drawings and paintings at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne
As Lindy Dunbar prepares to exhibit her drawings and paintings this spring, we caught up with her for a quick word about her work.
I am fortunate to have a studio with a natural light source next to my house. It’s my space where I play music and can leave unfinished paintings to rest for a while, giving me time to reflect on their progress. I enjoy using a variety of materials whilst drawing from a figure. Perhaps charcoal, pastel, or ink with an ordinary garden stick for a quick or moving pose. Also oil bars with a splash of white spirit to aid the flow and sometimes white acrylic to bring back the light. But I enjoy experimenting with strange uncertain mixtures. If it’s a longer study, perhaps a portrait, maybe a commission, or a still life or landscape then oils with their consistency, strength, variety of texture and glow of colour are truly wonderful.
It’s all about movement, life, fluidity. I like to imagine the person is about to get up and walk away and I try to suggest this – as you are indeed drawing a real person who is never completely still and this is the challenge and delight. Drawing the moving figure, such as acrobats and the dancers rehearsing at the Rambert Workshops, is endlessly fascinating and immensely challenging and it’s a privilege to share in their creative process.
As well as teaching children, I studied Art History with the Open University gaining a BA Hons. It taught me to focus, but it also gave my work a stronger foundation. I now concentrate on tutoring adults in art clubs as well as a life drawing group at St Andrews Place Art School, Lewes. But whenever I can, I paint!
See Lindy’s work at The Birley Centre from Friday 25th March to Sunday 24th April 2016, weekends only, 10am to 4pm, also open Good Friday and Easter Monday.
The Birley Centre, 4 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4EF