Snowdrops were early to flower this year. I decided to pick some from the garden and put them in my glass snowdrop vase, found in a charity shop. I set up a small still life in my studio. Below is a quick sketch in conte on a blue background. I decided to add additional pattern for interest under the vase.
I next did a tonal study in oil using 4 tones only. I mixed these tones before starting to paint the still life. This was a fun exercise. A nice way to show appreciation for such delicate flowers which cheer us at this time of year.
There is a group of artists in Pittenweem getting together once a month for life drawing practice. It is good to have this challenge especially at the beginning of a new year. working alongside other artists is always inspirational and fun.
These crayons are my earliest introduction into colour. I have had them so long that if they were in better condition (” i.e.” unused) they could be collectable! When I hold them in my hands and open the tin and smell them they evoke strong memories of happy hours of colour and play.
As title suggest the object of this lesson was to observe the model and draw without looking at your drawing. We were to stand side on to the easel stopping any temptation to peek at what our hand was drawing.
I used conte building up the tones in warm and cool colours. We were studying the style of other paintings at the life drawing class I attend. Caroline was done in the style of Degas’ bathing paintings.