Thursday, November 23, 2006

Opening 'Guide France' - Part 2: Musee Picasso




It was an interesting experience drawing Picasso's paintings, there infront of the great man himself (or so it seemed) and amidst a large ever moving crowd.

I sat on benches in the middle of the rooms or stood when there were none. People came up to look at my drawings, sometimes sitting next to me to sneak peaks at my progress. On top of this I had decided my brush texta-style pens would be the quickest and easiest (and I didn't want a confrontation over using watercolours in the gallery). The brush pens make that texta squeak as you draw, and I was drawing fast so the squeaking was prominent.

In order to survive all these external influences and distractions I had to focus on getting the simple 'facts' of the painting down.

I found I hadn't brought my black brush pen and had to use my .8 and scribble to quickly fill the large black areas. I also didn't have all of the colours I needed.

The only thing I had left was to relax into it, free up, scribble and scrawl as best I could. I remembered - almost seemingly on a cellular level - the old lessons I had 'learned' from Picasso from books back home, the lessons on being free and getting it down regardless. I felt the spirit of Picasso there approved in a humorous way, of my scratching out images in texta right there amidst everything. I think he would have liked it, after all he used anything and everything in creating his art, nothing was 'sacred', not until it was done that is.

7 comments:

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Well done, and I really enjoyed reading about the process. You must feel like you know the paintings in a deeper way now.

Hashi said...

Brava! I love the looseness and the use of whatever you had at hand.

Laura said...

The choice of pen was brilliant! I would never have thought of that and yet, with these, you really captured that Picasso spirit!

janey said...

Pablo would have like these I'm sure. And those colors are so bold. I can hear your pen squeaking in the gallery.

Alison said...

Essence od Picasso via Jan - wonderful - love the write-up too.

Katherine said...

Great sketches. The painting I liked the best was the one of the monumental women which is at the top of the stairs - done using a very limited palette.

That museum completely changed my mind about Picasso - I defy anybody to go there and not be impressed by the man.

Anonymous said...

wonderful art and a wonderful experience. It's so much for meaningful to draw something and really really look at it. beautiful work!