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-- 08 August, 2004 --

Wet Canvas WDE 7 August


The Weekend Drawing Event on the Wet Canvas art site for this weekend has been a series of landscape photographs that the host took during a trip to British Columbia. I find landscapes scary because of all of the 'stuff'. Add this to the new oil pastels and we end up with an inferiorty complex of mammoth size. This has been compounded by reading an art mag in front of the telly last night. All of those publication perfect pictures make me think that I should be taking up knitting instead of banging my head against a brick wall!

At the beginning of this term the visiting speaker to our staff meeting was a psychologist named Joann Deak. One of the things that she talked about was the different ways that people process information. She described a continuum with 'trees' at one end and 'forests' at the other. It was another slant on convergent and divergent thinking but basically she said that the 'trees' are big on the details of a process while the 'forests' see the big picture but have little patience with the details. I think that I am an extreme 'forest' because anything with lots of nit-picky little details throws me into a spin. I think that that is why I prefer to draw simple things like shells or faces but landscape or cityscapes are too complicated.

This painting was done with oil pastels (Sennelier and Holbein) on Cotman 300gms watercolour paper. I prepared the paper with a blue graded watercolour wash which I covered with a glaze of clear Colourfix Primer. It was intended for the clouds class in the Oil Pastel forum on Wet Canvas but, when I saw the photos for this WDE, I decided to use it for that instead.

Posted by robynls at August 8, 2004 5:13 PM


For a while I had a mental block with trees, I felt I couldn't do them justice and my attempts at drawing them were basic....but then I just treated like any other subject I drew and it became easy to depict them. You should take some pride in this landscape, because the trees look like trees, and forests are there as well. I suspect with oil pastel it would be very hard to detail work because of their thickness?

Posted by: Detlef at August 9, 2004 11:02 AM

You have been the busy one. I am thrilled to see all the new work - pastels and all. I am also roaming around WC but haven't posted as pictures _still no scanner running but coming soon to our neighbourhood :)
Thanks for sharing Z

Posted by: Zoe at August 22, 2004 5:14 AM

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