Nancy Farmer at Ilminster Arts Centre, photo is copyright of Ian Lynes

Filth, depravity and a light lunch with coffee

I spent an enjoyable few hours at Ilminster Arts Centre (where I currently have a solo exhibition), in my ‘artist-in-lurking’ capacity. The exhibition is stewarded and I don’t have to be there at all, but I feel it does no harm to spend some time there on hand to talk to people should they wish to. On occasion the mere being there and talking to people has led to sales which I am sure would not have happened without the human connection. People often like to how how it’s done, sometimes even why it’s done (a more difficult question). Which…

Life Drawings at Pawlett 16.3.13

What with posting about my pet plagiarist, I didn’t have time to post these drawings last weekend, but I did finally get to another Life Drawing session. These were mostly not the length of poses that I like best – the 4 short 5-minute poses are the sort of thing I like, but then the same seated pose for… er…  what seemed like a very long time, meant I had to move round and draw from different angles, which explains the two pairs of near-identical poses. But still, it did for once mean I put some effort into actually drawing…

Nancy Farmer's Fairy Calendar: Sketch for June.

Don’t try this at home…

The June sketch of my calendar pictures: 6 fairies for the sixth month. A teetering tower of bodies all balanced in the most unlikely fashion, topped with a wine-pourer for a little twist of extra silliness and perhaps to dispel an impression that this is all about yoga. (I have nothing against yoga, I was very enthusiastic about yoga for nearly a year, once, and can probably still do a passable headstand, but it’s all a bit too pure and wholesome for my art!) Of course my title applies to the carefully balancing of one person (or fairy) on top…

Our generous fellow student, stepping in as life model at the last moment...

What’s the point of Life Drawing?

This is not a rhetorical question. I don’t mean it in the sense that one might ask ‘What’s the point of Simon Cowell?’ because there is undoubtedly a lot of point in life drawing; in fact there are a number of different very good points to life drawing, and that is exactly my problem. I don’t draw from life when I compose my paintings. I may occasionally grimace in the mirror or hold up a hand or an elbow to see the outline of it at a certain angle, but on the whole I am drawing (no pun intended) upon…

2012-6: life drawing in pencil and pastel by Nancy Farmer

Life Drawing Sketches, Pawlett, March 2012

Well, the flower fairy of monkshood is finished, but I haven’t yet had time to scan her. In the meantime, I went life drawing on Saturday, so I thought I would show you the results. I hadn’t managed to get to any life drawing sessions since about October of last year so I was quite pleased to get some results I was happy with – not so much a lack-of-practice thing as the fact that some days just don’t go right with life drawing! Anyway, here they are: They’re all in pencil, with a little pastel added with a cotton…