Its not often you get the opportunity to savour those moments of quiet particularly when making a trip to the boisterous city of Liverpool. And in contrast to my last post about the dynamic world of street art, I can find no better excuse than to take my sketchbook and pencils to the quiet eeriness of the sculpture room at Walker Art Gallery.
|One of my fave places to sit and stare!|
It was one of my New Years resolutions to make time to sit and study some of the amazing sculptures in the gallery. You can’t argue. It’s inexpensive apart from a small donation (more if you get cake and coffee). And it gives me the chance to improve my analytical skills, i.e. I get better at simply looking.
Drawing what I see. Noticing the subtle variations in tone, shade and light. My first drawings are usually rubbish until I get into my stride. Then I start to notice that I’m taking careful steps in adjusting angles, getting measure of the cold stare of the stone statue and accurately depicting light/dark levels. If its one thing I’ve learnt drawing marble sculptures is extremely difficult and hence one of the best ways to improve your skill. In the past, artists would train by going to museums daily copying the work of the Old Masters. There was no better way.
So I will continue my occasional journeys to the Walker and sit amongst my quiet friends knowing that I join a long line of previous artists who have done the same.
Walker Art Gallery houses one of the largest art collections in the UK
See more at: