Art Deco Nude – 11 -08-22 is my third graphite pencil drawing done with my Faber-Castell Pitt Graphite Matt pencils. A couple of days after the second but I had a busy schedule of meetings, uploading and painting of course. I had a kind of a whim to draw one per day. Considering my oils production, teaching, writing art statements I don’t think I can follow that pace though. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter. Creativity flows heavily at this moment and I am bursting with ideas. Since I can capture them quickly with these materials (Ingres, Graphite Matt) I do not need worry.
I love dogma’s and mindsets I can cling on to, I must confess. Of course they are boundaries put on myself, by myself. Perhaps they are remnants of my legal profession. Anyway, I had it in my mind to do a series of drawings withing an hour. There you have it, a dogma and perhaps even Lars von Trier wouldn’t feel ashamed. A second dogma is to paint one oil withing a week and so far I live up to it reasonably. These dogma’s keep me edgy. As if I need boundaries, just as Sheila E needs the rock steady beat to deviate from it. What I really mean to say is that without a firm intention my art is going nowhere. I wouldn’t even know what to do if I would experience utter freedom to do whatever I wanted to do. Probably nothing.
As to this drawing I delved into my realm of stored pictures from the 1920s and 1930s. Suffering from that Golden Age syndrom I have to admit that this photography is beyond any comparison with contemporaries. It simply is outstanding and shows that color only distracts where it is all about: tonal values. That surely goes for the reference picture of this one. Simply smashing! I google image searched it and came to Stanislaus Walery who took this photo. The desciption is ‘Girls from Follies Bergère’. We all know what that’s all about. Hail to him from my own pedestal.
Click here to read about the sale of this art work to a dutch collector.
Pitt Graphite Matt pencil (Faber-Castell) drawing on Hahnenmühle paper (24 x 31 x 0.1 cm)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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