My intention today was try two techniques: blind drawing rather than reproduction, and to use an oil based crayon. Perhaps I should not attempt two methods at once without some practice first; but I was not too displeased.
The papers we are offered as part of the fee are white, putty, blue, and green. I wanted to use a pale oil pastel, so started with white on a green sheet of paper. The watercolour was brushed on once I returned home (in fact you can see that it is still damp!). Unfortunately the paper is not robust enough to take wetting to any extent. But the oil resist worked as well as I had hoped.
The first and the second images were short poses, and frankly they worked best for the blind drawings. Too long and I tended to over work, and to mix blind and straightforward drawing. The second image also shows white oil pastel on green paper.
For the longer poses I tried yellow and pink oil pastels on the putty-coloured paper. I was now thinking about the exercise too much and made a greater mess than previously, but I was pleased just now on my return home with how the watercolour wash worked over the coloured resist. Also I was interested that the charcoal I'd used and then sprayed with fixative in class did not run under the onslaught of the watercolour brush.
I hope that next week I might be able to relax a bit more. I shall take along some watercolour paper of my own (despite the Scot in me baulking at not sticking with what is provided as part of the fee!).