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Last Year’s Louvre

These are my drawings from last year’s Studio Escalier classes at the Louvre. If you’d like a quick flick through you can also look at the video of this sketchbook. Noticing a Narrative I noticed as I was drawing these sculptures that they each have a particular set of emotional resonances; some are immediately apparent from… Read more »

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Drawings from the sculptures in the Louvre

A video of my sketchbook from drawing in the Louvre this winter. Many of these drawings were done during Studio Escalier’s Winter at the Louvre programme: Louvre Sculpture Drawings from Helen Frost on Vimeo. This makes for an interesting comparison with my Paris drawings from the previous trip and I’ll be posting more of the drawings from this trip as… Read more »

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City of Light: Indelible drawing

City of light: I’m in Paris at the moment. It’s wonderful. Sometimes I walk around, smiling at each increment of wonder. I wish there were a better way to burn all this to my memory. I try to take pictures when I see something amazing. I probably have thousands, yet even more that I didn’t manage… Read more »

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All day drawing….come draw with me

As many of you know I’ve been missing long pose life drawing, so I’ve decided to organise some; here are the details: We will be drawing in north light and there will be one elegant, classically inspired pose all day. We will be drawing in a calm and professional atmosphere with an experienced model. Breaks are… Read more »

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Long lost poses, or rather, lost; long poses…I miss them!

I haven’t posted drawings for ages, partly because it’s been impossible to set up longer poses, which I desperately miss, along with the beauty, consistency and subtlety north light. Shorter poses don’t offer the same opportunity to correct errors and seek out the best gesture and although they are a different discipline in themselves; I… Read more »

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Do you stand or sit when you draw or paint?

Do you stand or sit when you draw or paint? I had a fascinating discussion the other day with two artist friends; these are some of our thoughts on the issue: If you usually stand, how would you feel about sitting? Why do you think it matters? Sight-size/standing back from When working in sight size… Read more »

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Drawing in museums

I often draw in museums but whenever I go I want to make the most of my time there. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and experiences, as well as thinking through some ideas for my next few projects. Why draw in a museum? Museum drawing is a very valuable learning resource. The… Read more »

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Pragmatic Pyramids

In december I spent three weeks drawing in the Louvre with Studio Escalier, Paris. Three weeks seems like a really long time to draw but there were other constraints on my drawing time (other than the cultural experience that is lunch en francais): Security and Queues These can take up a surprising amount of time…. Read more »

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Paris Drawings

Here are some of my drawngs from the Louvre. Most of the drawings are from sculptures in the Cour Puget and the Cour Marly, both in the Denon wing of the Louvre. I drew these during my three weeks with Studio Escalier in Paris. You can read more about my Paris trip in my posts… Read more »

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December in Paris: Living in the Louvre

I’ve just returned from three weeks in Paris, living in the Louvre – well,  visiting daily for a few weeks. It was truly incredible. I kept catching myself walking around with an enormous grin. Vastness For those who have never visited the Louvre (do go), it is jaw dropping. Or if you may like to… Read more »