On Sunday 23rd November we looked at Degas’ pastel drawings.
All the drawings today were ‘quick’, with the longest and last one being just 15 minutes long.
After two line drawings (‘draw on both sides of the line’) in deference to John Berger’s assertion that Degas’ use of heavy black lines was as a protective shield around the naked bathers he watched so intently, we embarked on a series of tonal studies.
These then became the ‘ground’ for intense oil pastel work, keeping Degas’ soft pastels in mind, and in particular the way in which his colours were laid down with open handling in seemingly flat planes, letting his tonal monoprints and drawings provide structure.
Tracing paper provided an approximation of Degas’ technique with surprising and convincing results. Annie, our model, had just come back from looking at Degas in the Musee d’Orsay and is French too ….
Do take a little time to enjoy these four slideshows: