My Tutor suggested I look at the work of Jeanette Barnes after reviewing my Assignment for part three of the course. I can see why- her work is very fluid and captures a sense of motion and business within a city. This is something I would love to be able to develop as I tend to have a much more stilted approach.
Jeanette Barnes’ work is urban landscape. She has a method of capturing a sense of people moving within the architecture and of making buildings come to life. She often focuses on changes within the city – buildings being demolished and new architecture.
Her method of working is to do lots of sketches on location at a chosen subject -generally using a soft pencil, graphite stick or charcoal. Back at the studio she generally uses willow charcoal or conté crayon on large finished pieces.
To begin the large drawings, she ties a piece of conté or charcoal on to a cane so she can work on the whole of the drawing and not get drawn into working on small areas too soon. This allows her to stand back and think of the whole composition deciding early on where light/dark areas will be. As the composition changes this may change and areas may be erased.