March 30th, 2018



Last week I went to a life drawing session.  The model was a large round very naked gentleman, and I must say, it took me a little while to adjust to drawing someone so very naked.  But I think I did learn some things from it. You just have to keep drawing and drawing and hope that eventually you've made all the mistakes. 

Its quite hard to draw all of a person.  So easy for feet and things to end up off the edge of the paper.  The guy in charge of the life drawing thing reckoned I should be painting on very large canvases, but this is both expensive and hard to store, so I think really I would prefer to learn how to get everything more successfully into the page.

I also trialled some varifocal contact lenses, since I noticed recently that sometimes it's hard to read the very small print on the back of a tube of paint in poor light.  The varifocals were awful.  I would rather have to turn on the light to read a tube of paint than put up with a vast deterioration in my distance vision!  But it made me realise how fortunate I am that my eyesight with contact lenses is really pretty good, and apparently when my eyesight does get worse, there are several other kinds of varifocals I can try.  It doesn't seem worth trying more of them yet though, since I learned that with my usual lenses in decent light I can happily read the bottom line of text on the test card thingy.