Monday, February 14, 2011

A Week of Hard Work

I was utterly exhausted at the end of an intense four day's looking, drawing and looking and drawing some more - but so satisfying to spend 8 hours, with a lunch break in between, not thinking of anything but how to achieve that tone and that particular shape or texture in charcoal. The first session of the year's course went by quickly after lots of preparation and worrying over whether I was doing the 'right' thing. Luckily, there was no right thing, just your thing, as the variety of very different work that the students produced proved. On the last day I grabbed a few minutes to scribble a sketch of the classroom with some of the new artist friends I met there.

14 comments:

martinealison said...

Très joli dessin rempli avec une atmosphère très plaisante.
Bonne Saint Valentin à vous...
Bisous

laura said...

That complete immersion and utter lack of distraction is one of the best things about classes; meeting other artists is up there too!
I'm looking forward to looking back and seeing what you worked on all week.

Cathy Gatland said...

Merci Martine-Alison, Valentine' heureux ; jour de s à vous aussi ! (- hope that translation from Babel makes sense!)

Laura, so lovely to have you look in - yes, I really enjoyed the concentrated atmosphere, if only I could recreate that at home!

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Carol King said...

what a fun sketch of everyone concentrating and working so hard.

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--love this! It's always inspiring to see how every person's style is so different. Sounds like an excellent experience. This is beautiful seeing the class as a whole here.

Sue Pownall (aka travelingsuep) said...

Love this sketch Cathy.

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Complete immersion is a wonderful thing. Love your sketches.

Art with Liz said...

Wonderful sketch Cathy! Everyone is so engrossed in what they're doing - love it!

Suzanne McDermott said...

Ya know, those four days really show in this drawing. It seems different than previous work. Maybe because of the medium but the loose quality in line and wash is wonderfully descriptive. You've captured the light and the feel of the room as well as the personalities and action. Fab.

Cnxy said...

Lovely!!!!!!!!!!!

Joan Y said...

It just amazes me how you are able to sketch so quickly ... capturing the lovely people and goings on around you. It's a pleasure to view your artwork!

Desiree said...

Your sketches are just wonderful, I love the peek into the beauty salon and the story. You seem to make time stand still as you capture that moment, your people are perfect! Wonderful!

Caroline said...

Hello Cathy,
I have just discovered your blog thanks to Cathy Giordano. I'm particularly fond of your "splashy flowers" ...
See you soon,

Caroline (from Paris)