Lady In the Waters  by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

Medium – Pencil graphite drawing on Kent cartridge paper. Original size A1.

Views: 5125 (as at 24.10.2014)


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  • Top Ten Challenge Winner in the Pen & Ink or Pencil Challenge, in the Live, Love, Dream group. Challenge closed 26.08.2014

About the work
I’ve always had a passion for direct observational drawing/painting from life/nature, including the human figure/form/anatomy. So when, as an art/design student, one was presented for the first time with the topic theme of The Extension of the Senses of Man to explore, the following became my rationalizing approach to how I explored this topic.

Skin is man’s largest sensory organ and primarily requires protection against the environment’s elements. Clothing protects humans, provides a barrier between the skin and the environment.

Thinly draped clothing veiled over the human form provides ample study of soft falling movements along body lines, flowing shapes & patterns etc. I wanted to explore the human form/skin/clothing exposed directly to elements in a natural environment ‘outdoors’ as apposed to life models posing in a protective drawing room set-up that I had been so far exposed to.

Stage 1) Exploring the extension of the senses by exposing the human form/skin/clothing to the natural physical elements of water, air and earth/sand at a public beach landscape and documenting this through the photographic medium. Two fellow art students modeled for me in loose light negligee clothing.

Stage 2) From there I developed a B&W photographic series learning several darkroom manipulation techniques in the process.

Stage 3) From the resultant photographic imagery (on the human structure, female shapes and forms, skin & cloth exposed to the natural elements of water, wind/air, earth/sand/rock in the landscape) I further explore and study the inherent structure and ‘dynamics’ of several images and produce several drawings.

I think my two fellow art student models totally enjoyed the creative photographic documentation experience, even though they got cold, wet and buried in sand, and I, the photographer stayed dry!

My “creative art practice” may be be succinctly summed up in the following fantastic metaphorical quote by Kandinsky:
~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
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  • Danielle Bloxsom
    Danielle Bloxsomalmost 7 years ago

    Great line treatment :) I like it a lot

  • Glad you like Danielle, thanks.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensabout 6 years ago

    I’d favour this three times if I could. I absolutely love the dynamic line work. You made this one very vibrant and that without any colours! Kudos.

  • Sorry for the late reply here! Better late than never. Your thoughts are much appreciated Peter.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Benjamin Ruskin
    Benjamin Ruskinabout 6 years ago

    Great drawing Kerryn!

  • Glad to share. Thanks Benjamin.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnabout 6 years ago

    This is incredible, Kerryn – the sense of movement is wonderful – easy fave :))

  • Appreciated Colleen. (Wrote a reply to you in 1# RB forum)

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • rain-dogs
    rain-dogsalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Kerryn….really beautiful work love the movement and style…………cheers

  • Hi! Thanks rain-dogs.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Chris Lupetti
    Chris Lupettialmost 6 years ago

    This is really beautiful work!

  • Thankyou Chris.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 6 years ago

    I love your pencil drawings Kerryn, they really inspire me! The shape on this woman is lovely.

  • Glad I can inspire you. Your comments are very much appreciated Vanessa.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Varry
    Varryalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning work,i love the expressive line work..

  • Thankyou Varry.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 6 years ago

  • Hey Vanessa – thanks very much for the feature in Creative Spirits of Queensland

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanalmost 6 years ago

    this is beautiful Kerryn, just love your work!

  • Thanks so much Jenny.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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