Study into the drawing and painting of FOLDS


Exploration into the drawing and painting of FOLDS

The ability to express the beauty of a folding fabric seems to me to be an essential skill whether one is painting a still life or a moving figure or an interior. So I took a little time to study this to try to understand how to do it in paint. I looked at the work of Willem Claesz.Heda and Willem de Poorter….awesome treatment of fabric!

But then I also remembered the wonderful drawings in an exhibition at the British Museum last year ‘Fra Angelico To Leonardo – Italian Renaissance Drawings’.

-Michelangelo’s ‘An Old Man Wearing a Hat’

Ghirlandaio’s ‘Study of Drapery’

…and many others…all carefully observed drawings of folds coming from a suspension point and the careful follow through of the folding fabric. As always, accurate and careful observation is the key!




About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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