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Saturday drop in life class

At Keith Simmons life class in Stroud. Could have been a disaster as the model rang up to say her car had broken down on the motorway and burst into flames! Don’t know how she sorted that, but Keith’s wife stepped in at short notice, so we had a good session. I am endlessly frustrated by my output. I can’t get proportion right to my satisfaction and I try too many media, which often don’t work together. Just have to soldier on.

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Thursday drawing

I was not pleased with these after I drew them, but in reflection they aren’t so bad. I am not a flower artist…

The flowers are actually under the muslin, which was our first exercise, just using white chalk on black paper.

Then all was revealed and I floundered, trying a pastel drawing of the whole lot. It really didn’t go anywhere.

So finally I just drew the hyacinth in charcoal, and when it looked reasonable, I scrubbed in some pastel colour. I find the problem with floral painting is that there is no anatomy or structure I can wrap my mind round, so my hand doesn’t know what it is trying to do.

By the pool

This is a study in pure charcoal drawing. The body is blocked in with charcoal powder on cotton wool. Then highlights taken out with a putty rubber and shadows put in with stick charcoal. I have been trying out the outrageously marketed and priced Nitram charcoal. It is OK, but no more than that. It is not as black as compressed charcoal, which I used on her hair, or a subtle as willow charcoal, which I used almost everywhere else. I’ll stick with it, to give it a fair run, but can’t say I’m initially impressed.

Saturday drop in life class at Stroud College of Arts and Sience

I went to Keith Simmons Saturday session as I am getting very rusty at drawing. A very good model, who I have drawn several times before. And a relief to be drawing a young woman for a change, rather than an odd assortment of old men, which seems to have been the staple for the last few weeks. A range of media, from pastel pencil, through charcoal to simple pencil. I think pencil works better on a smaller scale, so I must try that sometime. I just tend to fill the page, whatever size it is.