"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." (Winston Churchill)....Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. (Richard Wright)....Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet (Stephen Hawking)
Help! I've neglected this blog AGAIN and I've done almost no drawing in 2019., but I did some painting - mainly inspired by a visit to Gabriele Müntet's exhibition at Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
Here are one or two of the reproductions I made in a small format to celebrate Münter, but I am not convinced. She churned out up to 5 works a day. I can't say I'm enamoured of all her works or that it's even good painting in every case (sometimes she was dabbling and stopped half way through - or so that's how the works look). I don't don't understand why Abstract Expressionism was invented more or less by painters who really could paint 'properly', but what is proper painting??? The two examples I show here are completed paintings. I don't think Münter ever went back to a painting later. Her works were done mostly on the spur of the moment and when that momnt of drive went, the painting was probably as finished as it every would be.
My small version (oil)!
The window (Münter's canvas was obling, mine is square!) says quite a lot about Münter and something about me, too. It is not to scale, of course, because the basic shape is different. I used a small canvas I happened to have here and it was not a case of copying the details, but of capturing her feelings as she watched the birds in the snow at breakfast time, which I could almost re-live since it was snowing outside when I started painting and the little birds were coming regularly to pick up some birdfood I had on a tray. There are so many photos of this painting that I'm really not sure about some of the colours. I read in many of her paintings that Münter was intensely lonely, although after some years grieving the ending of her relationship with Kandinsky, she did find a new partner. Kandinsky taught her much of what she knew, allthough he later claimed that he was indebted to her. But he was married in Russia and went back there leaving Münter after what was reportedly a stormy ending to their affair.
... not really. I once tried to copy one of my drawings and failed miserably. The reason is probably that I seldom start out with a plan, but just let the drawing grow like topsy until I think it's finished. Sometimes I return to a drawing and decide it is not finished. Other times I return to one and rip it up. These are imporvisations, as usual. The two with pearls on them have been completed with watercolour pencils, while the third incorporates two gel pens (and it is not shaded, so it is not really quite finished and may undergo a few more processes - if so I'll post a before and after for comparison). Shading is important but not obligatory - it adds depth and perspective - sometimes I rub out all the graphic shading and just leave the drawing 'naked'. I think I went a bit over the top in the one with the green spheres. No matter. The next drawing always draws on the latest experience. By going through all my watercolour pencils I discovered that I have a wonderful selection of colours just waiting to be applied, so I'd better make a start.
I had to give up the idea of getting an A3 sacanner.
Not only are they very expensive, but they take up a lot of room I don't have, so a Canon A4 had to serve the purpose. Juggling the views of a drawing is quite a challenge. The scan face is not really closed because some of the drawing is stickling out, and you have to turn the page to get half of the image (in 4 parts) or you can try to do a scan in 3 parts. That does not work every time and my old version of Photoshop Elements, which does brilliant merges, does not always like what it gets to merge. So scanning and editting these 7 objects took me close on two hours! Here they are. Sometimes I have spotted an idea and tried to adapt it. Sometimes the drawing just grows and grow and spills over the edges if I don't stop it happening! Sometimes it's a technical necessity to use all the page to design something.At the end of this page I've added an unfinished drawing.
.It's ongoing and I did not really want to draw patterns....
I decided to complete a number of drawings started recently and not finished for various reasons. These 4 are the only ones I have had time to scan and edit, so a few few more will follow soon. I looked through older drawings and some of them desperately need working on, but I don't know if that will actually improve them after such a long time (some are up to 4 years old)! All these A3 drawings were done with a micro (i.e. metal-tipped) graphic pen and coloured with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils used wet and dry. Some finer work was done with gel pens and the occasional coloured Edding liners. I really prefer drawing meaningful lines to drawing patterns, but I was on holiday and its easier to draw patterns in company, I discovered!
I can't really believe it's 4 months since I last wrote on this blog. I have been compiling a collection of drawings and I am going to post some as soon as I find them! Unfortunately I have a connector problem with my external drive and can't access anything right now - very annoying!