A fairly quick wash-in experimenting with interactive acrylic paint, I found it very freeing to splash around with water, rather than turps or mineral spirits which are both costly and toxic, and to be able to reactivate the paint when touch dry, more like oils. I’ll continue to play around with this medium to find out how it performs in other ways.
Here’s a very recent ‘composite’ drawing, a series of short poses drawn on top of each other, which has unwittingly become a bit of a trademark. I do them to save time and paper but that’s clearly not all. I really enjoy the inability to control the end result and the illusion of various figures appearing to relate with each other in fleeting moments…self seeming to dance with self.
I’m exploring this effect of ‘stillness moving’ in painting as well as drawing. It’s the closest I’ve come to expressing, through art, something of the nondual nature of experience…this oneness appearing to be many.
Here’s a bit of full-on foreshortening to kick off the New Year!
After a long break of no life drawing since summer I treated myself to four full days of intensive untutored practice last week, so I feel like I’m just about back in gear. And what an excellent way to spend that time between Boxing Day and New Year’s eve!
By taking the figure beyond the frame I was aiming to convey a sense of his size and weight and a feeling of slow or restricted movement. The wet carbon pencil is bold. It makes fat black indelible lines and there’s no going back so it feels more risky than a soft malleable medium like charcoal. I’m pleased with how it turned out.
So, having said I might like to focus a bit more on the head what do I do here? I leave it really vague and instead get all involved in the fascinating contrast between the light and shade on the shoulder and torso until the pose is over and there’s no time left. What can you do? To me the head just wasn’t the most engaging aspect of this pose, in fact it seemed almost invisible, as if a veil of light had been thrown over it obscuring any detail.