document my progress I have decided to start another blog, one just for my pictures and sketches. I am hoping to see some progress, some improvement and hopefully some frequency…. I have called it “A Sketched Life” Please click HERE if you are interested in seeing it.
Cupcakemummy is running a blog challange for February – I can’t guarantee that I will do everyday, as I try to avoid my computer on weekends, but I will see how far I get. As it is I already am 1 day late.
The first of Feb was meant to be a self portrait.
I funnily enough did actually take a photo of myself yesterday – after I drew this picture – of myself drawing this picture. Does this count as a self portrait…..
On all these reality TV shows, whether it is cooking, singing, dancing or home decorating, you always hear the judges saying the contestants need to “find their voice”. At first I did not really understand what they meant, but as I watch more (purely research purposes of course) I got what they meant. The contestant had to find the style that suited them.
I feel like I need to do that with art. I am not talking restrict myself to one thing like only paint, or only draw. I will always be trying new things and techniques but I need to discover my style. I will still bake, sew, make cards, do various crafts, spray paint chairs, renovate and upcycle etc. but I am talking specifically about my artwork. I see fantastic works of art that people are creating and think – wow, I’d love to paint like that or draw in that style or whatever. But I know, I would never or could never do that. It is not my style!
But what is my style? That is the problem. I feel that I need to define it, to “own” it. I don’t know if I am making any sense?? But I feel that I need to concentrate on what works for me and I know that this should be easy and perfectly clear but I am finding it hard.
There are a few things that I know for sure. I love drawing! But I need a reference. I can’t draw “out my head”. I love people and portraits. I like paining in oils, but also love pencil, ink and charcoal. I am better at realistic than fanciful. But that is probably just because I have no confidence in my creative abilities. So taking these as starting points I am going to try and work on defining my style. I know it will change over time and I will improve. For now I am going to draw more, as I mentioned in my post “Making a Plan” I want to try and draw something every day. Not a masterpiece or even a full sketch. I am happy if it is only a doodle, but I want to pick up a pencil or pen and draw.
Do you know your voice? Are you trying to find it?
If you look at the tabs at the top of my page there is one labled “Art Work”. I have some of my pictures and paintings there.
Here is a photo of my latest painting. I have been really slack about painting lately and think I have only completed this one this year. It is oil on stretch canvas.
I think when you paint a picture of your own child you are super critical as there are a few things I would like to change. For one the area around her nose is too dark. However, I have signed it so it is finished. I am always worried that if I go back to “fix” something I will muck it up even more. Generally though I am quite proud of it.