Sunday, March 6, 2011

The world becomes fresh and hopeful and new, when we create. ~ Lynda Lehmann

Sometimes, life gets ahead of me. With all the best intentions, I have not made it back here to blog. Inspired to create, but not to write. Where has it been, my enthusiasm? It's currently residing in the hands of the administrators for OCAD University, where I applied to go back to school, and do my Masters of Fine Art degree.

The application went in near the end of January, and I have been enthusiastically waiting to her back from them. It's about all I can think of. I didn't want to blog until I heard some news about it, but then, I had expected to be called for an interview by now. No such luck, but as ever, I am hopeful. While I wait, I boost my hope and feelings with creating.

This semester, I am taking a class called Anatomy for Artists. Learning and studying the underlying muscles and bone structure is fascinating to me. We spent the first 2 classes drawing the skeleton, and the class after that drawing from a plastic figure that looks like a person who has had his skin peeled off to reveal the musculature. Since then, we have been drawing from life models, and what a joy it has been!

For this class session, we were focusing in on the torso - front and back. The mistake I made in the second drawing: I had only a rough outline of his face by the end of the pose, and tried to go back and complete his face after the class - from memory. Ugh! Wrecked the drawing!

The next class we focused on the hips and legs. I added as much detail of arms or torso as was needed to show his position, but tried to learn from the previous mistake and didn't fill in details of his face without him in front of me

Next, we had a female model. A few shorter poses, before focusing in on the head and face for two poses.

With a different female model in the next session, we then worked on arms, hands and feet.

In between classes, I have been doing a variety of things. I have some new abstracts to post. I also just got a set of Pan Pastels and some Scratchbord, both of which are exciting new mediums to work with. I'll post those results in the next few days.

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