For most of this month I have been continuing to work with Batik and have learnt a lot on the technical side, dying the fabric, applying and removing the wax and so on, but I have yet to produce something I am happy to show. I have also started to learn to paint and develop my use of watercolours and I feel that these are the best works I have managed to produce this month:
The oil painting was done on a grey acrylic background that was roughly painted to give it texture and I used a very limited palette of colours that I am now a little more familiar with. I was not aiming for flesh tones but concentrated on the tonal areas using a darker colour for the darks and mixing the colours a little to depict the other tones.
The watercolours are very small, painted on watercolour postcards. I rarely work so small and have enjoyed working on this scale. I would like to continue producing these during the weekly life drawing sessions I run and at some point in the year I may show them all together as a series.
I am continuing to teach life drawing now on a regular basis, strengthening my workshops by analyzing my own personal approach to life drawing and delivering it in a series of exercises with alternative materials to pencil. I am running the teaching sessions in conjunction with my friend, colleague and artist Hester Berry who teaches the more technical side of drawing, i.e. perspective, tone, anatomy etc. It is my belief that alongside the structural elements of drawing, it is also very important to learn how to draw expressively at whatever stage your drawing ability is at. I find immense reward when people produce results based on the materials and exercises I have given them and it also pushes me further to find more techniques and materials so that I have something new to offer them another time.