Still Life with a Twist ~O~
It’s becoming more necessary and pressing to get to the back of stored items for equipment, materials and even some of the objects I might like to include in my eventual still-life painting. I could of course use whatever’s to hand but then I won’t have the painting I planned to make this month.
Overheads and Outings…
If I’m including flowers, and I do have a mind to as the planned practise piece will be made in memory of my late mother, so then I need to get out of the house for an afternoon and buy some blooming flowers. I could of course ‘cheat’ and work from reference images if all else fails, however I would still like to obtain some good artist’s drawing pencils, even if I don’t need them for painting. So as much as I dislike shopping I could really use getting out and about one of these days. Online shopping might return damaged or counterfeit items or be misleading sales and overpriced low quality false economy purchases. I could probably use some new brushes too as I’ve always been hopeless at taking care of my cheap ones enough whenever I used them and hopefully my old paints haven’t solidified in their tubes(!) I’d also like to buy ORANGES for drawing, and orange being my favourite colour – they would have featured in a drawing for ‘A’ (Aromatherapies) had I been better ORGANISED.
ORNATE or ORDINARY? I need to decide answers to such questions.
Jan van OS (b.1744-d.1808) is apparently a well-known Dutch painter of fruit and flower still-life. So another historical artist to look up and research.
OIL PASTEL drawing is one of my favourite ways of making still-life images and/or objective drawing studies and OBJETS TROUVÉ (found objects) are a distracting favourite subject matter, tempting for practise but entirely inappropriate for this particular project phase. I still have oil pastels from art college days (mid 1990s), that’s how often I draw, as I don’t like art for art’s sake and resources are precious and so is storage space!
So today I reminded myself of an ORIENTATION excercise that is said to be beneficial to practise before setting down any types of drawing, whether observational or design/imaginative. I first came across this excercise as a Twitter ‘tip’ during #DrawingAugust2015. Basically you just fill an area or a whole piece of paper freehand with horizontal lines, then vertical lines (without turning the paper round) and then draw concentric circles over it. Today I’ve used an ORANGE wide-point felt-tip and OVERDRAWN in blue ballpoint, as blue is the OPPOSITE colour in a colour-wheel. That was fun. (I was in part motivated by reading at https://www.bobbiestoryportfolio.com/ their A to Z theme being all about Drawn Lines).
My final meditational orientation excercise made the OPENING image for this post. That looks a bit messy perhaps, but I always enjoy the OUTCOMES, for example the patterns made in the close-up below:
ONLY just OVER an Hour OVERDUE but closer to my self-led deadline.
Back tomorrow, to take on ~P~