Experimental drawing

In the Experimental Drawing we are supposed to be working taking the methods of Len Tabner and David Tress.  As an aside, last week I was dead impressed by the work produced by the others: painting. tearing and re-forming abstract landscapes or using very mixed media with great results.

I’ve got a bit semi-detached from the class.  When I arrive it takes me a while to wind down from work and I’m usually hungry which is a downer on creativity.  I’d missed a couple of sessions and arrived more than half way through a week ago on the day we re-started with the new theme.

Last week, however, I’d been to a meeting all day about how to combine drugs to arrest cancer.  I came back on the train inspired and writing a proposal for work leading to a trial.  I was home earlier than usual and actually ate.  So I got to the class on time and with a plan.  I am still inspired by a book I’d been reading recently to my children.  I hit the paper with watercolour, then charcoal then threw gouache onto the unfixed graphite.  The result, above, is nothing like the class theme but it entertained me.

Below were my first thoughts from the previous week.

These are a beginning for this composition.  I will go in two ways.  I plan to re-draw this in landscape with more clearly thought through elements of the whole.  But I also intend to sacrifice these drawings, shred them and re-use the pieces.

Finally, I mentioned that these are inspired by my reading out at bedtime.  I post here my 5-year old daughter’s drawing based on our current book.  No prizes for guessing the book …

Sycamore gap

Today I went to my experimental drawing class.  Interesting – I decided to throw gouache over unfixed charcoal.  I assumed it would mix to form greys but the water skittered over the graphite and the colour spread and pooled in interesting ways.   But I left it to dry and found I had forgotten my camera.  Next week, I’ll photograph it, before tearing it up to reform it into new layers.

So with five minutes before starting work for the evening, I thought I’d post a much less experimental drawing.  I stood last autumn on a moor and drew a gap in the distant ridge forming Hadrian’s wall.

This was the later painting.  I really needed to have faded the ridge to give a better sense of the difference in distances between this and the moor in the foreground.  Now I’ve posted it I might wash out the colour from the background and see how that works.

I noticed another couple of sketches of this region in my book.

These were done on site using just a little paintbox.  i always struggle to get depth of colour in field sketches.

I have already posted the drawing that came from this sketch.