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Today I hit the calligraphy ink and have the black fingernails to prove it. I may also have proved it by dropping my brush on an expensive looking leather bag someone thoughtfully put under my easel. It wasn’t a black bag. But let’s not dwell on that while the owner isn’t.

I haven’t painted in, well, a long time. It was nice to get a feel for the fan brush again (I used a 1″ fan brush for these). Next time it’s bigger paper or a smaller brush for a little more control.

Mayhem, mess and mistakes. Ce la vie.

I’ve been pondering my life drawing, feeling like it’s not where it should be. I’ve been looking at old drawings, thinking about my Sketchbook Project and wondering how it all fits or doesn’t fit together. So I thought it might be a nice pause, between The Sketchbook Project and what’s next, do a short history.

In 2011 I started attending a class that I really like but unfortunately has some space restrictions and no easels. So no big ink paintings for me. I wasn’t exactly what you would call regular. I slowly lost direction and wound up here in 2012, drawing just the way I was at home on The Sketchbook Project. Which is fine, but why go? Time for a kick start again.

So i’m packing up my ink set and heading out to try some new classes, mix them in with the old one and see what comes out. Buckle in and keep your eye out for progress shots, i’m not sure where it’s headed but that’s sort of the point.

I’ve been pondering my life drawing, feeling like it’s not where it should be. I’ve been looking at old drawings, thinking about my Sketchbook Project and wondering how it all fits or doesn’t fit together. So I thought it might be a nice pause, between The Sketchbook Project and what’s next, do a short history.

2010 was much of the same good time, ink flying action as 2009 at Dynamic Drawing. Going to work in corporate office land with black fingernails is just my kind of subversive and 2010 had plenty of black nail days. The fun didn’t stop, until it did, when Ron the facilitator move back to Northern NSW.

I’ve been pondering my life drawing, feeling like it’s not where it should be. I’ve been looking at old drawings, thinking about my Sketchbook Project and wondering how it all fits or doesn’t fit together. So I thought it might be a nice pause, between The Sketchbook Project and what’s next, do a short history.

In 2009 I dated a man who was attending some very curious sounding life drawing classes. I had been looking for a life drawing class for awhile and not found one I enjoyed. My university course involved multiple drawing classes every week and life drawing was my favourite. So later that year, when the man moved out of town, I moved in to claim a spot in Ron Curran’s Dynamic Drawing class. It flipped my lid.