Standing Nude

Standing Nude

Perhaps because drawing, or rather mark-making, is something that all children do, we tend to associate it with a form of play. We see someone working at their easel, squinting at the scene before them, surrounded by paint and paraphernalia and we sigh with envy. What a wonderfully relaxing hobby they have – how lucky they are to just dab paint around and make pictures that sell for small fortunes!

Of course the truth is very different. No-one just picked up a brush and painted amazing pictures straight away – well, maybe Picasso did, but very few others.

Art is hard work, like anything else worth learning to do well. It is the learning, practising, studying and downright slogging that reels you in like an addict. The next painting will always be better.

9Art can be practised at different levels of course. Used as therapy it can be revealing and helpful in releasing buried emotions. As a hobby or pastime it’s a great way to fill time and to socialise, but ambition often creeps in and the amateur artist starts to improve by putting more thought and time into their work.

12 March 9lrSome have an inborn gift for drawing, or seeing, as I have said before; they are obviously more inclined to be creative. Others can learn to see and enjoy being creative too, if they want to, but we all need to put the work in to learn the different aspects of making a good picture, such as composition, tone, design, perspective, colour etc.

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter

When it starts to come together though, when we feel we have made some progress, what a source of joy that is!

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me at Jazz fest

me at Jazz fest

About Jeni Caruana

Jeni was born in England and studied at Uxbridge, Hull and Harrow Art Colleges before settling in Malta in 1977. She subsequently worked as a graphic designer and followed a post-Diploma course at Malta College of Art. Jeni has held regular solo exhibitions of her works and participated in numerous joint, group and collective exhibitions in Malta and abroad, representing Malta in UK, USA, Sardinia, Rome, Tunisia, Libya and Norway. Paintings now hang in many public and private collections. --- Works cover a wide variety of subjects and media, from landscapes to Prehistoric Temples, sand to ceramics, watercolour and acrylics to wooden sculptures. They are always based on good drawing and keen observation and always started on location or from live models. Intense study of the human figure has resulted in her ability to capture fleeting glimpses of people in motion. Visually expressing the emotional effects of music on the senses, her ‘musician’ paintings are a favourite subject. --- Jeni has been teaching drawing and watercolour techniques to adults since 1995. She regularly runs courses and workshops in drawing and watercolour for adult beginners and improvers, specialised courses in life drawing, watercolour techniques, weekend workshops and painting outings and also art for self-expression, meditation and relaxation. --- For more information please contact; Studio Address: - “Dar Il-Mistrieh”, - 15, Old Church Street, - Manikata - MLH 5202