1st sketch on prepared canvas – about 1m sq
Underpainting. All in place compositionally. Now I need to work out final colours, and build up some layers…….
Last night I pored over a book from the library on Brett Whitely. The man was brilliant. It’s very sad that he died so young, and (when you’re looking at a lifetime’s work in retrospect), to think what he might have done next. When he died, the work of his that I was familiar with didn’t really grab me, but this book was breathtaking. He did sculpture, was a very adept draftsman, his drawings have so much energy and confidence, his abstracts are beautiful. The way he captured form and substance………….Oh Brett. What a waste to be cut short like that.
I went to bed, head swimming with ideas sparked by the magnificent Mr Whitely. I long to go to the zoo, and feel a bit more validated in my interests in animal and bird forms after seeing some of his zoo works. I resolved to draw more as I go about my day. Main hinderance to this is my creatively enthusiastic children, who must draw as well whenever they see a stick in my hand, and end up taking all my paper, or sitting on me while I’m trying to make a fist of something and drawing on my book as well. It won’t be forever, I tell myself, and I do enjoy it, but on a day when I’m raring to draw it can be frustrating too.
This is when I think it may be easier to have a wife on hand to take the kids to the park. 😉