I decided this year that I’d try to get away from my desk a little and join things. The Mustard Seeds gallery was part of that and Artwey was another. Artwey is a “visual arts community for Weymouth and Portland”. It was a big step for me to join a community of actual artists and I’m still not entirely sure I ought to be there. The group has so many extremely talented members as can be seen if you take (and you should) a few minutes to browse the member pages.
Last week there was a meetup for new members. Smalltalk has never been my thing but it turned out to be a lovely hour or so meeting some very creative painters and potters.
One of the benefits of joining Artwey is that you have access to exhibition spaces during the year. Consequently I’ll be exhibiting some of my drawings in a few weeks time, for a month. I’m looking forward to showing some of my drawings in public.
I’m hoping to have my Weymouth Bay drawing finished in time for the exhibition. I drew the sky using cross-hatching rather than shading by ‘colouring in’. It’s the first time I’ve drawn a sky this way and I like it. The pencil marks are clearly visible (which I like) and I think they give the sky a dynamism that I haven’t been able to capture before.
This last week I’ve been pootling about a little with my drawing, with a couple of little sketches and a slow start on a new Dorset drawing. This Dorset drawing is going to be of Weymouth bay with Portland in the distance. It’s a bit of an experiment. My drawings tend to work best when there’s a strong focus with lots of detail and this one isn’t going to be like that. At least, the source photograph isn’t, but I’m going to need to find a way of drawing a focus as I go along. I have some ideas but I’m not sure if they’ll work.
In the meantime, I now have some of my prints available at the Mustard Seed gallery in Weymouth. This is a wonderful place that we’re lucky to have here in our little seaside town. It’s a community gallery. As a member, I pay an extremely reasonable contribution towards the rent of the space and commit to working in the gallery at least five hours a month. In return, I get generous amount of space in which to show my work, in a space right on one of the main shopping streets. I’m enjoying being part of this group of lovely and talented artists.
This portrait is from a photo taken by my wife Julia of her two youngest children. They’re a fine looking pair and I worked hard to do them both justice. As always, I’m not entirely happy with the result. I’ve never been entirely happy with any drawing. Isn’t that always the way?
What I do like about the picture, though, (and this comes from the original photograph) are the contrasts within it. It was fun to do, although the fur collar drove me a little loopy at the time.