Residency Day 8


Charcoal on paper 42 x 59 cms

I return to the bronze.  Having started a charcoal work at home I realise that my reference material is lacking.


Detail from the bronze.

I focus on proportions.155FAFED-6222-4015-BFA5-9E882410E34A Charcoal on paper 120 x 42 cms

My intention is not to replicate but to connect emotionally with the work.  My experimental drawing classes have started again, one life drawing, one self portraits where the aim is essence not likeness.  This is an extraordinary process which takes time and trust.  Much of the drawing is completed using the non dominant hand, focusing solely on the subject without referencing the work.  Scary but illuminating.  It is only when the work is ‘complete’ that you work into the generated image looking at the subject and the work.

The other sculpture I am keen to work with is the water damaged Christ.


The damage gives the sculpture an eerie, otherworldly quality.  I will be using the same experimental drawing process.



Author: susanmilleruk

Watercolour painter living, working and loving Hastings and St Leonards on Sea. MA in Fine Art.

2 thoughts on “Residency Day 8”

  1. Hi Susan, I love the first one, whether you had enough reference material or not. It’s very evocative! I recall that you were going to return to suffering. Did you have that in mind when you made the first drawing? I was vaguely reminded of Keith Vaughan’s work… If you had ‘suffering’ in mind as a theme, what was the impact on you/your notion and even feeling of suffering as you made the drawing, or as you returned to it later?
    that statue of the dissolving Christ is absolutely – well, I don’t know what to call it, but it hit me between the eyes. It also reminded me of the leprosy patients I spent time with in India… mmm
    I notice I’m looking out for your posts with interest!


    1. Hi Kathleen
      Thank you for your insightful comments. Yes suffering was very much in my thoughts, and when I return to the work, I immediately sense their pain. I come to drawing late in life and it doesn’t come easily to me, so that is bound up with the work as well.

      I have no experience of leprosy, but I suspect that was in the back of my mind. I can certainly remember thinking of the Greek island that I visited that had been used as a leper colony, when I first saw the sculpture. Also the positioning of the work at the rear of the chapel, almost forgotten, echoes that feeling.

      The process of discovery continues!


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