The Space Between Lines

This week I have been drawing at Kew gardens with The Royal Drawing School. “City Gardens and Greenhouses” under the guidance of Clare Newbolt and Sara Lee Roberts.

It was a fantastically inspirational session working alongside their postgraduate students.  We were given many interesting ideas to explore within our drawings. Imagining the images we create to be like small theatre sets with a “back” to our image where we were to suggest marks and indications of what was there without too much detail. We were also asked to consider not only the lines we make ourselves but the space between these line as of equal importance like in the work of Japanese Sumie paintings – where the white space is viewed not as a non space but as a solid part of the compositions. To quote Claude Debussy “Music is the space between the sounds.”

Here are a few of my sketches below from the fantastic Cacti displays.

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