Taking Liberties

31 Oct

Here’s the longer pose (one hour) from this week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. The previous drawings in the session had been quite academic, in conte crayon, and I really wanted to let go a bit so I grabbed a much bigger sheet of paper and some Daler Rowney oil pastels and focused on the shapes in the composition rather than the fine details. I took a few liberties with the colours, mind. I used my finger tips a lot, to apply streaks of colour – you can see my fingerprints on some bits.

My lovely nephew (in the middle) along with these other wonderful young people have benefited from the Children In Need charity in recent years and now they’re giving something back. They’re the Surprise Squad (more about them here) and you can follow their adventures on BBC1s “The One Show“, 15th – 18th November. I know that times are hard, but if you can spare a quid or two, please consider donating to Children In Need (here). They really do make a difference to young lives. Thank you xxx

4 Responses to “Taking Liberties”

  1. Lois October 31, 2021 at 22:35 #

    It’s so interesting to read about your processes – they often echo what I do in writing, except I use words and you use colour and shape!

    • Rosie Scribblah November 1, 2021 at 14:42 #

      That’s very interesting, I’ve thought about that too, with music also. It’s the craft that underpins the art I suppose, which in my opinion is sadly underrated these days.

      • Lois November 1, 2021 at 20:31 #

        I agree, you need to work on what you do, not just dash down any old thing and call it finished! Obviously i don’t mean making notes or sketches!

    • Rosie Scribblah November 2, 2021 at 13:50 #

      Yes, there’s a tendency, certainly in the visual arts, to present what we older, more traditional artists would call jottings and sketches, as finished pieces, because it’s all about the concept. Don’t agree with it myself.

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