‘Andrea’ by Patrick Johnstone



Oil pastel and soft pastel on coloured pastel paper, A4.

Work produced at Saturday Life Drawing with Andrea, 16 January 2021.

This was drawn in the last few minutes of the session, after one of Josie’s and Anne’s regular suggestions to stop drawing towards the end of a longer pose and add a quick, fresh, final drawing. Often, I have been happiest with these drawings, completed without thinking too much – as if the critical, analytical part of the brain is momentarily bypassed, after almost two hours of looking closely at the model. Although Andrea is represented in a semi-abstract way here, perhaps it captures something, at least, of his poise and posture.