NEW WORKS FROM THE STUDIO OF ART BY WENDY
That's me with one of my drawing demos during the tour
Weekend One is over but still more to come on the Langley Art Studio Tour. We will be back at it again all this coming weekend, Sept 28 & 29 - 51 artists, 27 studios and 4 Stops of Interest. I am at Special Stop of Interest D, which is the Langley Gallery and Art Center. We had a pretty busy weekend both days despite the heavy rains on Sunday. What better way to spend a rainy day then wondering from one Artist Studio to another. You get to see where they work, how they work and works in progress as well as the finished ones. My only problem with being in the tour is I can't visit the other studios!!
I have been offering free Drawing Demos during each of the weekends, 11am and 1:30pm each day. It was very exciting to hear the reaction. My focus was drawing people using the "Line of Action" and then blocking in the head, chest, and hips. Following that with blocking in 3 sections for the arms and 3 for the legs. This creates a shape that has movement and mass which can then be refined as much as needed to put into a painting. Everyone was amazed at how quickly the movement was captured and when I "dressed' the image by focusing on the darks it really came alive. It was great to hear the comments "I can't wait to try it". "It looks so easy." "You really captured the movement". "Thank you, that has really helped me." It made for a very rewarding day.
If you want to work with the "Line of Action" check out the YouTube video "A Guide to Gesture Drawing" by Sycra. It is about 20 minutes long. He gives lots of great examples using the Line of Action. I would suggest you have your pencil and paper ready and work along with him. After you have 'the line of action' he uses more gestures but if you work with the body sections as I suggested you will be amazed at how quickly the body develops. Good luck with this and have fun. Let me know if you are having problems and would like a little help or better still come to one of the demos this weekend.
Info and maps: www.langleyartstudiotour.ca