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Senôr Momento Is Stalking Me!

10 May

Life drawing in ink and compressed charcoal.

After yesterday’s encounter with Senôr Momento where I wandered through the city centre with my skirt hem tucked into my tights I resolved to wear trousers today. I put a pair of leggings on and because it was so chilly this morning, wore a pair of loose-fitting, cropped trousers over them. Halfway through the morning I popped into the loo at the studios and came out with my trousers around my ankles. I completely forgot they were there and nearly fell over them. And almost fell over another artist waiting outside, to compound my embarrassment. I get the feeling that Senôr Momento is stalking me now that he’s found me!

I’ve just got back from life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop, so Thursday is a very long day for me and I’m pretty much scribbled-out. This model is a retired lady with a voluptuous body. I admire her confidence and self-assurance and I love drawing her. It took me ages to get a good drawing of her, perhaps a couple of years but I persevered and now she’s one of my favourites. I like drawing models who are older and whose physical types don’t conform to the current fashions of ‘beauty’. I admire the work of Lucien Freud who worked with models of all shapes, sizes and ages and showed that beauty is inherent in us all and that we don’t need to be young, permanently dieting or retouched by Photoshop.

The drawing is in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S, M and B and compressed charcoal into a 30cm squared Bockingford sketchbook. I stood very close, hovering above her to emphasise the foreshortening.

Senor Moment And Still Life

9 May

Pencil drawing in progress: still-life with street junk.

Well, I had my first encounter with Senor Moment today. I walked all the way through the city centre and started climbing the hill to visit my reflexologist and noticed my skirt looked a bit funny. I looked harder and saw that it’s hem was tucked into my tights! NOOOOOO! I haven’t done that since I was 5! Memo to self: check in the mirror before leaving the house from now on. It’s a bit of a shock; I managed to push the boundaries of youth to almost forty and I was hoping for at least three decades of middle age but seniority seems to be sneaking up on me.

I’ve been collecting things I find in the street [that would horrify my late Nana] and today I decided to start drawing a still-life with them. Here’s what I’ve done so far. I found an empty cheap extra-strong lager can left on the Studio doorstep by a street drinker; two goldie-coloured metal leaves; an icon. An eclectic mix from the mean streets of Swansea. I put them onto a page from the Independent newspaper. The drawing is in Derwent pencils, B and 5B, onto 90 gsm watercolour paper and I’m toying with the idea of using watercolour wash when the drawing bit is finished. I’ve been wanting to do some still life for a while but also wanted to do something contemporary, so collecting rubbish off the street seems to fit the bill. Or am I having another Senor Moment?

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