One purple evening

Given the view we currently have, it’s ridiculous that I don’t do more landscapes. Still, in the great tradition of not knowing what you’ve got until it’s soon to be gone (well, perhaps) I knocked out not one but two relatively quick colour pieces yesterday evening, looking south across the Firth of Forth towards Edinburgh. Nothing similar tonight I’m afraid, Auld Reekie has vanished behind a curtain of rain.

Purple Forth in Pastels, 25 June 2015

Purple Forth in Pastels, 25 June 2015

Purple Forth in Oils, 25 June 2015

Purple Forth in Oils, 25 June 2015

Life drawing 12/07/2015

Sunday was my last life drawing session until Autumn, and in the days beforehand I was delighted to see/hear the benefits of drawing the nude extolled on both radio and online. First up, this splendid half-hour Radio 4 broadcast from a Brighton-based life drawing session (yes, I know, not the most obvious subject for radio, but it worked well) presented by Will Gompertz. The tuition, and the reverence given to the model, is spot-on and a delight, and it’s fascinating to hear from two life models (including one of Lucien Freud’s – here she is) on what it’s like on the other side of the easel. Well worth a listen.

A few days later, life drawing made an unexpected appearance in this BBC Magazine article on how to mitigate against memory loss. Three test groups were tasked with either walking exercises, crossword/Sudoku puzzles or life drawing classes. At the end of it, guess which group showed the biggest improvement? A pleasant surprise, partly because I’d never associated life drawing with self-improvement, partly because my memory is frankly pisspoor. Clearly more sessions is the only solution…

Learning how to draw was not only a fresh challenge to our group but, unlike the puzzlers, it also involved developing psychomotor skills. Capturing an image on paper is not just intellectually demanding. It involves learning how to make the muscles in your hand guide the pencil or paintbrush in the right directions.

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