I have always loved the drawings of Degas. The way he portrayed women, sensually and simply is to be admired.
In the late 1880s, Degas also developed a passion for photography and this new skill influenced the composition of his paintings. He photographed many of his friends, often by lamplight, as in his double portrait of Renoir and Mallarmê. Other photographs, depicting dancers and nudes, which were used as source material for some of Degas’s drawings and paintings.
As the years passed, Degas became isolated, due in part to his belief that a painter could have no personal life. The Dreyfus Affair controversy brought his anti-Semitic leanings to the fore and he broke with all his Jewish friends. His argumentative nature was deplored by Renoir, who said of him: “What a creature he was, that Degas! All his friends had to leave him; I was one of the last to go, but even I couldn’t stay till the end.”
The picture above is of a girl called Carol who I went with to St Martins in the Scilly Isles in May 1977. I did loads of drawings there and took lots of photos of her in landscapes – but I can’t find them.
“ Tricks are I’m sure what landscape painting is all about.” Read more…
“which will show me I can work from the landscape. This is something that I have felt is too over powering, too difficult for me to undertake but even after today I’m picking up little tricks. Tricks are I’m sure what landscape painting is all about.” Read more…
I have been trying to draw all my life – the same problems keep reappearing.
Drawing from life is perhaps something every artist must do, it is not easy and very frustrating requiring lots of concentration – but you have to have a go. I was 19 when I did the drawing above on St. Martins in the Scilly Isles. Going back to the basic skills of drawing is an interesting excursion – a journey I’m not sure I will ever complete.
Well to be honest this drawing is probably worth nothing but it was a pleasant supprise to rediscover it.
I did this drawing around 1981 – I’m not sure why I did it but I’m glad it wasn’t lost.
Drawing: Common tools for making marks include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, markers, styluses, and various metals (such as silverpoint). An artist who practices or works in drawing may be called a draughtsman or draftsman.
It could be argued that photocopying machines and printers can create drawings.
The most common support for drawing is paper, although other materials, such as cardboard, plastic, leather, canvas, and board, may be used. Temporary drawings may be made on a blackboard or whiteboard or indeed almost anything. The medium has been a popular and fundamental means of public expression throughout human history. The relatively easy availability of basic drawing instruments makes drawing more universal than most other media.
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Abstract painters should never underestimate the importance of drawing from life. The rules for form, proportion, scale, composition are the same in every painting discipline.
There are various ways of making Paintings to recipes, each becoming a question of process and discovery, controlling chance, arranging colour with simple brush strokes, dragging or pouring paint across the surface to reveal a vast range range of effects. The act of painting can be reduced to its most simple and material elements, new materials can be discovered and played with……Is this really painting?….. what is the process/purpose of the creation? Behind the rheteoric and bullshit there must be a reason….otherwise YCRE8.
Tuesday 17th May 1977
“which will show me I can work from the landscape. This is something that I have felt is too over powering, too difficult for me to undertake but even after today I’m picking up little tricks. Tricks are I’m sure what landscape painting is all about.”
Going back to the basic skills of drawing is an interesting excursion – a journey I’m not sure I will complete. Drawing a life model for the first times in decades was a bit daunting but old tricks and shortcuts were soon remembered and in many respects drawing is a bit like riding a bicycle. Read more…