It began in the 60s (Life drawing at art college). Rather academic, measured and judged (by tutors etc). When told something “worked” or “didn’t work” I couldn’t understand. Didsbury Drawing allowed me the freedom to understand what drawing is. By looking, feeling, and making marks spontaneously, I slowly got the confidence to use materials loosely_ with pencil, ink, charcoal, colour washes, and smudges et cetera to describe not just shape and outline, but mood, presence, movement, weight and personality.
It can be very positive and exciting when it “works”… most drawings are done quickly. In painting, I try to keep the same spontaneity, but with more thought and references, to construct the statement I’m trying to make. Whether abstract or figurative (as most of these examples are), I’m aiming to explain a mood or situation.
Sometimes it works!
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Jackie Mitchell 2021 ©