Exhausted after a big day of drawing at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, with probably an even bigger one tomorrow. Big areas are likely to be erased away in order to get a fresh start. (To get the inside scoop, don't forget to ask me what I've been using to erase with!)
Tomorrow is my last full day to work on this massive figure (detail only shown above), so the pressure is really on. Of course when I'm drawing I need to forget the pressure (somehow) in order to draw usefully.
Just working on a figure this size feels like pressure enough. It can be a little terrifying if I allow myself to think about it too much. I'm glad to say though that there were times today when I didn't think at all; I listened to my music and just felt my way through the drawing. Did some of my best work that way. I hope I spend a lot of tomorrow in that state, in which case I know it will work out.
Also tomorrow the support structures for one of my sculpture installations will be installed. Went out this evening with Kal to buy some of the hardware bits for that. So glad to have Kal back home! This drawing requires all of my attention and energy, so Kal assists me by attending to some of the details for the other pieces.
Please wish me luck, I am going to need it!
PS: On the weekend I will work on the time-lapse photography I've been shooting as I draw, so watch this space!
Working this large (without the aid of projecting an image onto the wall) makes it very challenging to get the figure right, even to make a useful, vital mark.
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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