Arranging the pictures

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  • Road to the Salt Tower

    1976

    Coloured pencil

    11 x 16

  • Lighthouse

    1976

    Coloured pencil

    13 x 14.9

  • Little Engines

    1976

    Coloured pencil

    19 x 8.3

  • Evening Moon

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    13.5 x 14.6

  • Sunset

    1978

    Coloured pencil

    14.9 x 14

  • Island and Wave

    1978

    Coloured pencil

    15 x 13

  • Two Boats in the Bay

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    14 x 15.9

  • Pines

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    14 x 13

  • Sunset 2

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    13 x 15

  • After Sunset

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    14 x 14.9

  • On the Bed 2

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    15 x 14

  • Dressing 07

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    19 x 8.3

  • Dressing 08

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    19 x 8.3

  • Dressing 15

    1979

    Coloured pencil

    13.5 x 15.5

  • Dressing 19

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    16.5 x 12

  • Dressing 20

    1977

    Coloured pencil

    16.5 x 12.6

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Coloured Drawings

A few months after framing some of these coloured pencil drawings I was dismayed to find they were beginning to fade. Realising they would only have a limited life on the wall, I decided to stop doing them. You see them here however as they looked in their pristine state.

Colour was essential to the Formentera landscapes and enabled me to tap into memories of a magical place: a pink sky at dusk, a wave breaking on the shore, small boats slicing through an aquamarine sea. The figure drawings had an altogether different function. These set out to capture the moment-to-moment shapes made by bodies in movement and present them as elements in a design. Since colour was not strictly necessary for this I turned to graphite pencil for what eventually became a long series of drawings (the Tonal Nudes). Many of these went on to serve as compositional studies for paintings.

I occasionally used coloured pencils when working as an Illustrator but since the original drawings were destined for reproduction, their permanence or otherwise was never really an issue.

© Michael Leonard