Its been quite a while since I went to one of the National Portrait Gallery’s Drawn In sessions. A friend suggested we go and so we joined lots of other people for an afternoon session of sketching and listening to some beautiful singing.
I managed 3 sketches in various styles and media. First a blind drawing in pencil of a floral arrangement in the area we were drawing.
Blind drawing, floral arrangement, National Portrait Gallery Canberra, 30 November 2014, pencil
A view to the display of portraits by Rick Amor in the gallery entrance.
Rick Amor, Gallery 1, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 30 November 2014, pencil, ink and watercolour.
The last was a still life and partial figure of the woman sitting in front of me.
Bags and partial figure, National Portrait Gallery, pen and ink, 30 November 2014
After I’d finished drawing I went over to look more closely at the Rick Amor portraits which vaguely appear in my sketch. I was particularly interested in the preparatory drawings for Amor’s 1994 portrait of Gary Catalano.
Gary Catalano , 1994 by Rick Amor Gary Catalano, 1994 by Rick Amor pencil and watercolour on yellow paper (56.5 x 76.0 cm) Collection of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia
I was impressed by the economy of the drawings with no need for extensive explanatory detail.
Gary Catalano, 1994 by Rick Amor, oil on canvas (57.0 x 57.0 cm) , private collection.
Their adaptation to the final painting doesn’t lose the spareness conveyed by the drawings. There’s quite a lesson in that approach.