....I am rediscovering the art of drawing and painting from life-observation only-no cameras. I relied heavily on the crutch of photography for a while. Now, I use a home-made plumb line (2 washers and a string), a bamboo skewer (unused of course) and a few rulers (because I love straight lines). I have the pride of creating artwork made by my eyes, hands and head without the translation of a camera lens or sensor. I guess I just needed to prove to myself that the skills I worked to achieve during my University days were not lost to the past.
Working from a photo does have it's pros, and having an image waiting in the wings can be convenient....drawing and painting flowers is a little stressful: most flowers last 7 days...10 days tops! Oftentimes it's a race against the clock. Fortunately, I welcome the challenge and decision making that goes along with transforming a blank sheet of paper into a realistic illusion.
Drawing and painting from life is a very time consuming practice, but what isn't? At the end of every session, I am pleased, and at the very least, I have a beautiful drawing or painting to record the experience.
Drawing for Marshmallows and Candy Canes. Completed 12/31/19. Derwent tinted charcoal on Strathmore Charcoal paper. 12x16 inches.