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Original ~ Coloured pencil drawing on A1 cartridge paper.

I always had a passion for direct observational drawing & painting from life/nature, especially to observe and study the human figure/form/anatomy since being introduced to Figure Drawing classes at the age of 17. (Had a fabulous talented and quietly spoken art teacher who was one of the rare ones who encouraged and influenced me greatly along with my art journey.)

At Uni. we were given the art theme Extension of the Senses of Man to address and work with for a term.

The skin is our largest sensory organ and requires the extension of clothing for its protection against the environmental elements. Thinly draped clothing veiled over a human form provides ample study of soft falling movements along body lines, flowing shapes & patterns etc.

I set out to explore the human form/skin/clothing outdoors in the natural environment as apposed to life models posing in a protective drawing room set-up that I had only been so far exposed to at the time.

Stage 1) Explored 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 modelled for me in loose light negligee clothing.

Stage 2) 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 exposured to the natural elements of water, wind/air, earth/sand/rock in the landscape) I further explored and studied the inherent structure and ‘dynamics’ of several images and produced 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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  • berndt2
    berndt2over 6 years ago

    Very nice illustration – very intricate with great sense of movement and colour

  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwardsalmost 6 years ago

    amazing work!!!! so exciting!!!

  • DAMcD
    DAMcDalmost 6 years ago

    Great line energy and choice palette.

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • danita clark
    danita clarkover 5 years ago

    WOW excellent. Vibrant feel.

  • Thankyou Danita. ‘Dynamic’ drawing is about interpreting subject matter to relay its inherent unique qualities and energies not seen by the human eye. Not an easy task to transfer to a flat 2D surface.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • danita clark
    danita clarkover 5 years ago

    It really attracts, and i understand a little more about the piece now; the swishes of line work do add dynamics. it is intriguing.

  • Your work area (checked out your amazing website) is working with energies. In dynamic drawing one has to somehow capture a sense of aliveness, movement in whatever the subject may be and one needs an understanding of the elements and principles of design eg. line/direction, tone, colour, structure/form etc and & how to use and compose with these tools. The ‘d’ word was implanted into us while at art uni back in the 70’s and have practiced through many hours of life drawing over many years.
    Thanks for your feedback. I was influenced a bit by the environmental artist Christo too in this one – who is still going with physically wrapping landscapes.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Jonathan Bartlett
    Jonathan Bartlettalmost 4 years ago

    How awesome!

  • Much appreciated, thanks Jonathan.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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