My drawing and painting life
I haven’t posted for a while. Been a bit busy. Not too busy to make art, just taking a little break from blogging for a while. I’m happy to tell you I have started a drawing club for young people in my neighborhood. I was asked to teach one girl and she said she’d love it to be in a group. One thing led to another. We asked and found a few other people to join. Work in progress and I’m very happy about it. And a bit nervous from time to time. 🙂
Meanwhile I am picking up some of the drawing prompts from Y is for Yellow,Carla Sonheims year long class. K lesson was about taking the work of Käthe Kollwitz as an example for our own creating. Kollwitz was a German artist, living from 1867 until 1945 , a period which saw the upcoming socialist movement, poor people who lived a harsh life, and also the horrors of two world wars. That kind of hardship is very apparent in her work- and probably even more so as she mostly works in black and white (using charcoal a lot). Apart from drawings she made etchings, wood cuts and later in life turned to sculpting. A subject that often returns in her work is the relationship between mother and child. Sometimes there’s a lighter touch, she shows the brief, playful events in the life of children and mothers, pictures that make you smile.
The assignment: to look at her dark and most times very moody charcoal drawings – and then draw faces. Here’s some of my drawings – based on photos provided by Carla.
Looking at Käthe Kollwitzes drawings I saw that she sometimes made soft and precise marks. She seemed to have taken time to get an exact drawing from life, drawing soft lines for shading making it extra real, for instance. At other times she seems to have drawing quickly, trying to capture someone’s face or pose, and using broad movements of her hand or arm, and correcting by putting more marks on top. Some drawings seemed to have been really quick, and were made by using quick bold marks. I drew from several photos of the same person (Carla’s son Wes) and tried different approaches like Käthe Kollwitz.
The first two drawings I took my time and uses the endof the charcoal stick and smudged the marks for shades , or drew hatchings (see the nose and cheek of the second one).
The third drawing (below) I made sure the marks were really darm on the hair and shirt, took more care in drawing the hand. Finally I lifted some of the charcoal with an eraser to have more highlights in the hair.
I also did some drawings moving real fast. More chance to get it wrong – and I did. One drawing I liked, one I wrecked (and put in the bin). So hard not to smudge a charcoal drawing!
This page was inspired by Käthe Kollwitz and an assignment from the K lesson in the year long class “Y is for Yellow” by Carla Sonheim.
I am SO looking forward to another year with Carla. This time the course is called “365 -Activate your art brain” – it will contain daily prompts, ideas in brief videos. As the title suggests, there will be a video each day in 2017, starting January 1st. I know Carla and her husband Steve are already filming and many people who took Yellow will be joining ‘365’ – both for the prompts and creative nudges from Carla – but also to be part of a group sharing their art and supporting each other. Check it out on her website.
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