I’ve left this trip a bit late to write up. It’s over a week since this trip and the memory of it is a bit vaguenow. The main thing I remember now is that when I got to the cafe all the seats at the front by the window were taken soI had to sit
Archives for March 2006
19th March 2006 This painting was a struggle, and I’m not very happy with it. What I am very happy about is that I made a discovery about something that I’ve been struggling with in many of these little still lifes, this painting taught me something. It’s all about the light. That’s not the discovery,
It’s been two weeks since I got down to the Cafe Nero for some sketching. I think the break might have doneme good, since today’s drawings came out a bit better than the last two trips I think. I must have been feeling a bit brave today, because instead of taking up my usual position
Life got in the way again over the last two weeks and I haven’t found as much time to drawas I’d like. It would be very nice if I didn’t have to earn a living and could just sit arounddrawing all day. I did get down to the Cafe Nero againyesterday though, whichturned out to
Before I get into the review proper, I just want to say a few words about what transpired when one of the authors of the Charles Bargue Drawing Course found this review on the site here. He wasn’t pleased. If you don’t really want to hear about that and would rather get straight to the review, just
The original Bargue plate is on the left, my copies on the right. I’ve had the original plate from the book blown up to A3, about twice the size they are in the book, at my local Prontoprint. Just four colour laser copies, but they seem to be good enough to work from. Trying to
This drawing is finished now, after another 5 hours on top of the original 10, so I spent a total of around 15 hours on it. Actually I’m not sure you could ever say a drawing like this is really finished, unless it’s an absolutely exact copy, which seems to me to be an impossibility.
A few studies to put up today – the product of the last four days.Six cafe sketches,three eyes,my Van Dyck copyis finished and the first painting for three months – a littleonion. Peeling Onion This felt a bit naughty, doing a painting again. Because I’ve been concentrating on drawing in order toimprove both my drawing
After coming home despondent fromyesterdays trip, with only twodrawings completed, Michelle persuaded me that I should go down again this morning. Since she’s usuallyright about pretty much everything, I did. I’d say today went slightly better than yesterday. I consciously told myself not to get too tied upabout it and just bang out some drawings.
Posted March 2006 This drawing never got finished unfortunately. I didn’t date it, so I can’t remember when I did it, but last monthsometime. The reason it didn’t get finished is that someone came round when I was only half an hour or so in, and onceI’d moved my hand I never got back to