22.5 x 18 cm
By Lily Mae Martin
Ink on cotton paper
A few years ago I did a drawing of Dürer’s preyer hands. But it was a quick drawing and I feel like I am way better at drawing now than I was then so decided to revisit it. While I was looking at reference material I came across more hands studies of his so decided to do a few. These are the drawings I can do while on the run – cafes, swimming chauffeur duties, at the kitchen table waiting for red beans to cook down.
I started out with seven and have ended up with five that I am happy with.
All drawings are 14x19cm, by Lily Mae Martin
Thank you for reading and looking and sharing and supporting my work. I have a number of drawings I haven’t added here and I will do soon.
That title just about sums up my week so far. A lot of the unexpected keeps on happening and my body clock is all out of whack – daylight savings! Title of this post courtesy of waking up at 5AM in a lot of pain, with the cat jumping on my face and me finding off the drawing above.
I’m working on bigger drawings but needed a little break from them so decided to do a little series like some of Dürer’s hand studies. He is a favourite artist of mine, I thought of two things while researching him recently.
1.) In the past it was perfectly acceptable for an artist to draw, etch, paint, sculpt, woodwork etc while these days I feel the pressure to do ONE or the OTHER.
2.) MASTER artist is definitely a word reserved for male artists.
Yesterday I had a very big day in Melbourne looking at a lot of art. I really want to write about that but my thoughts are still formulating also I am running out of time as today is also a big day and then Friday I will DO NOTHING.
Daughter wants to go to a birthdya party dressed up as a fridge.
Went to see Aunty Marlene Gilson’s paintings at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and came across these two women who talked and looked for so long I thought I’d capture the moment with a quick drawing.
I’ve been having some struggles so gardening and quick drawing is bringing me back into focus and calming me down.
A tired, beautiful little face.
Not every drawing has to come out as you planned, not every drawing has to be ‘finished’. Art is such a unique window into the human experience – I have to remember that.
Earlier in the year I ran an observing nature drawing work shop at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Each class I would bring in seeds, flower and leaf samples. In the end, as it was getting colder and my flowers were not flowering I was sourcing from florists.
Teaching drawing is pretty amazing, but it’s also a battle as I just really want to sit down and draw too. I took in two birds of paradise flowers to the final class and decided to also draw it – after the class, of course 😛
This was months ago but I forgot about it and just came across it in my sketch book last week. I think it is pretty good.
Inexorable, 105x75cm by Lily Mae Martin, ink on cotton paper- 2018
Drawing photographed by Gene Hammond-Lewis .
I did various studies for this drawing, and then I took my time rendering and rendering and trying out a slightly different technique to the usual. Then my kid got sick, I got sick, kid got sick again and it seems like I had been working on this drawing for so long I couldn’t see it anymore. In fact Gene and my kid both told me that it was finished and I didn’t believe them for about a week.
Titling this work was hard too, I had read various poems and birth prayers to try and convey what this work is about in one or few words, what a job.
I loved these lines from Plath’s Three Women in regard to birth
I do not have to think, or even rehearse.
What happens in me will happen without attention.
And the line from the birth prayer by Louis Macneice
I am not yet born
Judith Wright’s Women to Child
You who were darkness warmed my flesh
But as with the work and the title I have to accept them for what they are – a piece of a larger conversation, all of my works. And to not put so much on one work, one title that I can’t move forward.
When I accepted this I was happy again, though I must say the difficulty also comes from a year of very little recognition, little positive feedback – or any feedback. It gets very easy to get lost. I don’t expect to be in everything but nothing is a little tricky to navigate. So this too – makes it very hard to see my work and to keep on going.
Anyway, here we are – I did it and I am digging extra deep to keep on keeping on.
Hello – I am putting together a post of all the little drawings that are available for purchase from Scott Livesey Galleries
Delicate, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2018
Envisage, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2018
Claw, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2017
Tweak, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 19x14cm 2018
These hands, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 14x19cm 2017
This corner, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 15x19cm 2017
Stretch, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2017
Remission, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2017
Hands, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 15x19cm 2018
Feet, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 15x19cm 2018
Softer Softest, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 15x19cm 2018
Hand study, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2018
Foot Study, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2018
Bend, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 15x19cm 2017
Nipple, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 15x19cm 2018
Somewhere Near Linda Valley, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 14x19cm 2018
Werribee Gorge, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 14x19cm 2018
Dinorwic Slate Quarry – Wales, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2018
Black Hill, Ink on cotton paper by Lily Mae Martin 18x25cm 2017
For interest contact the gallery on T: +61 3 9824 7770 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday I gifted myself a new sketchbook.
It’s the perfect size – the paper is not too thin, not too thick. I know it’s a good one because I’ve already filled in a number of its pages – there’s a lot of bad drawings; plants and one of the cat. But the ones I love the most are of Daughter human. There’s already a lot of her in there because she’s home at the moment.
I’m so thrilled to just be drawing for drawing with no real plan right now. I’ve finished a bunch of new little drawings, I’ll post about that when they are ready to be sold. Buy them!
Tuesday drawing – heidi hair
We’re all a little over the wind, the rain and the cold but I think that’s normal for the end of July on this side of the globe. To think that the place she was born in she was a summer baby!
Speaking of the place she was born – Wales- a tree was planted there when she was born, and now there’s a fruit tree planted in Uganda. What’s a better gift in this world than children and trees! More on that in the coming months.
Stay warm and hydrated people!