Started with quick sketches around the rooms in the house. Concentrated on line, shape, proportions etc rather than tone. Also was considering along the way what I would like to concentrate on drawing in greater depth.
Made notes as I went along considering the compositional possibilities of the particular view. In some cases like the one above of part of my studio thought it would be too complex and confusing.
Then moved into the dining room and particularly liked the shapes of the chairs and how the different struts intersected.
Tried different viewpoints but thought this was getting back too much to still life rather than interior. The view below has lost the interest of the chairs.
In some ways liked this one but too much like still life again.
As I took a longer view there was greater interest in the shadows coming through from the doorway of my studio. Bit of an interior within an interior as the dining room itself has no natural light source which I thought might be a problem.
Further along I think this would be an interesting subject to tackle with all the different tones and shadows.
As I moved into the bedroom started using a charcoal pencil which I feel gives more definition to the objects and more structure all round. Thought at one stage that I would like to concentrate on this view for the detailed study but again this room only has limited natural light.
If I went ahead with this I thought it would be better being a rather dark scene – it would have been better with a figure on the bed and full of mood. In the end felt that it would not really work for showing the use of colour but it might be something I come back to in the future. Has a real feel of the “noir” and Sickert type of scene.
During the process of doing these drawings I was reading the Bonnard book (Metropolitan Museum 2009 – The Late Still Lifes and Interiors). I thought both the scene above and particularly the one below with the dog on the bed were very evocative of the kind of interior he produced.
- Initially I was hesitant about drawing interiors which I had not attempted in the past but gained more confidence the more I drew
- Viewpoint is more important than I had realised and only by doing my own drawings did I start to become a bit discerning about how to tackle an interior
- I am still very nervous about depicting the nuances of tone and light – I would like to have tackled the interior within the interior view from the dining room but felt it was too complex a composition to take on first time round
- In some ways I am drawn to the simpler compositions but would like to learn how to make the complex more simple – i.e. how to draw out the essentials in a scene