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Susannah Blaxill: Fine Graphite Drawing 21st-22nd September 2019

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The Drawing Workshop will focus on fine drawing skills and the methods and materials used to build up tone, form and fine detail to complete a work using graphite dust and graphite pencils.

Susannah Blaxill established her career as a painter in London in the mid 1980’s, where she had 2 sell out solo exhibitions before returning to live in Australia in 1992. She has paintings in public and private collections around the world and has been exhibited widely through England, Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Amongst many publications, her work has been featured on the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times.

Others have said of her work the following:
“There is no doubt that Susannah Blaxill is one of the great botanical artists” Shirley Sherwood OBE
“What makes Blaxill an outstanding artist ….. is that she compels the viewer to see the everyday in a new way ….. The good and great have always had this capacity to take the obvious and infuse it with all the wonder of creative discovery” Michael Reid, Art Critic, The Weekend Australian.

Susannah’s paintings and drawings are worked in Watercolour, Charcoal, Graphite and Ink. Examples of her paintings and drawings can been seen on her web site www.blaxill.com and her very finely worked ink drawings can be viewed on Instagram: Susannah Blaxill (Artist)

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The Drawing Workshop will focus on fine drawing skills and the methods and materials used to build up tone, form and fine detail to complete a work using graphite dust and graphite pencils.
To begin with I will show you how to quickly and easily sharpen a pencil for both tone work and fine detail, and how to use a kneadable and a plastic eraser to both rub out and to draw with.
We will look at the different types of graphite blending methods such as paper stumps, paper torchons, and brushes. We will also discuss other less familiar methods of blending such as using a chamois leather, various different types of cloth, and a “Sofft” pastel blending sponge.
Every technique will be demonstrated many times with each student throughout the course of the workshop.  There will be discussions about the choice of papers, interesting and informative books on pencil artists and drawing techniques, online courses and the various tools on the market that are useful with fine drawing.
For those students who are interested, I will also teach work using a fine ink pen on cold pressed watercolour paper which gives very creative and interesting results.
Two weeks before the class begins, you will receive by email my suggestions for drawing subjects. I will also bring some subjects to the workshop.
I would encourage each student to bring subjects with them that they are interested in and would like to draw. As we only have 2 days, please make sure that the chosen subjects are small. A whole Banksia head for example would be too big a project to tackle in the time that we have. We will also determine at the beginning of the workshop which subject is most suitable for each student. To help me to decide this, please bring any sketchbooks and drawings with you that have been begun or completed, as this will help me to determine the learning stage you have reached and how to best go forward.

Susannah Blaxill established her career as a painter in London in the mid 1980’s, where she had 2 sell out solo exhibitions before returning to live in Australia in 1992. She has paintings in public and private collections around the world and has been exhibited widely through England, Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Amongst many publications, her work has been featured on the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times.

Others have said of her work the following:
“There is no doubt that Susannah Blaxill is one of the great botanical artists” Shirley Sherwood OBE
“What makes Blaxill an outstanding artist ….. is that she compels the viewer to see the everyday in a new way ….. The good and great have always had this capacity to take the obvious and infuse it with all the wonder of creative discovery” Michael Reid, Art Critic, The Weekend Australian.

Susannah’s paintings and drawings are worked in Watercolour, Charcoal, Graphite and Ink. Examples of her paintings and drawings can been seen on her web site www.blaxill.com and her very finely worked ink drawings can be viewed on Instagram: Susannah Blaxill (Artist)

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