|Happy Day 11: The only painting I actually completed this week. Believe it or not, this was painted from a model. As in a human. I know, it looks like a landscape. The exercises we did really stretched the way we look at things.|
|Happy Day 9: I pulled up in front of the|
main studio building. I managed not to
get too lost this year... I got lost, but
was only about 10 minutes off course.
Much better than last time.
|HD 10: Awesome, light filled studio space|
at the retreat. And some truly inspiring
people to spend time with.
The workshop I decided on this year was working from the figure, with artist V. Jane Gordon. Right from the first day she tested our willingness to be open to the new and different. It was certainly not like any workshop I've ever done, or like any figure drawing/painting experience I've ever had.... we had the model moving constantly, were changing the orientation of our work as we worked, we were incorporating things we found outside, we had to change materials, go from standing to sitting, get right up close to things... it was a very, very different experience.
|Day12: Awesome collection of books |
here... and time to sit and enjoy them!
|Happy Day 13: I got out my quill pen and|
ink for this assignment... I had forgotten
how much I like drawing in ink. It's been
years since I've used anything but a marker.
|A drawing done while looking at the model, while|
at the same time running my fingers over my face...
I would get confused as to what I was actually drawing,
me or her. The final result is certainly more interesting
than your typical life drawing.
I think it is going to take me a while to absorb all the things we worked on and figure out how I can apply them in my own practice. It is such a different way of thinking that if I can work it out, it may have the potential to transform my work. I have a couple projects to finish up before I can truly get going, but I'm pretty sure I will be spending a fair bit of time over the next few weeks, sketchbook in hand, intently studying some little detail of something or other, and recording it for future use.
|I was playing with the panoramic settings on my camera... the view of the river, from behind the River House, where I was staying.|