My friend Kelly (Kelly Berkey Designs) has inspired me as she does so often. She creates beautiful paintings and often starts with a gorgeous underpainting. So, I decided to try to do that, too. Plus, I've been having whelk shells on my mind and just had to draw and paint one (such a different subject for me). Not so easy... this is probably my third attempt! But I like how it looks already. I hope I'll have time today to work on it with color washes - can't wait to see what happens...
Some examples our professor showed us looked like mere squiggles, but you could see what the artist was looking at and trying to express. The gesture drawings that blew me away were the quick sketches Frank Gehry does for the extraordinary buildings he designs. If you are interested, google him - you'll be amazed!
So, after a few one-minute drawings (which I'll spare you), we had only 10 (ten!!) minutes to do a gesture drawing of a skeleton. Sorry for the poor quality photo, but it was hard to capture and too big to scan. Click on it to see it larger if you want. I am super pleased with my drawing, especially since I was quite daunted by a whole skeleton. For me the trick is forgetting what it is that I am drawing and paying attention only to the shapes and lines and their relationship to each other. (By the way, that skeleton really was missing the right hand and the head...)
Daniel and I are heading out of town (north of Atlanta) tomorrow for the next few days, so my blogging will be sparse at best (today I'm busy getting ready for our house sitter!). I hope to come back with lots of inspiration and, of course, photos!!
In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful few days!!