Saturday, 9 February 2013

Still life drawing–the simple things in life

If you are in London before 7th April and enjoy looking at still life drawings, seek out this delightful little gallery - the Estorick Gallery in Islington which is showing quite a large exhibition of drawings and etchings by the Italian artist, Georgio Morandi. His subject was a group of simple domestic objects which he used for most of his artistic life. He was known as the 'bottle painter'. He worked during the first half of the 20th century - so don't expect conventional drawings. www.estorickcollection.com

If you are in London before 7th Aril and enjoy looking at still life drawings, seek out this delightful little gallery - the Estorick Gallery in Islington which is showing quite a large exhibition of drawings and etchings by the Italian artist, Georgio Morandi. His subject was a group of simple domestic objects which he used for most of his artistic life. He was known as the 'bottle painter'. He worked during the first half of the 20th century - so don't expect conventional drawings. www.estorickcollection.com

I enjoyed this exhibition so much that I spent the next day – yes a whole lovely day – drawing my own group of objects. I was particularly inspired by how Morandi used the negative spaces between objects and how the shaded areas of a 3D form was allowed to merge into this negative space, giving the objects ‘character’. Here is my drawing gallery, each on A2 lining paper, also showing the still life group which I placed on a mirror surface.

3 comments:

  1. How lovely to indulge in a day's drawing.You seem to have had a lot of enjoyment from it.Did Splashy join in?

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  2. What a great idea, I love the looseness of the bottom one in the first image. I'm always looking for subjects to sketch, but when you think of it they're all around us.

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  3. Thank you for the tip! I always have loved Morandis work! What a wonderful opportunity to go to London for a nice little trip!

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