This week continued with more drawing exercises – we had to do 3 . Firstly Geraldine got us to draw up a straight line geometric pattern on a 4 inch square grid – then we had to fill this in using only black to white tones from our 9-part tonal scale of last week . As in the famous map theorem no 2 adjoining spaces could have the same tone . I do this sort of thing all the time – except with colour ! – so found it fairly easy although I haven’t yet completed my pattern because it was more complex than most .
Next she got us to do 8 drawings based on emotions – happy , joy , anger , depression , surprise , lonely , disappointment , fear ( yes I know 2 are adjectives ) . The problem here was that I can’t visually represent feeling without colour & also that she told us not to represent actual objects . Worse yet she listed examples of things NOT to draw ! Well what happens to you if you are asked not to think about balloons ? So I haven’t scanned the ‘doodles’ .
This was supposed to be easier than doing it the right way up because we would just concentrate on the lines and not be scared by copying a portrait drawing – not for me ! Copying drawings is fairly easy for me – after all someone else has already done the hard work – and I like to understand the structure of the things I’m drawing . Here , although it was obviously an almost caricatured clothed & seated man , I didn’t get the style of chair or even that he had his legs crossed underneath all that creased lumpiness . Perhaps if it had been the right way up some of my lines would have met in the right places or diverged at more accurate angles .
Next week is collage from a photograph to learn more about tones – which will leave only 2 weeks for watercolour and oils . Still there will be 2 x 5 hour painting days in June .