These are life studies of someone who moves around a lot. I'm trying to hone my speed with these tablet paintings to streamline a painting process that will allow me to get as much out of a sitter without having to take a photo of them. At the moment I'm finding few people who are willing to sit for long periods of time.
Every once and a while a group of CSU undergrads host an art battle, where four individuals from the CSU staff or student body are challenged to paint something on a 2 x 1m mdf board. Today I was given a forresty green and a baby blue. After an hour everyone was given some black.
Sonya Gee took this photo while the install was going on at Annabel Wallace Gallery today.
Above is a drawing I made of my grandmother at the funeral viewing. I'd never been to a viewing before and didn't know what to expect. I was surprised at how different she looked from how I'd drawn her from memory. She looked more like the grandmother that I had remembered and simultaneously, in other ways, less like her.
My grandmother always wore some kind of expression. I can remember joy, confusion, pride, very rarely anger and occasionally sadness, but I'd never seen her look so relaxed.
I'd been given permission by an aunty to draw Dorothy. I think taking a photograph would have been inappropriate in this family context. When another relative asked me how the viewing was I pulled out my tablet to show them my drawing. They immediately protested because they thought I was about to show them a series of photographs of their dead grandmother. There was a huge sense of relief when they saw that it was a drawing.
This story has no end.
I try to draw people but they change so quickly.