I Don’t Do Nature

4 Jun

I draw people and occasionally, at a push, animals but I don’t do nature. I’ve just finished Martin Gayford’s book about his conversationas with David Hockney and he discusses his new-ish paintings from the countryside surrounding his home in the north of England, so I thought I should break out of my comfort zone and give nature a go. He talks about how artists interpret what we see, rather than slavishly copy it and how we decide what to focus on, what marks to make, what materials to use in order to interpret, and when he put it like that, it seemed less intimidating. I think that when I’ve tried it in the past, I’ve aimed to be too representational and tried to do something like botanical drawings and really, that’s a whole different genre in itself and not something that particularly interests me.

So I had a bash today using my Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen [size S] and Aquarelle watercolour pencils into an A6 watercolour pad. This is a corner of our new ‘pond’ down on the allotment, which is an old bath and a plank of wood. We’ve had it a fortnight and already the native flag iris and pondweed I transfered from our garden pond have established themselves along with a newt and loads of insects. I’m going to draw reguarly from nature for a while and get some practice in.

8 Responses to “I Don’t Do Nature”

  1. paperstew June 6, 2012 at 01:52 #

    I agree with Kate!

    • Rosie Scribblah June 6, 2012 at 13:00 #

      haha thanks. If it stops raining I’ll give it another go 🙂

  2. notes to the milkman June 5, 2012 at 23:37 #

    Went to see the Hockney exhibition in January at the Royal Academy in London. I found it the most inspiration exhibition I’ve ever been to. I wanted to grab my brushes and paints and rush out into the countryside and start painting! When I did do, I found it a lot harder than I thought! Nevertheless I’ve started a Walking with a Sketchbook group to do some more plein aire drawing.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 6, 2012 at 13:01 #

      What an excellent idea, I prefer to work in a group. I find it hard too, much easier to draw people

  3. The Blithering Idiot June 5, 2012 at 15:05 #

    I know what ya mean about nature. Too much looking at unfamiliar shapes. But at least it doesn’t move around a lot, unless it’s windy

    • Rosie Scribblah June 5, 2012 at 19:38 #

      And round here it rains most of the time. Like today. In June. So I can’t be bothered toi go out and get wet just to draw nature 🙂

  4. kate wilson June 4, 2012 at 23:53 #

    Mmmm I think you do do nature…

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