Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Lina's work was solid as usual. The music reminded me of Jason Kenemy's session (Sun, May 3,) with free ranging (and often fairly loud) piano improv. Richard's musicianship was impressive, but I found that he wouldn't seem to stay with any melodic direction or genre for more than about 40 seconds. It was like musical channel-hopping, morphing from boogie-woogie to classical to jazz and more, with random bits of sampled sounds thrown in to the mix here and there.
It was a more engaging set than I would have chosen for drawing, and I found the breadth of styles and rhythms was making it hard to bring focus on doing some pure line drawings. The music kept inviting me along different paths then Lina's edges. I was also thinking "a little less forte and a little more piano would be better for me...," and was using some improvised earplugs to bring the volume down. A piano can throw a lot of sound into a mid-size room if it's getting banged on with gusto.
But this is my usual busy music whine. The top two studies here are 2-minute ones, and the next two are 3 minutes each, where I was wrestling with keeping my personal tempo, which was at odds to the music. The next two are 5-minute studies, where I gave up and started scrawling in time to what I was hearing, but in a less pen-destroying tantrum-y snit way than some other occasions.
After that I switched to a pencil gesture with ink lines on top. as that isn't jammed by the music, and that was much more comfortable. it is a 10-minute study.
These are all Pitt pen on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Recycled Sketch paper.
And for all that I like to point out the challenge some musics throw at me, I have a sense that the getting messy with marks is beneficial in the long run, even if I'm not enjoying it in the moment.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
The top one is Pitt pen on Canson Recycled Sketch paper; the next two have a gray Pitt brush pen and Koh-I-Noor Negro pencil on Canson Drawing paper, and the lower two are just the Koh-I-Noor on Canson Drawing paper. All are 18 x 18". The now awkwardly named Negro pencil is like a cross between Conte crayon and a coloured pencil, but fairly soft. It comes as a 5.6 mm rod that fits a bulky pencil holder, and is a bit brittle to use without the holder.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The Keyhole Sessions have been down for a couple of years, but tried a remount at Artscape Young Place. Models Miss S, Carly Black, and Maliah Rayne did a series of poses over three hours.
I never get much of the billed sense of `debaucherousness', but that's okay. It is a challenge to add rope, makeup and multiple figures into a drawing session.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
There is a blended underlayer of gray-green chalk pastel into which highlights were erased, and darker values added with a Koh-I-Noor Negro #2 drawing stick.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
These are a 10-minute study, three 15-minute ones and a 20-minute one at bottom. The top one is Pitt pen on 18 x 24" Canson Recycled Sketch paper, and the others are Pitt pen and Derwent Aquitone pencil on lightweight 18 x 24" Stonehenge paper. I was trying to integrate something more loose and gestural with the line, but wasn't enamored of the texture of the Aquitone.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
It's here, today, Saturday the 12th, and tomorrow - the Queen West Art Crawl runs 11 am to 6 pm both days in Trinity-Bellwoods Park. I'll be displaying a selection of recent figure drawings in booth M42. The booth is located on the northern curve of the big circle path in the park. Hope to see you there.
Friday, September 11, 2015
It's coming up tomorrow - the Queen West Art Crawl runs Saturday and Sunday, Sept 12th & 13th in Trinity-Bellwoods Park. I'll be displaying a selection of recent figure drawings in booth M42. The booth is located on the north-west curve of the big circle path in the park. Hope to see you there.