I went to a little village called Cutar on the southern coast of Spain during the Month of July in order to ‘return to drawing.’ It had been some time I had used drawing to inform my art practice, so wanted to refresh my approach. I had discovered a Drawing holiday run by Martyn Blundell and pretty much signed up for it on the spot. I had used ideas based on Martyn Blundell’s work before, as an innovative approach to teach drawing to my students. Martyn Blundell is an artist and lecturer, who uses many disciplines such as videos, photographs and drawing which are often inspired from the making and transforming of different types of lists. What first drew me in to his art practice, was his way of connecting artists; forming collaborations to instigate new ideas and unexpected artworks, incorporating new media technologies as well as traditional methods to translate a thought-provoking message. So, I was really excited about what I could learn from the experience.
Below is a link to Martyn Blundell’s website.
This is the weather at Elephant and Castle as we left for Stanstead.
Although not totally thrilled with what I did produce, I think I have made a positive start on my return to drawing. I now need time to process everything and utilize information gained from the evening crits, and work out the next steps.
So the weather was really hot and dry. It did not rain once. We went to lots of really interesting drawing spots each day as well as checking out local markets, eating tapas and swimming in the sea. Below is a mixture of drawings from my sketchbook and also photographs of drawing spots.
I thought the drawing trip was really good. I hope to go again with Martyn in the future and also go on some of my own excursions. A drawing trip stops you putting things off, as at home, I will tidy the fridge or do the laundry or plan a lesson. Drawing takes time. Or you may cram in lots of tourist attractions and need another holiday. This trip was both relaxing and hard work and completely changed my way of thinking about art and drawing and also teaching art and drawing. It was almost too good.