“The trick to drawing hands is to approach them in the same way as everything else - look at the shapes they make in space, the shapes in between the fingers, the shapes of the things around or behind them - the air shapes and the un- shapes!
That way you draw what you really see instead of worrying about the bunch of bananas or fat sausages that your brain compares them to. We should be able to draw our hands really well- we have a spare one hanging around all the time to practice on :-)”
John said “Your versatility is amazing. I love your professional touch.!”
I said “I think I just get bored easily - and like the challenge of trying something new all the time....”
And it’s true – I love trying to draw on an unusual surface or capturing something that’s moving, or dimly lit. This evening I am going to try drawing at a Flamenco workshop. It might work, it might not, but I am looking forward to the challenge. I did the basic paintings for these during a performance by the same group earlier this year. I have only just seen how they could be finished though. I ruined another three, which was a shame, but that’s the way it goes.
Sally said “I love the fact that your work is spontaneous and accurate at the same time. Do you check proportions much or is your eye trained to the point where you don't need to check? I have recently started going to a life class. It is very good practice as they do a variety of very quick and some longer poses. So far I have been using charcoal and chalks or pencil and some pen and wash. I might try your idea of gesso and acrylics. Your enthusiasm is very inspiring. Hope you get plenty of feedback.”
I go to life classes regularly too. Life class is great practice and it kind of helps you to feel inside someone else's body, which is the other part of drawing them (the weird part!). The longer poses give you time to measure and consider how the body works, but the short poses are great for just getting the essential impressions down.
Do try gesso - I love the stuff.... it's great with ink too. When I was in the UK last time I bought some watercolour ground (Daniel Smith, I think), which must be similar but more absorbent. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it will be fun -there's so much to play with!!!"
Do keep your comments coming – I’ll try to help in any way that I can. The internet is such a gift to communication and information sharing.....
Talking of which, for those of you in Malta, I have two invitations for you; one is to a charity exhibition on the 17th November
And the other is to my next First Friday Gallery, on the 7th November. This will be the last one I do before Christmas, and next year I will be doing them as and when rather than monthly. I will be displaying my Hypogeum paintings, which have been in storage for years. I want to surround myself with their energy again as I feel this is the time to finish the series and exhibit them all. Come and see!
I have a whole website dedicated to my work in the prehistoric temples of Malta
I love to paint - and draw - and help others to discover their creative side too.....
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