Cafe Wednesday – Arrangements

This week I’ve been working with my acrylic paint markers again. I like the bolder stroke which, along with the blind drawing approach, acts against making ‘tight’ drawings.

Earlier in the week I drew a coffee shop table arrangement, with just the black marker.

Arrangement of glasses and a bottle of water, acrylic paint marker, 12 August 2014

Arrangement of glasses and a bottle of water, acrylic paint marker, 12 August 2014

Next up I tried both the black and the red markers, being bold and adding some of the reflections as well.

Glasses and a cup of sugar straws, acrylic paint marker, 13 August 2014.

Glasses and a cup of sugar straws, acrylic paint marker, 13 August 2014.

I can see this style of drawing being easily translated into a lino print. Not that I have been anywhere near the print workshop so far this year.

 

Blind Drawing

I’ve been making ‘blind drawings’ over the last two weeks. Not many, but some. I’m currently going flat out preparing for an exhibition in October. I’m filling an unexpected vacancy at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre with a solo show of my stitched works, (one of two such centres in the ACT), so most of my attention is going to making work for that show.

Firstly, using my black Posca acrylic paint marker, I drew another ‘architectural’ glass. I made this drawing at the National Gallery of Australia. I find that after a week bent over my own work I’m needing a major art fix to re-charge my batteries. I’ve recently been to see the NGA show of Robert Motherwell’s prints At Five in the Afternoon (not a reference to the cocktail hour).

An 'architectural' glass at the National Gallery of Australia, acrylic paint marker, 1 August 2014

An ‘architectural’ glass at the National Gallery of Australia, acrylic paint marker, 1 August 2014

Last week a quiet week day break at our local coffee shop provided the opportunity to draw a truck and small digger working at a building site across the road from where I was sitting. I couldn’t fit it all on one page so it’s over two double spreads of my 3″x5″ sketch book. I’m not sure why, but I get a real buzz out of drawing trucks and construction equipment.

The first half of the truck drawing, pen and ink, 5 August 2014

The first half of the truck drawing, pen and ink, 5 August 2014.

I just noticed that I was more out of it than I realised as I’ve written July, instead of August, for the date of the drawings. Anyway, here is the back half of the vehicle with the digger.

The second part of the truck drawing, 5 August 2014 (not July), pen and ink.

The second part of the truck drawing, 5 August 2014 (not July), pen and ink.

I couldn’t resist putting the two images together.

The two halves of the drawing brought together.

The two halves of the drawing brought together.

Animals and Cafes

Continuing on with the catch-up, there were opportunities to draw at two of our regular coffee shops last week.

Queueing for coffee, pen and ink,1 July 2014

Queuing for coffee, pen and ink, 1 July 2014

The next day I attempted to draw this dog waiting for it’s owner.

The same dog, several times, pen and ink, 2 July 2014

The same dog, several times, pen and ink, 2 July 2014

While I’m OK with the position of the body, getting the dog’s head the way I wanted really eluded me. I suspect that I’ve not looked closely enough at the relationship between the position of the animal’s eyes and ears. No doubt there will be plenty more dogs I can draw in future.

Later in the week we once again took to our bikes to ride around the lake. This time I was ready with all my gear to sketch the swan and or any other nearby waterbirds. But nature isn’t always obliging and we saw nary a swan.  The wind was blowing a howling gale so finding a spot to sit without being blown into the water was hard enough. I did manage to draw two Masked Lapwings that briefly landed near where we were having lunch. As I was simultaneously trying to complete a painting of part of the nearby pontoon I decided to dampen my paper to see how it would work. I like the quality of the resulting line quite a bit.

Masked Lapwings, pen and ink on damp paper, 4 July 2014

Masked Lapwings, pen and ink on damp paper, 4 July 2014

I ended up having to abandon trying to paint as the wind shifted and we couldn’t bear to be sitting still any longer.

This week I’ve managed one cafe drawing, at a new locale, which I’m sure will offer more drawing possibilities. Unfortunately I was distracted by sitting on an icy metal cafe chair, outside, because the cafe was full, waiting for the fog to lift. Cold winter mornings are not conducive to making detailed drawings! I added the colour after I got home.

Play area and shade sails (definitely not needed this day), pen and ink and acrylic marker pen, 8 July 2014

Play area and shade sails (definitely not needed this day), pen and ink and acrylic marker pen, 8 July 2014

 

Heaters

When I looked back over this week’s sketches I realised that I had made only one. A poor sad solo drawing of the new heaters that our local coffee shop are using.

Heater at the coffee shop, pen and ink, 25 June 2014.

Heater at the coffee shop, pen and ink, 25 June 2014.

This prompted me to make another drawing to keep it company. Here is my column heater, getting quite a work out during our first really icy blast of winter for this year. This is quite a mix of media, acrylic paint marker, conte crayon and marker pen.

Heater, acrylic paint marker and conte crayon, 28 June 2014.

Heater, acrylic paint marker, marker pen and conte crayon, 28 June 2014.