My drawing and painting life
Getting ready for my oil painting class. The homework was twofold. One: practice drawing hands and make an underdrawing on a canvas or canvas board of a hand. I drew a few hands a little while ago. And on Monday I decided to do more hand drawings to find a hand to paint. In the end I drew one pointing. This one appealed to me the most out of the four drawings I did.
You’ll probably remember the drawings from the post yesterday. But I’ll repeat, so you can decide for yourself which one you like.
Part Two of my homework: study the Dutch painter Co Westerik. We’re painting hands and skin. Co Westerik is especially relevant, as he has a way with painting skin and human flesh and has made a lot of paintings with hands as focal image. His paintings often have characters in them. He tries to tell the story behind the figures, paints in a style that is realism with a hint of surrealism. He turned 90 last year and has a long life of painting behind him. I didn’t realize straight away, but I find I remembered some of his paintings from long ago. One of them was a mural; a painting on the side of a building in my birthtown Rotterdam of a girl jumping rope, seen from the back (link to image). The building, a police station, was demolished later, so the painting is no more unfortunately. Another one of his paintings I remember, is ‘Snijden aan gras’ (Cutting on grass). The painting shows a finger that cuts itself on a blade of grass, the flesh visible. I always found it both beautiful and painful at the same time. I didn’t know if I could paint like that, and just let it simmer for a while.
I’ve decided to paint a dragonfly on the pointed finger of the hand I like best. So I went looking for photos to draw some more dragonflies this morning. After some practice runs I drew this one with a stabilo all pencil. It is sitting on a branch. It looks like it could sit on a finger as well.
This drawing was made just for the monthly theme, before I decided it could be part of the painting. For the painting class I drew my favorite hand and added the dragonfly too. We will be working on it for two weeks. For the moment I have only the underdrawing to show.
On Co Westerik : his website (in Dutch, English, French and German)
A short video showing him at work, from Dutch television (link toevoegen!)
An interview by journalist Ellen de Jong (in Dutch)
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