I spent a great weekend at a workshop led by Bonnie Baker friend, and talented artist. I find that no matter how experienced I am, going to a workshop is a great way to shift perspective and get out of a rut. We enjoyed a warm-up gestural mark-making session to various music tracks - which was lots of fun! Classic exercises using an object from home (I brought a quartz cluster); observing line, tone, form - then using our non-dominant hand to do the same. drawing the object from memory, again in line, tone; drawing while only looking at the object and not the paper.
It is always good practice to practice! I can draw, but I get rusty. Bonnie and I also talked about creating visual vocabulary, the act of drawing regularly to bank our marks and gestures - to keep connected with representation in order to speak in the language of abstraction and non-representational art. I am a believer that drawing is a fundamental skill to have in order to be a practicing artist - in whatever medium you choose.
The final morning and early afternoon, we were tasked with a large piece of blank paper, 60" x 36" and a hand mirror. We had to look at our selves through the mirror and draw what we saw - however we saw it; and fill the space. Using a number of gestural marks, pastels, charcoal and both kneadable (soft) and hard eraser... this is what I came up with. Who knows why I have two (very stylised/Metropolis) heads and an arm-leg... to see more from the workshop go HERE