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

2 thoughts on “ Beginnings with drawing and painting ”

  1. I like it. But it keeps giving me more than I want.

    I got caught up in the five foods you shouldn’t eat.

    That’s a fine painting!

    morris

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