Sunday, March 28, 2010
early evening at the swamp and my passion for drawing revived
When drawing with long straight lines you start by estimating the longest tilts. Sadie calls it "building an envelope." Remember to spend at least 75% of the time just looking. Put your hand down between strokes. Figure out the major decisions first. gradually, as you whittle down the form, a contour begins to appear. Remember strength and integrity comes from the drawing. Color can not support poor drawing.
I have always done thumbnails. Now I will add a contour drawing to my repertoire. Sadie said that 25% of your painting time should be spent drawing. Integrity in your lines and form, that's the key. You need to look, look, and look more. Why is it doing what it is doing?
This drawing was made on tracing paper with an H pencil. The tracing paper was taped to BFK. It is in it's "almost done" state. A little more refinement is necessary. In it you can see the straight line block in on the right. Some of the lines have disappeared and become more refined on the left. I will try a small landscape using my studies and this drawing. (sorry for the bad photo, it's difficult to photograph tracing paper.)
One last Florida painting. This one was done in the early evening and the drawing was done that same session. I will miss that swamp pool.