Life drawing

I go to a life drawing class on a Wednesday night. Last night was hard work. I lost my eraser during my second drawing, it turned up in my pocket. Then I dropped my palette half way through the last pose and someone had to get it for me because I was sitting too close to my easel and couldn’t stand up without knocking over the person behind me.

I don’t know about anyone else but I had trouble with the proportions. On one drawing I made the model too wide and also made her hands too large on another one. I had taken a couple of little canvases with me so I spent an hour on a small painting. I made the mistake of drawing the figure out first in burnt sienna, when I came to add paler colours it showed through! I was trying to use zinc white to go over the lines, but ended up using titanium white to mask them. By the time I had sorted that out 20 minutes had gone and I only had 40 left so ended up with an unfinished painting.

The class is held in a little village hall out in the countryside. Most times when I drive home it is dark but the sun was just setting and the trees were beautifully  sillhouetted against the darkening sky. I wish I had taken my phone with me to get a picture of it, but it was at home getting charged up.

Sometimes things don’t go exactly as you want them to, last night was like that, not a disaster, just a bit frustrating. I should be painting now but I’m giving myself a rest.


2 thoughts on “Life drawing

  1. I love life drawing. I wish such classes existed near me, but they don’t. I think it’s the best training for the eye and hand PLUS it’s fun. I like it because I can’t do “perfect” work so I’m liberated a bit from that imperative. 🙂

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