Museum London (Ontario) has received an important Group of Seven artwork for its permanent collection. The London Free Press mentions that the untitled sketch on paper in charcoal and pencil was done by Lismer in 1930. Reporter Rumleski says: “Think about artists going out into the natural world and doing sketches. Typically, we don’t put as much recognition on the sketch as we do on the larger piece.” The present show hopes to turn this around by showing that this sketch and others are actually major pieces.
Drawing at a meeting of the SCA
Like Lismer in 1930, artists Helmut Ronacher, Luigi Tiengo and I, members of la Société canadienne de l’aquarelle, likewise drew sketches of our friends at our annual meeting on November 14th. I have posted some of mine here. Maybe many years from now when we are no longer here our “meeting sketches” will also be considered “major pieces” as is Lismer’s sketch today!
Draw while you listen
Most meetings are listening affairs so I have realized that I can practice portrait drawing while I listen. At meetings most people face forward, are attentive and stay relatively still. This gives me the opportunity to draw various facial views depending where I am sitting.
Seating around a table
If members are seated around a table, then it is more difficult to draw participants discretely. In such cases I will revert to drawing small portraits in the margins of distributed papers. Also, I will try to sit as far away from the board members as possible. This gives me a better view of most members.