Monday, 16 February 2015
I have been given the opportunity to do a pastel portrait of Ozzy, a chocolate Labrador, as you can see from the photo images we had fun trying to get him to pose for us !! This has been a good exercise in keeping focus on drawing skills... The thing I found interesting today is when I get in the zone... (four hours doing the portrait of Ozzy) was a very fulfilling experience.
Reminded me of Robert Henri's remark 'The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful place which makes art inevitable'
The phase of work at present in its output is mixed and ideas are forming... I get a sense again that I respond to given situations that inspire and resonate with me in someway... and as a person there's a sense that my work is a response to personal situations and the world around me, art is a means to communicate, articulate, and also at times is therapeutic. There is a place for balance.
I have been considering a future project of portraits based on inspirational figures who have made a positive difference in the world. This would fit in well with a recent portraiture course.
Here now are the photos and portrait of works in progress.