In amongst work on my boats, I’ve managed to do some drawing today. I went to the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Slimbridge, which is just down the road from us, and had a go at painting some of the birds from life. Not brilliant, but it’s a start. I shall go back over the winter to see the migrants.
In the evening, I went to the Stroud Life Drawing drop in session for the first time in a long time. We had a lovely model, which made a nice contrast to the middle aged men that I seem to have been drawing in life classes for years. I used pencil to try a tonal drawing, which is not usual for me. Worked quite well and was fun to do.
A good, new model tonight. He had the most wonderful roman nose. Caesar would have been proud of it. I experimented with various media. Red, black and white chalk, biro, charcoal on different papers. I really liked the biro, although I only had 15 minutes for it.
These three girls will be going into an exhibition of life drawing in Stroud next March. The two on the left were done about two years ago, I think, and she dozing on the right about nine months ago. All are various combinations of soft pastel and charcoal.
I went along to the Stroud life drawing session tonight. Not many people because of the atrocious weather. But a lovely model who I have drawn before. She has wonderful hair. One day I will just try to draw that. A pleasure not to be drawing another middle aged man.
The model didn’t turn up, again. Not good, but we painted our tutor. Not sure why there is such a problem with models here. In Stroud there seems no end of them. Working in oil paints today.
Our tutor was ill, so we had to run the class ourselves. Or to be more honest, the model did. It was actually good to spend some time just drawing and not learning a new technique. The model said he was happy to do whatever we wanted. I don’t think anyone had the nerve to say “can you take all your clothes off so that we can all sit and stare at you?” Drawing clothes is quite a challenge, anyway.
Our model was ill, so Mark Kelland, our tutor, modelled for us. He took his jumper off and told us that was all we were getting…
Working in pastels. Drawing a clothed model is really quite challenging, all that coloured cloth and folds.