Drawing challenge, Day 26 - Scenery. By the time I got to doing this I was back home and left with the view out of the window. It is an uninspiring jumble of wires and discordant buildings so I cheated and waited until it was dark and i could have a simplified picture of lit windows and silhouettes and an interesting dark blue sky. The great thing about doing a drawing challenge is you end up doing so many things you have never done before.
Drawing challenge, Day 24 - A couple. This is the couple I grew up with, the couple who taught me the meaning of love, honesty and a lot else. Mum and Dad were a couple very much in love all through my life until Dad died a few years ago and left Mum with a hole in her life that nothing and no one can fill. She misses him still but continues to live on her own in the home they shared for their last 18 years together. She is 94 but has no plans to move anywhere else. Bless you Mum.
Horse as described by the artist. David aged 2 years and 1 month
Fish and snake. David aged 2 years and 1 month
Drawing challenge, Day 23 - Something you need. A break and a rest. I almost didn’t do a picture today as I ran out of time and inspiration but then a bath and a thought from how I spent my adolescence playing snooker with my Dad came into my head as a break and a rest, the start of the game and the pole with the rest to help you reach some of the difficult shots. Thanks Dad.
Snake - David age 2
Drawing challenge, Day 22 - Something you miss. Skiathos. A most beautiful Greek Island, close enough to the mainland to be lush and green, small and blissfully free of lots of night clubs, discos and associated drunken youth culture, delightful small beaches, clear blue water teeming with tiny fish, great for early morning runs along the coast road with lots of hills and beach side stretches. An unexpected paradise with a direct flight from Cluj.
Drawing challenge, Day 21 - Something you want. I am pretty happy on the personal level, couldn’t think of anything material or suitable for a family audience. But then I thought of what I would really like for the whole world and so …..
Drawing challenge, Day 20 - Something orange. I don’t have goldfish at home but I did have a video of some from an overseas trip. I threw caution to the wind and used a big brush and the simplest of brush strokes. The approach needs more work but you only get one shot at it (unless you practice first) so what I learned today was there is potential in this and a lot more practice needed.
Drawing challenge, Day 19 - Something new. A potted plant gift for the first of March which is the festival of Martisor in Romania. An early celebration of spring, renewal of hope and confidence for the forthcoming year. We have had an incredibly mild winter (so far) so Martisor really is blessed with buds in the trees and early bees in the garden.
Drawing challenge, Day 18 - Just a doodle. I drew around a beer bottle top on the table and doodled from there. An excuse for not trying too hard or minding that the neck of the beer bottle was out of the frame. Not the same as the doodling I did in the margins and on the covers of school books or on college notes but I didn’t feel in the same mood of aimlessness as I did then.
Drawing challenge, day 17 - Favourite plant. Favourite plant today because of this little flower, the first of 2014, opening to greet the spring sunshine on the balcony. I planted seeds in November and the poor plants struggled all winter with short day length and poor light but survived to produce a delicate bloom and buds of more to come. reason enough to get out the magnifying glass to help me draw this miniature miracle.
Drawing challenge, Day 16 - Inspiration. Without a doubt, Egon Schiele. I first saw his work in the Daily telegraph Magazine when I was a teenager and it inspired me to travel to London, for the first time, on my own to see the exhibition of Viennese Secessionists. Schiele’s confident line, remorseless observation, fascination with hands, with the separation of fingers, with bodies in their natural state has inspired more than just my art. It helped to define what I feel comfortable with. It pointed to a spirit of freedom and non conformity. It was a great place from which to start looking, drawing, painting, feeling.
Drawing challenge, Day 15 - Family picture. Difficult because my closest family is scattered between Romania, the USA, Tunisia and England. I decided to keep with kids and partner and even so didn’t have one picture with us all together. This picture has inspired me to do really big portraits of the boys, something else to add to my oil painting list.
February moon. Work in progress