Studio Mysteries

February 7, 2010


Filed under: Drawing — Tags: , , — Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries @ 10:08 pm

My camera has the vapours, and I cannot show, but only tell for the moment. But what I have to tell is that after MONTHS of work, my big drawing (see posts below) is just about done. It’s amazing how little there is left to do. It’s that moment when you round the corner of the track and you see the finish ribbon flapping in the wind.

It’s amazing how good it feels and how much it felt like this moment is never going to come. I must have put in no less than 400 hours and probably more like 600 into this drawing. I pushed pencil as far as it can go. It’s probably the biggest size that I will ever work in pencil and my subsequent works will probably be a bit smaller, in the 3-4 foot range rather than in the 5 foot range. But I am glad I went there.

The figures emerge out of velvety texture like ghosts. I was going to call the drawing Friends and Family, but now I have rechristened it Formal Occasion.


  1. Congratulations. I can’t wait to see a photo of the finished “Formal Occasion”.

    Comment by Carol King — February 15, 2010 @ 12:31 am

  2. That’s the moment when I smudge ink all over it…frequently. Good title – looking forward to the ‘reveal’.

    Comment by June Malone — March 9, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    • Heh. I am thinking of title # 3. “Family Ghosts”.
      It did get a couple of setbacks when I rolled it up without fixative, not once but TWICE, and then had to rework a few spots where pencil darn gone and lifted off. 🙂

      Good to see you! Now get back to work and or naps!

      Comment by Anya Galkina - Studio Mysteries — March 10, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

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