How are you today? I Hear that you are going to Dorset to see Granny C next week, I hope the weather stays fine for you and that you have a good time when you go.
I was quite busy today, I completed exercise 3 by seeking inspiration from the last of Butada’s drawings.
Figure 1 (17 08 19 01) Butada III.I Miranda and the singing fishes, Sharpie on A4 photocopy paper
Figure 2 (17 08 19 02) Butada III.II Stranger go tell the Spartans, Sharpie on A4 photocopy paper
Figure 3 (17 08 19 03) Butada III.III Madonna with the cat, Sharpie on A4 photocopy paper
Figure 4 (17 08 19 04) Butada III.IV Dance of the Tuesday Moon, Sharpie on A4 photocopy paper
Figure 5 (17 08 19 05) Butada III.V I really tried to please her, Sharpie on A4 photocopy paper
Figure 6 (17 08 19 06) After Butada, Dance of the Tuesday Moon, Conte crayon on A3 sugar paper
This is not something I would normally do but as Butada suggested the design and the composition I went with the flow. It reminded me of a Matisse so I decided to use bright colours. I deliberately didn’t refresh my memory of La Danse until I was finished and was surprised to find how blue Matisse’s was.
I was quite pleased with the figures without access to a model, I think it may have been easier at A2 with the chalks. I think the mark making is pretty varied, the marks on the male figure is the result of a bit of frottage on a drawing board that had become thick with fixative spray.
It is bright and happy even if the dancers are a little stiff and I like the negative shapes made by the limbs and the horizon. I think with a little more sketching and models it would make a good painting.
Have a good time in Dorset and I will see you when you get back.
All my love