Continuing the David Park-inspired life drawing session outlined in yesterday’s blog post, we turned our attention to the application of colour. Gary Long showed us some of his paintings, as well as those of David Park and the other San Francisco Bay Area painters to give us an idea of the techniques used. Gary used gouache for his paintings but in the absence of that medium here, I used watercolour. Not quite as opaque, but I was able to block areas in accordingly. Here are my paintings:

It was lovely to be life drawing again, albeit from a screen. I treasure these sessions and don’t take their happening for granted. To be able to take part in something at the other end of the country from my studio is simply fabulous.

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I delighted in treating myself to an online life drawing session with my favourite art school this week: St Ives School of Painting. The session was hosted by Gary Long, who regards the life drawings of David Park, one of the San Francisco Bay Area painters as a key influence on his own work. Indeed, Gary nearly studied in San Francisco himself  before his life took him to another part of the world to study instead. Gary focused on the life drawing techniques of David Park during this session.

The first part of the session started with loose outlines in pencil,  as we were encouraged to view these as preliminary drawings for any paint that may be overlaid afterwards. These are my drawings:

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This month’s online life drawing session was Klimt-themed from the St Ives School of Painting. Our Tutor, Tom Rickman had organised a fabulous series of poses with Kerry, our model. It felt as if I hadn’t used pastels for such a long time and it was simply glorious to do so.

All drawings were in charcoal and pastels, and I used textured watercolour paper throughout. Here are my drawings from the rest of the session:

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The Diebenkorn-inspired life drawing session by the School of Painting, St Ives was simply delightful. Led by Gary Long, I learned about the 1960s San Francisco Bay Area figurative movement (who included Diebenkorn) and their style of life drawing.

Gary Long taught me in a week-long life drawing workshop several years ago in St Ives. His invaluable tuition has remained with me and in my life drawing practice to this day. It was fabulously inspiring to be taught by him again, even for a short couple of hours.

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A recent online life drawing from the School of Painting, St Ives focused on the style of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. Led by Hilary Jean Gibson, it was wonderful to learn and practice a few of the different poses and styles of this period.

You can see my other sketches here: Lynne Forrester, Artist: Life Drawings inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites – Lynne Forrester Artist

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