Sandy set up a sketch class last year but like a lot of ex-pats had to leave at short notice so it ended just as we were all starting to relax and enjoy it. Or maybe that was just me - I'm not a team player and I don't feel comfortable when I'm drawing in company, it's very hard to relax and concentrate. It took a huge effort to go every week but I did and learned something about myself in the process.The first week I was there, they were doing line drawings without taking the pencil off the paper. This is one of the exercises in Betty Edward's book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I had heard of this book back in the 70's when it first came out and thought it was just another crappy 'how to' book. I've looked at so many and most times I don't like the artist's style anyway. So I hadn't even looked at this book. Now over twenty years later I see that she has written about everything that I've taught myself and found out slowly the hard way! It's a great book and it had some eye-openers for me too, like the exercises on drawing from an upside-down image and drawing using negative spaces only.
I'm sure this is going to look confusing but I can't put the photos in the order I want them in the same post. I've tried to put the older ones first but it hasn't worked - Blogger inserts them as they appear in the drafts no matter what order you send them. The whole Blogger template looks upside down to me, but then my brain seems to work differently to everyone elses! Why am I even showing this old stuff? Well, I haven't told anyone about my blog and I'm enjoying talking to myself! Besides, who on earth would be interested?