Thursday, June 27, 2013

Girtin in coloured pencils

I spent this afternoon developing a drawing based on The White House at Chelsea by Thomas Girtin.  I wish I'd bothered to check the original - which is at the Tate.  I kept being bothered by the fact the White House was not on a  "sweet spot" and didn't look quite as I remembered it. It's now clear the reference I was using had cropped the original and removed a significant chunk from the right hand side

After Girtin - The White House at Chelsea
Caran d'Ache Luminance coloured pencils on Arches Hot Press
Never mind - the exercise got me back into drawing again now I can see colour properly again.  I had my magnifiers perched on the end of my nose and they did an OK job in terms of me being able to see the paper.  However next week I can start the process of getting a new prescription for reading and computer glasses.

It also reminded me of why I like copying good paintings - I always learn something relating to colour or tone or how to relate a 3D shape or mark on a piece of paper

I'm minded to do some more drawings using past masters as my models and focusing on skies.

This particular drawing was done using my new batch of Caran d'Ache Luminance coloured pencils.

Caran d'Ache Luminance Coloured Pencils
- a recent purchase at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition