Wow, these drawings, it has to be seen to be believed. I have rarely seen such amazing drawings outside of books and museums; to see them live and with a contemporary sensibility is incredible. To be taught by and with those same people, the artists who made those drawings, is truly a privilege.

I was worried about not having the discipline for traditional methods but having tried a little it seems not so much a case of discipline, as involvement; allowing myself the luxury to keep working on my drawing. At this stage it is mostly the tutors gently pointing out my errors which become glaring even as they explain new ways to see and new ideas to think with.

Cast Ear

It seems essential to put aside my usual, comparatively frenetic, drawing approach in favour of learning new ways to see and think, the power of which I barely comprehend.

Next cast drawing, in charcoal

Charcoal life drawing

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Metadrawer is me, Helen Frost: Artist/Architect/Fire dancer/Freelancer. Metadrawer is a blog of my reflections on drawing and my current studies at LARA. I draw to think, to explain, to communicate, to record, to understand and to express myself. I hope that you will find more questions here than answers and...
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Jenny Coker

The key word is learning. We never stop if we have an enquiring mind. Sometimes the learning seems endless, and we want resolution, but when we as artists compare our work as a time line, we can observe why we have been learning.
You are cresting the wave of discipline in your work and although some may disagree, discipline DOES make you strive to get around, through or over it.
It’s called education and each day holds some.
Good luck with your plans. I so enjoy your posting.
Cheers, Jenny


Thanks for your insight Jenny. I do think that learning, in art as in life, is endless. It is very helpful to pause from time to time and take stock, to see how much progress has been made.
Beset wishes, Helen


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