Beginnings with drawing and painting

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.

 

(c) DACS/Anne Morrison; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) DACS/Anne Morrison; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Anne Morrison; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Anne Morrison; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

 

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.

Study of Eardley landscape1

“As much cake”…? Where’s the food?

Someone I was close to once told me “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”. At the time, I was asking for help hanging on to a crumbling career in the arts.

The message I got was: “You can’t have the life you want…that’s just an unrealistic dream.”

What ended up happening was that I did stop trying to make a living from art. And I stopped sharing my work. I got a full-time job in an office, where I stayed for 13 years.

Now I’m starting to share my work again.

This blog is written in the spirit of having your cake and eating it too – having as much cake as you want, in fact.