Art is loos­en­ing up

Ross Driver mov­ing away from struc­tured works

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

WHITE PAGE: Artist Ross Driver leads an art work­shop at Gayn­dah State School. ROSS Driver’s wa­ter­colour and ink works, pro­duced from an en­gi­neer­ing point of view, are known for their pre­ci­sion.

His Gayn­dah Art Gallery ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing on Fri­day night will fea­ture lo­co­mo­tives, old build­ings and “peo­ple in there as well”.

“I call it a Boil­er­maker’s Bric-a-brac which is com­ing from my old boil­er­mak­ing days,” Mr Driver said.

“I was a boil­er­maker by trade.

“I started the ap­pren­tice­ship when I was 15 years of age and went from there to a drafts­man later in life, then even­tu­ally to en­gi­neer.”

Mr Driver said he be­gan “se­ri­ously paint­ing” af­ter his re­tire­ment in 2010.

“(I paint) mainly with wa­ter­colour and pen and ink.

“I do use a bit of acrylic but not a lot, mainly watercolours – you get some beau­ti­ful stuff with watercolours.”

Mr Driver’s fo­cus on pen and ink comes from his draft­ing days.

“As a drafts­man I was taught to work in ink to pro­duce work­ing draw­ings – it was fairly struc­tured, very pre­cise,” the Bund­aberg artist said.

“A lot of my works look fairly pre­cise, but I’m start­ing to get out of that; start­ing to loosen up with a lot of my work mak­ing it look a lot freer and rougher.”

To il­lus­trate, he opened his art jour­nals which he car­ries with him at all times.

While wait­ing in an air­port ter­mi­nal, he had whiled away the time sketch­ing a plane at the ter­mi­nal.

Ini­tially, he wasn’t sure that he liked the drawing, but the com­po­si­tion to­gether with the blend of pre­ci­sion and rough­ness worked.

And against a drawing of hav­ing din­ner while watch­ing Syd­ney Royal Show ring events, Mr Driver noted it took 20 min­utes to do the sketch and 60 min­utes to achieve de­tail.

Mr Driver will be of­fer­ing a two-day work­shop at Gayn­dah Art Gallery this week­end.

“I’ll ac­tu­ally be call­ing the work­shops ‘wa­ter­colour, en­hanced with pen and ink’,” he said.

“All the ink work does is bring out the wa­ter­colour and give it a good punch.

“This method is dif­fer­ent to pen and wash in that you can de­tail where it mat­ters most and you will see how I use a three-stepped ap­proach.”

Par­tic­i­pants will sketch in the out­doors and have two com­pleted works by 2pm.

The sketches will then be made into work­ing draw­ings ready for the sec­ond day, when the draw­ings will be inked and watercolours added.

Bookings can be made with the Art Gallery on 4140 8057.

Mr Driver’s ex­hi­bi­tion, a Boil­er­maker’s Bric-a-Brac, launches at the gallery on Fri­day at 7pm, with free en­try.

Ross Driver – As a drafts­man I was taught to work in ink to pro­duce work­ing draw­ings

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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