Monochrome studies

I’m working on my values (after somewhat painfully realizing how important they are) in between producing ‘finished’ drawings for the Open Air Gallery (only two more weekends to prepare! Mats are expensive!). I’m also looking at my books a lot, trying to soak every bit of advice from those pictures before I leave, as I won’t be able to take them with me for consultation on the way.

Study Materials. From left to right and top to bottom: Rembrandt, Carl Blechen, John Ruskin, Robert Crumb, James Jean, William Turner, Whistler, and Paul Madonna.

Here I laid out some books on the floor to look at how different artists have drawn architecture in more or less monochromatic drawings, comparing different qualities of line and ways of organizing values, hoping something will rub off;-)

And, of course, I’m panicking a tiny bit more every day as the date of takeoff comes closer. I feel compelled to end lots of sentences with exclamation marks, as everything is so new! And exciting! And I’ve never done anything like it and I have no idea what I’m doing really and OMG my life is never going to be the same again! But then, that is of course always true.

2 Responses to “Monochrome studies”

  1. beautiful! Strong sense of light…like in Turner’s sketches.

  2. Thank you! These words are so kind they make me a bit uncomfortable, but I’m not complaining;-)

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