I finally made it back to one of the National Portrait Gallery’s drawing days. This time rather than have a set piece to draw from there was a musician, Rose Maher, playing songs for Reconciliation Week.
My first drawing was of Rose and her father (whose name I didn’t catch), backing her up on guitar.
Rose Maher and her father at the National Portrait Gallery
Next I tried the jug and glasses on a small stool, with dramatic shadows provided by the bright sunlight streaming in the window. The watercolour was added later.
Pencil sketch with watercolour
My final drawing was of some of the other people participating in the event. The watercolour was added later.
‘Drawn In’ 26 May 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery
The next sessions , if you are in Canberra, will be held on Sunday 9 June and Sunday 7 July from 1pm to 3pm. On Sunday 26 June there will be a special life drawing class with Braidwood artist John R Walker (fees apply).
The National Portrait Gallery is very welcoming to people wanting to draw. When we dropped in, on spec, after visiting the National Arboretum we discovered that we’d arrived on one of their Drawing days, where all visitors are encouraged to pick up an pencil and draw the scene set up for them in the Gordon Darling Hall.
The theme, in line with their exhibition of contemporary Chinese portraiture, was of two men playing a Chinese board game, or alternatively two chinese bycycles. All materials are provided so all you need to do is take your place and a piece of paper and get to it.
After we went through the exhibition there was another opportunity to draw a self-portrait.
Bravo the national Portratit Gallery for their initiative.
If you’d like to join in the next opportunity is on Sunday 27 January to Farewell the Year of the Dragon.
Farewell the Year of the Dragon and draw while listening to Chinese music. For all ages and abilities. All materials provided.
1.00 – 3.00pm
Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture
Continuing to be inspired by Betty Churcher’s Notebooks I did some drawing at the National Portrait Gallery today. The staff are happy to welcome people drawing in the gallery – their policy is drawing with pencil only.
The two portraits I chose to draw were both photographs. The composition in both was fantastic and having done some drawing I realise that there is planty more to be looked at in both. Hopefully they will still be hanging when I return.
Olive Cotton’s double portratit of herself and her then husband Max Dupain plays on many level. Cotton’s shadow covers the sun-baking Dupain. While Dupain’s torso is obvious it took a while to notice the white sunglasses on his face which is in Cotton’s shadow.
Lewis Morley’s self portrait, includes a second figure who remains un-identified. They are reflected in a mirror (?) lying down an old shaft. On the wall while some of the elements of this image are clear others, including the actual size of the object reflecting Morley remain ambiguous.
Olive Cotton – The Photographer’s Shadow, c. 1935 (printed 1999). Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Purchased 2010
Lewis Morley – Self Portrait in Reflection, 1973. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Gift of the artist 2003 Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program