So, with my current experimentation into realist drawing (my 'passion project'), I never forget my roots. Abstract drawing and fine art.
Part of my practice is to investigate form, tone, shadow etc. through my drawing and printing - every now and then they cross over... the outcome is abstraction.
Over the years, my love of textures, materials (especially concrete and decayed metals!) has moved from medium to medium. Often I get back to them in whatever technique I'm working with at that point in time. At the moment, I'm working in graphite/pencils and liquid graphite... so, challenge number one, is to spend time revisiting all the drawing fundamentals, but rather than just rendering perfect spheres, and cones, etc. this time I'll be working abstraction and textures...
a. it's like going back home... every now and then, I want to just move away from the realism for a day, and make abstract images.
b. I have always wanted to work really big with textures, and just in black and white - not printed textures this time.
c. I'm preparing for a course I'm presenting called Drawing: From Form to Abstract through bright learning.
Bright Learning is a group of inspired people who want to make a difference to the way we learn as adults... these people are serious about moving adult learning from 'boring chore' to a socially, engaging and fun experience. I like that. And I'm pretty proud to be presenting with them.
I hope to bring my enthusiasm for the subject of Drawing: From Form to Abstract through bright learning. to those who decide to take the course!
I've been dragging out all my old books and e-books and drawing blogs from the proverbial 'shelved' section of my library as part of the syllabus. A couple of gems are old books from the 60s I picked up at sales, and of course my old 1964 reprint of the drawings of Leonardo daVinci... always exciting to revisit!
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.