A year ago, I picked up a pencil and started learning how to draw, first with basic exercises, then copying pictures from books. I try to draw something every day – even if it’s just a doodle. It’s been good – peaceful, actually. My head is quiet when I draw.
Eventually, I want to be able to render subjects accurately. Not because I see myself working in a realistic style, but so that I have some techniques under my belt when I start exploring how I see the world.
My eye is already looking ahead at the work of artists whose way of seeing appeals to me. Joan Eardley (1921 – 1963) is one of those painters. Her landscapes are luminous and sparse and filled with energy.
The BBC website has a great gallery of British artists. I found a slideshow of Eardley’s work there – really worth checking out.
And here is my first painting, a study of an Eardley landscape – my version in black and white, painted with white household latex paint and black ink – what I had on hand.