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!