Thursday, 4 March 2010

To err is human...but it's a blumin' nuisance!

It's been a lovely spring day today, if a little rushed for me as tonight is the opening of the West Midlands Open 2010. It's hard for me to concentrate on my work for this, and other reasons, but still I make progress on my new drawing.

The sunshine just won't leave the boxroom alone though, prying into my drawing, distorting it, blurring it, making me squint so I can hardly see what I'm doing at all.

I made a pretty major error with my drawing. I don't know how detrimental this will be to the completed piece. It's more problematic with this one because I'm working on watercolour paper without any 'ground' work laid in with gouache and gesso, so it's blatently obvious that I made a mistake as the drawing will forever be scarred by a raised cicatrix of gouache. Pen and ink might have a 'safe' sound to it, but it's actually quite a dangerous medium to work in, totally unforgiving in fact to the erring draughtsman. Your attention only has to lapse a little and you have ruined your drawing irrevocably.

I've grown adept of disguising my blobs and errors over the years, thought not so imaginatively as David Cox, who transformed the blotches and marks on the wrapping paper he used for his beautiful watercolours into birds, wheeling through the blustery often rain drenched sky.

Last night's Mad Men was as superlative as ever, if a little more cluttered and snappier paced than usual. And this morning I've enjoyed travelling through time via rail at this nifty BBC web gallery. I love old railway posters, beautiful shapes, bright and breezy colours, liberating and optimistic. Was there ever a time when they didn't drip nostalgia? Even when they were brand new? I love them in the same way that I love the old Shell posters, many of which were designed by well known artists and illustrators of the day including Graham Sutherland and Edward Ardizzone. Travel is food for the mind, the body and the soul. That's what I've always found, anyway.


Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Oh! I'm so sorry! Whenever my instructor has suggested pen and ink I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach for just the very reasons you mention!

I just put a big black streak across the current portrait I'm working on that I can't completely remove. I'm working my hardest to hide it but that area still looks "off" compaired to the surrounding bits.

Just think though, if you continue on with the piece, someday that is what may make it extremely valuable. One of my favourites, "The Scream" (the original one) has wax blown onto the corner of it from the artist working by candle light. I love to hear the stories that surround paintings such as these!

Kay said...

I've had a lot of experience covering up my mistakes PC. Maybe I'll do a practical blog entry about it later.