The other day we had a treat. Anne Blundell from Outdoor Orkney came over and led a guided walk in the afternoon, followed by an art class in the evening. Much of the afternoon was spent in Flotta’s wood (yes, we have one – a rare thing in Orkney!) collecting various bits, including many different fungi, some like these I found the next day round West Hill:
Anne brought the final haul over to the Community hall in the evening:
And Isobel brought the large puffball she had found earlier in the day:
We all had to take one thing and a pencil. We were given a thick sheet of cartridge paper, and told to draw without looking at the paper, only the object. I had a gorgeous mushroom, about 8” long, complete with pine needles at its base:
Everyone got their heads down and started work. But being Flotta we had to talk and laugh too!
Anne went round answering questions, encouraging, and occasionally getting the fungi book out to see what we had.
The second exercise was to use charcoal to draw our object. I hadn’t touched charcoal for a good 35 years, but it is like riding a bike – you don’t forget.
Now we had to take another object or two and another sheet of paper. (I had forgotten how good thick, white paper feels…!) And we could choose whether to use pencil, charcoal, or try pastels. As I had never used them before, I chose pastels, taking a light and dark ‘sepia’ and a black. And, being a glutton for punishment, I chose a wonderful piece of driftwood. Part way though it wasn’t too bad…
.. but as I went on I realised what was wrong. I hadn’t really decided whether I was drawing the actual object, or a more representational piece. So Anne told me to start again. I went for a representational one, but I wasn’t really happy with this one either, but we had run out of time by then!
I really enjoyed getting back to drawing. I used to sketch a lot as a child and teen, but stopped when the boys came along. Anne will be coming back or more classes over the winter. We are looking forward to them!