Pencil Sketches by Gillian Hurt
My Plan for February 2020 was to begin a serious venture into plein air painting in the French countryside. Enter the pandemic and a series of lock-downs and prohibitions. Those cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards would have to wait.
I channeled my creative energy into a virtual 8-week Mastering Composition Drawing Course offered by artist Ian Roberts who specializes in teaching Plein Air workshops. An online community of 60 artists was born, as we shared and critiqued each other’s work for months.
Armed with a no. 2 pencil and using concepts like value mass, structure, and pictorial logic, the early “mark making” exercises became the basis from which to transform squares and rectangles into what else, the wondrous landscapes of France.