Tuesday, April 1, 2014

EXTENDED ARM CONTINUOUS LINE DRAWINGS!





Yesterday I went to the last class of Mike Bailey's amazing 10 Week Beyond The Obvious workshop.  I have taken the class 4 times but I always try to go to the current class finale as a guest.  In 10 weeks all the participants have created at least 20 full sheet paintings.  There is one participant who manages to turn out 30, 40 or more.  The rest of us just shake our heads in amazement.  Each student creates a still life setup and they must stick with that composition throughout the 10 weeks.  The last class everyone brings in their 20 paintings and each person has an opportunity to arrange them in order of creation, placed under mats and then guests and fellow students file past the display.  We are allowed to take photos with the artists' permission.  I forgot to get permission to put some of them on the blog, so I can't show you the amazing work.  A pot luck luncheon follows.  It is always a fabulous day and a wonderful celebration of hard work, perseverance and amazing creativity on everyone's part.

One of the things I do is photograph many of the people in attendance.  It is a well known secret.  Naturally, there were some special faces that I fell in love with.  Today was a rainy day, perfect for staying in.  I thought I would do some drawing with a pen attached to a long wooden dowel device.  This allows me to put the paper on the floor and draw with a lot less control.  I think it creates a very interesting drawing.  I tried to do a continuous line drawing with my "extended arm".  My exciting discovery was how unrecognizable these faces are with this technique!  All but one of the above drawings is from the same image.  I'm not sure what I will do with these drawings but it sure was fun making them.

5 comments:

Karen Knutson said...

Myrna, I love these drawings. Contour drawings have such freshness and I can't wait to see you turn these into paintings! I would love it if you picked your favorite and made a series with different textures like you did from the European man. Love your work!

barbra koenig said...

Myrna, these are brilliant. I love the whole concept of the class. I am a huge line drawing and pen and ink fan. Great work.

Mary Sullivan said...

Hi Myma I also think they are wonderful! I have only just found you on the internet and started following your blog and wham you hit me with this! Love your work, I'm a late in life student completing an art Degree and continuous line drawing is what I am perusing at present.

Randy Carboni said...

Your contour drawing are fun and have loads of expression. I love the idea of the extended arm. great job.

alteredstatesstudio said...

so love your line drawings Myrna!!

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