Since the exhibition ‘Lockdowns & Landscapes’ at Hornsey Library in Dec 2021 I have been busy elsewhere. It is only just recently that I have been able to return more fully to my art practice with the above private commission of Breckland in East Anglia. The work is almost finished. I will put it to one side and wait a little before a final review and completion. The picture will need to be properly lit and photographed.
The summer of 2022 has been odd – waiting for some legal issues to be resolved regarding a property before being able to travel out to Malaysia and Indonesia. I’d hoped to be productive with drawings and watercolours but this didn’t quite transpire apart from the weekly Tottenham Art Class life drawing sessions at the Beehive Pub. The classes kept me going with interesting models and the company of the other artists at the sessions.
Autumn 2022 approaches and now that I have a little more time, outside of my architectural tutoring, I intend to be more busy and productive with art making, and to post more regularly here. More to follow very shortly!
This time the drawing experiments with Saunders Waterford 300gsm hot pressed paper. It is very good.
It is difficult to capture the colour, light and detail of the pencil work with the very basic lighting and camera set up I have at home. Looking at the image now there are things that need further work but I am pleased with both the likeness of Yasmin and the connecting spaces within the picture. It is hard to know how bold to go with the contrasts of the shadowed spaces and walls but next time I will try and push these further.
This was a quick drawing exercise to test out a new surface with ink washes – Arches Aquarelle’s hot pressed 300gms water colour paper. However, I tried using chalk pastels as a base colour along with the washes, something I’d not tried before to help capture the warmth of the winter light.
The washes on the paper worked okay but were best applied in repeating thin layers because if too dark and wet they would easily pool and become uneven. On the main panelled wall you can see where this has happened. Another test would be to pre-wet the areas for the washes to see if they would spread the ink more evenly across the surface of the paper. The chalk pastel was difficult to give an even edge to so experiments with masking will need to follow.