Thank you all for your feedback and comments – it’s been really interesting and helpful, and most of all it’s been good to know that people are actually reading these blogs!
Some people replied by commenting directly on the blogpost, so you can read what they said – and my replies – just below the last post. Others replied by email or on FB, and some in person. I think some of their comments might be interesting to share too.......
Someone said that maybe every week was too much? She said she didn’t have time to read one that often and that perhaps I should post less. What do you think?
Other than that the comments were very positive and they gave me many ideas on what to write future blogs about.
Cath said she liked my sketch of hands, and that they were the most difficult thing to draw – to which I replied
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.
It’s always great to hear from Sally – we went to art college together SO many years ago!
I said “ Do you remember way back at college that I did those clown mobiles? I made cut-out clown figures which latched onto one another and hung from a circus tent thingy. I probably still have it all somewhere in the depths of my studio! Anyway, I needed to make lots of little figures in strange positions, so I started drawing footballers on the TV. That's where it all started really, when I think about it. To draw things that quickly, you have to sort of freeze-frame the image in your mind and then draw it before you look back again. In time you are able to work really fast and it gets easier and easier.
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