|7/2/21 Madrone tree, Washington Park Arboretum|
Taught by Kristin Frost, whom I first became acquainted with last December during her excellent Drawing Jam demo, the class meets at a different city park each week this month. In my experience, most “all levels” drawing classes begin slowly with an intro to materials and basic techniques. In our first class last Friday at the Washington Park Arboretum, we took on a heavy-hitting topic as soon as we sat down in the grass: composition! This is a subject I have been wanting to tackle, so her immediate approach to it surprised and delighted me. Although it wasn’t billed as such, the class seems to be aimed at a higher experience level, which I am very pleased by.
This class is special to me in another way: It is my first in-person class in 16 months! As much as I appreciated being able to continue taking Gage classes throughout the pandemic, I am extremely tired of Zoom. I am not quite ready to go back into the classroom, but this plein air class is exactly what I need as a transition. As I drew this Madrone in the shade of the arboretum’s enormous trees, a breeze cooling the mid-70s temperature, I couldn’t think of many ways in which I could be happier or more serene while taking a class (or happier, period).
|We started by making several thumbnails to plan potential compositions.|
|The thumbnail at lower left was the one I chose to pursue in the drawing at the top of the page. But I changed the aspect ratio of the drawing, and I think my thumbnail composition was better than the final drawing.|