In order to improve my drawing skills I have been going to watercolour classes(!) and while everyone else has battled with colour I have focused on light and shade with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. Some of my efforts have reached my Following a Thread sketch book whilst others, although I have kept them, really should be binned.
The skill on which I have tried to focus, is to look at how the light falls on the object. It seems fairly obvious really but I haven’t always found it easy to void areas and then work around them. When I first began the City and Guilds course (quite a while ago) we did lots of mark making exercises using different media and I found it a lot easier when the marks didn’t have to resemble anything. Now I am expected to recreate nature’s bounty in two dimensions.
As you can see from the pictures below, a rose and a shoe made it to the sketchbook as did a hollyhock and a dried poppy seed head.
This close-up of an acorn has yet to find a home.
The Darn Busters
Making our Marks
Dangerous Pockets Project Exhibition – A Community Art Collaboration by Paula MacGregor in Ipswich
Woven into the Courtauld exhibition