Here are my 31 Inktober pics all hung up for the exhibition. I spent a rather hot hour yesterday doing this, in the company of other wonderful artists quietly working on their walls. A sense of calm chaos. The exhibition is on the 7th floor of a rather empty office block. Lots of walls and views!
I got a chance to look around at some of the other work on display. There is some really good stuff. Only about half of it was up when I was there, so I am looking forward to seeing lots more tonight. That said, mine are the most colourful. Clearly not too many people have worked out that ink comes in many colours.
The exhibition opens tonight (Thursday, 9th November) at 6pm at 96 Jorrissen Street in Braamfontein. There is some parking in the building, but the Joburg Theatre’s parking is just a block away too. Do come along and say hi. If you can’t make tonight the exhibition will be up until Sunday, see details on my previous post.
Well I managed to complete 31 days of drawings. It was actually rather fun. Some evenings I only got to my studio after 8pm, and feeling rather uninspired, but the muse was there, every day. It’s a good discipline, but if I did it again, I’d make it a first-thing-in-the-morning priority, like meditating before breakfast.
So here are the pics from days 26 to 31…
Day 26: Boredom or disdain?
Day 27: Pensive
Day 28: Jacarandas
Day 29: There was this aura about the professor
Day 30: It’s a secret
Day 31: It’s all about the framing
During these five days I found myself busy and sitting in meetings. It was easier to fit Inktober in by drawing the people around me. So portraits came to the fore. It turned out to be quite a lot of fun, reminding me of why I set out to work on portraits this year.
Here they are:
Day 16: Girl in profile
Day 17: A young soldier
Day 18: A serious matter
Day 19: Mrs Ngamlana
Day 20: Always smiling
The journey continues… exploring the ink blots, and some more deliberate work. A little Star Trek reference thrown in too.
Day 11: Kneeling woman
Day 12: Blown over the islands
Day 13: I is for Ink (and illustrate, illuminate, inspire, impress, invent, invest, interest, improve, innovate…)
Day 14: Face-off in space
Day 15: Hope in the darkness
I have really enjoyed the excuse to get into my studio every evening. Here are the results from days 6 to 10…
Day 6: Sometimes work feels like a war-zone
Day 7: Shiny Saturday symmetry
Day 8: The full scented rose
Day 9: Taking off
Day 10: Inkseckts
On impulse, I signed up for the Inktober challenge. It’s a real challenge because I have never used ink before. I just assumed that ink was always black. Then I went out and found some great colours at my local stationers.
It’s been interesting, learning what ink can and can’t do. I’m loving the unpredictability of it all. I’ve also found it goes well with my favourite silver pen.
So here are my first five contributions to Inktober…
Day 1: Up and to the left
Day 2: Landscape with poppies
Day 3: J is for Judy
Day 4: The source
Day 5: Angelfish
I’ll post the rest here in batches of five. If you can’t wait five days I am posting daily on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/judybackhouse/).