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Friday, 20 February 2015

CAPTURED _WEEKEND EDITION.

Me and Sue Beyer, fellow artist and friend got captured by The Weekend Edition recently. 


You can find more pics of the night here.

We went to one of GOMA's Up Late Series , during the Future Beauty 30 years of Japanese Fashion Exhibition. 


It was a great night and Japanese Punk Band Shonen Knife rocked up a storm.


Sunday, 15 February 2015

LIFEDRAWING - 2015.

Hello everyone, 
today I am showing three of my recent works from my weekly life drawing class. I have been going to a tutored Life Drawing Class for nearly 18 months and I am very happy with the results. I never thought, I would be able to draw like this, but with the help of my teachers Ryan Daffurn and Scott Breton, who have been very patient and structured in their approach...I had this breakthrough in drawing the human figure.
Through this commitment to ongoing learning, I am now  able to formulate ideas through drawing, therefore complementing my vision. 



 In my opinion this is what learning technical skills is all about... it is a means to an end, helping you to feel confident in your own art making and therefore helping to shape what you want to express to yourself and to the world.  It is about you finding your creative voice and unique expression, regardless of what other people think.



Both of my teachers, demystified the concept of " drawing perfectly"..casting aside the notion of my drawing having to look good, suggesting to just concentrate on the task before me... 
With this pressure being out of the way and an atmosphere of non-judgement, I just looked at the figure in terms of masses and lines, without getting caught up in detail. I never felt like I was " not good enough" , which is at least in my opinion the most important gift an art teacher can give you.  


 I am very grateful for their teaching, as they have given me the confidence to tackle problems in painting and drawing, which I have been avoiding consistently through all my years of practice. The only reason why I was so resistant to drawing in a slow and structured manner was a deeply held belief, that I just can't do it and will never be able to draw or paint like that. This creative block was THE only barrier, it was not my ability to draw or mark making.IIt was my mind telling me, that it is impossible. 
In my teaching, I therefore place a lot of importance in supporting my students to trust their creative intuition and to uncover their creative barriers, as it is never about your ability in drawing or painting, it is about your disbelief in yourself.