One of the targets I have set myself to work on this year is to draw some panorama pieces. I have some record of doing this previously as my art has developed.
My first one came in July 2017 when the buyers of my Beach Huts original commissioned a larger version of a colour pencil sketch of Swanage Bay. I drew it on paper and although the land went well the sea in ProMarkers was no good and they did not want it – I knew it hadn’t worked and was quite disheartened and decided it was far too early for me to attempt commissions.
In September 2017 I had my next go of St James’ church in Kingston – there was a planned church fete and I thought I would do a piece for it, the fete was cancelled at the last minute. The piece has never sold, I had bought a panorama frame from The Range for it and this needs replacing now. I was much more please with my work on both the trees and building this time.
That Christmas I did my first year at Artisans on the Beach and had two 80 x 30 canvases left to use. I did two contrasting pieces, neither of which sold and I now have at home. The first was View from my beach hut which I used in sessions at Swanage Primary School and hangs in my studio/office at home.
A simplified piece omitting railings and much detail in the foreground. I drew this while sat on the seafront outside my beach hut drawing with the ProMarkers which didn’t always like the weather conditions temperature wise.
Then there was a gathering while we were at the huts for World Fatbike Day. Charlie from the bike shop in Swanage at he time sent me the photos taken pre ride and I used it to draw a record of the ride, again app sold and hanging on my wall. This was an early attempt at drawing those dreaded people that I usually avoided including in pieces. Again I worked on this while sat on the seafront much to the interest of passers by.
I was pleased with the detail in the background let alone the cyclists and their bikes.
The next piece was to be a Kraft paper wrap of a photo canvas that I didn’t want. Moving from pigment liners and ProMarkers to a pen and ink styled piece of the drystone walls at the back of Hillview where we lived at the time. Bought by Alan and Julie who have it in their cottage in the village.
The detail in this piece drawn by observation from our a utility room indoors as mind blowing with 4 hours p,u spent in total on chippings on the ground. It was my most extensive drystone wall at the time looking at how wall styles differed. The wall to the right in the foreground was more resident than the wall around the property in the background which also had two distinct ages based on the walling style and size of stones used.
In February I then went on to draw second drystone panorama. The walls went well but the sky and background wasn’t as pleasing – unsold I still have it at home. It shows the two distinct walls by the entrance to The English a stamp Company on the Langton Matravers to Kingston top road. More complex wall designs. This time I took photos when there was some snow on the ground and drew from photos. Back to using ProMarkers for colour.
The ProMarker canvases do fade easily over time on canvas, much less so on paper. So I bought myself a large paper roll to draw on but then found out framing and mounting may be a major obstacle so bought a triple pack of 80 x 30 cm canvases in one of the winter sales. My intention to try some panoramas but this time to draw using Posca markers which I now have a wider collection of.
I have collated my panorama shots taking locally and am going to draw series starting with canvases and investigate getting prints made if I am happy with the outcome. My first choice is a view at low tide looking north along Swanage Bay from Ocean Bay where Shore Road heads to Ulwell and the seawall path continues below the cliffs.
So far I have put in some time drawing over two shop days and adding a grid on paper pieces to help plan the picture. The methodical approach was discarded quite quickly as I have selected particular features to build the scene up.
Friday’s progress from scratch:
Today and ready to continue with:
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