Line drawing of my muse, Hitomi Tanaka, in pencil on A3 paper
I think it is important to draw what is essential… but what is essential?
Choices… the choices we make.
At the moment I am investigating Bargue; Cave; Cecil; Gammell; and others. So much to look into, so little time!!
I ought really to be drawing from life, not photographs… interesting to read what Cecil says on the subject, i.e., how photographs tend to colour one’s way of seeing nature… but Cecil comes across as an idealist: we don’t live in an ideal world! In Tuscany, Florence, where his studio was,* the sun shines a great deal. For Cecil it would seem there is natural realism and photographic realism and the latter is an inferior sort. Yet, as Cave points out, the old masters used all sorts of tools and primitive technologies (compared to those available in our modern 20th-21st century world) to trace images.
In Ireland, here in Connaught, one dare not venture too far outdoors to paint, because the weather can change in the blink of an eye: and before you know it the rain is pouring down!
Notebooks and sketches…
And a camera is indispensable in such an environment.
*Correction: Cecil’s studio still is and he himself is very much alive and teaching his curious and anachronistic ‘sight-size’ method in Firenze.