Study of a flute player

Girl playing flute Graphite value study
Girl playing flute
© 2009 Margaret Sloan
Graphite value study

I met this lovely young woman at Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp. She had a boxwood flute that had bent as it aged, but it sounded lovely.

One day while we were in class, the rain and snow stopped, the sky cleared, and the sun streamed through the windows. Sitting in a shaft of sunlight, the young woman glowed as she practiced her tune. I snapped a photo quickly. There was no time to fool around if I wanted to capture the naturalness in her posture. Youth is a time of great beauty, but also great self consciousness.

I’ve come to understand the importance of doing value studies before beginning a painting. Steve Curl, my watercolor teacher, told me that when I was designing the value study I shouldn’t focus on the details. Instead, he said, look for the large shapes of light and dark; I did, and it made all the difference.

I’ve already practiced painting hands playing the flute, so I should be in good shape for her hands.

2 thoughts on “Study of a flute player

  1. Hello Margaret, wow, I’m so glad you stopped by my blog! What great work you do! It’s lovely to see such good life drawing and a fellow painter of instruments and players 🙂 Especially accordions cos I play one! Sending you best wishes from the house on wheels 🙂

    1. Oh my, Rima! Thanks for your words of encouragement. Your blog is one of my favorites. Hope you are enjoying spring.

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