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Plein-aire portability: a quick tip

If you have tried your hand at landscape painting, you may have found, as I did, that taking your wet paintings home at the end of the day without damaging them can be quite a challenge. It is very disappointing to find your carefully painted passages marked and smeared all over the rest of your… Read more »

Velasquez at the Grand Palais, Paris

Velázquez exhibition at the Grand Palais from Wednesday 25 March 2015 to Monday 13 July 2015 I have been entranced by the work of Velasquez since I first saw his portrait of Phillip IV in brown and silver in the National Gallery in London. It was one of those moments. Even many years later I… Read more »

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Paris en plein-air

Recently I’ve made a few excursions painting in Paris. Although it’s been steep learning curve in both painting and logistics, I’ve concluded that it is a painter’s paradise; balmy weather, beautiful subjects, well-shaded streets, squares and gardens as well as plenty of public toilets. In case you’re planning something similar, whether you are or in… Read more »

Portraits of the Golden Age

This exhibition, ‘Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age’ is on until the end of 2016 at The Hermitage in Amsterdam. It’s a collaboration between The Hermitage, The Rijks Museum and Amsterdam Museum.

What struck me most was how it connected 17th century Holland to the present day Amsterdam, not just in terms of historical fact but in emotional resonance.

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 »

Poster Processes

This is a collection of studies from my last few painting classes with Studio Escalier. They are mostly unfinished but for the purposes of reflection and analysis that’s useful, as it allows me to notice particular sticking points and identify where I am consistently making errors. Colour poster studies I found the colour poster study to be an endlessly fascinating and… Read more »

After LARA: a year later

I found this in my drafts folder, long overdue for posting now but somehow appropriate to the present, reflecting on my time at LARA: Stop Motion It felt really strange to go back to the real world, like I have somehow returned to my life from a brief sojourn in another world. In some ways… Read more »

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 »

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 »

  • Touch drawings

    Touch: different drawings

    Drawing differences Drawing short and long poses are radically different experiences: Fast drawings are all focus and immediacy. There is no time for reflection, no analysis or second guesses. They are completely now, always in the perfect moment. I feel really energised after doing fast drawings, wide awake and ready for anything. Oddly I feel… Read more »

  • LARA: One year on…before and after drawings

    LARA, one year on A year is a milestone. An opportunity to reflect on my goals, progress and problems and plan for next year. There’s just one issue with that; I didn’t really have any sufficiently clear goals when I started this year, I just wanted to improve my drawing skills. I did improve my… Read more »

  • LARA Term 3 – drawings and reflections

    As you can see, this term went badly in comparison to Term 1 and Term 2: It would be much easier not to post these as they are poor. In fact this makes it all the more important that I do post them; much more so than when things are going well. There are a… Read more »

  • Art – Exhibition Mission

    This is my list of places I want to go and exhibitions I want to see, along with when to go and how to get there. First things first I’ve organised it in terms of the most time critical, i.e. ending soon, when I’ve got a while to get there and whenever I’m in the… Read more »

  • Dichotomy of drawing

    I have just discovered a whole dichotomy of drawing that I never knew existed; the visual versus the constructional. That is drawings which rely on recreating a purely visual image in comparison with those with a sculptural or anatomical foundation. I am thinking in terms of academic systems of drawing, or rather more significantly the… Read more »

  • Drawn to remember

    Drawing has an interesting relationship to memory. When you draw from your imagination you are in essence drawing from memory, your imagination being comprised of reconstituted fragments of your personal visual library, albeit reconstituted according to your own ideas and direction. Sketchbook memories I have remarked before in my Sketchbook that I have incredibly clear… Read more »

  • Starting with the skull: anatomy

    I’m starting with the skull in my quest to draw the figure from memory. It’s my benchmark for learning anatomy and a great way to check that I am actually making progress in line with my anatomy strategy. We covered this in one of the LARA anatomy sessions last term. It all made perfect sense… Read more »

  • Portrait Drawing: a learning process

    This was my first portrait drawing at LARA, which I completed during my second term. I learnt a lot but I regret not asking for more help with it; though it was done as an extra evening study rather than in class time. I think it could have been much better….next time! It was my… Read more »

  • LARA Term 2: Drawings and Reflections

    My second term at LARA: More drawings I was pleased to get a lot more drawing done this term, in comparison with last term, although it did mean many long dark days. The term didn’t get off to a great start thanks to the various grades of cold and flu that were circulating in London… Read more »

  • Watteau – Drawings at the Royal Academy

    Watteau: The Drawings at the Royal Academy is showing until the 5th June 2011. I visited last week and loved the versatility and immediacy of his trois crayon technique. I suppose I am a bit of a heathen when it comes to art history; I don’t know enough of it and my efforts to learn… Read more »

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