Art is loosening up
Ross Driver moving away from structured works
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