It’s one of the very few regrets of my life. The Royal College (assuming I had been accepted of course) would have set my life as an artist on a completely different course. Not that I regret what has happened since, but still.......... I would probably still be drawing people on the tubes and buses, no doubt
Anyway, on this visit my daughter and I first went to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in Piccadilly. It was bursting with colour and a huge variation of works from all over the world. Some work we fell in love with, others we couldn’t get our heads around at all. A plain white canvas? Some muddy daubs? We decided that the exhibition was a little like an haute couture fashion show; you weren’t really expected to like everything, or even want all the pieces on display. The clothes and models might be completely outlandish, challenging you to consider different points of view around clothing and appearances.
Another day, we went to the Affordable Art Fair on Hampstead Heath. Here were a mind-boggling 113 galleries showing all genres of art from £40 - £4,000. It’s not possible to wander this fair without being seduced by a beautiful piece of original art every other minute. I fell in love so many times! Fabulous paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings were all around us. There were also practical free demonstrations, talks and workshops, but we couldn’t stay for any as our time was limited.
Classes Update - I'll be back at Villa Bologna this Friday, 19th June to help everyone paint in the lovely gardens, and at Le Meridien in Ballutta Bay on Tuesday 23rd. More details HERE
Knowing a little about drawing, whether we practice it or not, should help us to see when, say, the perspective in a picture is innacurate or the tone is flat. Teaching children to draw should be mandatory in schools, as it gives them life-long insight. Learning to draw as adults is a gift everyone should give themselves. Amateur or professional doesn’t really matter. Good or bad drawing does!
The discipline of academic drawing can be tough, but has so many benefits that it’s really worth the effort. If your drawing is ‘good enough’ (no one is perfect, we are all practicing) you have a stronger platform to base any creative work on.
I changed my mind then about which path I wanted to follow, and instead of applying for a full time fine arts degree course I opted for Illustration. I drew solidly for three years under the guidance of excellent tutors, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have to admit that it took me a while to ‘loosen up’ afterwards, until I felt that I was able to express myself beyond the bounds of the discipline, but I am so glad that I took the route I did. I’m a pretty hopeless illustrator. I find it hard to do as I’m told, and draw someone else’s vision. I think I’m getting closer to drawing from the inside out though.....
Classes Update - After this Tuesday's class on the 2nd June at Le Meridien hotel, there will a two week break. We'll begin again on the 23rd, and then continue throughout the summer. I'm looking forward to the A/C!
Sessions at Villa Bologna will begin again on Friday 19th June and continue until it gets too hot.
We may then move to evenings.
We are also planning to have another Full Moon painting evening in early July. This is only open to my students and will be free, as I can't paint and teach :-)
I love to paint - and draw - and help others to discover their creative side too.....
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