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Linda Schneider

John - Head on his arm (2018)

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This digital drawing is the second of two completed on the 14th of March 2018 at a life drawing session held at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre in Victoria Australia. The model, John McCulloch (Instagram - johnmcmodel) is a well-known life-model and actor in Melbourne. His surname doesn't start with H as indicated on the drawing....
This digital drawing is the second of two completed on the 14th of March 2018 at a life drawing session held at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre in Victoria Australia.

The model, John McCulloch (Instagram - johnmcmodel) is a well-known life-model and actor in Melbourne. His surname doesn't start with H as indicated on the drawing. I didn't know him in 2018, but in February 2020, he modelled for a painting class that I was taking and I recognised him from my earlier 2018 drawing session. My own kids loved the 1990s children's TV series, Round The Twist (Series 2 Ep.8) where John's the grandfather in the photo at the beginning.
Before Covid19 and if I wasn't teaching, I attended life drawing sessions once a month at the Community Centre. I usually draw on large sheets of paper, but I took my Samsung tablet into the session on this day. I wanted to experiment with a smaller drawing format, and to use the free children's app that I had downloaded. Both drawings were completed using a barbed-wire effect brush found on the app.

I am right-handed (only my father and I are righted handed between my parents and siblings in my family) and so I completed the drawing with my pointer finger on this hand. Just a note: I sometimes like to use my left hand to introduce a "rawness" to my work.

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I grew up on a mixed farm, until I went to high school aged 11 in the Wimmera district in Victoria Australia. At high school, unable to timetable both Art and Math, I studied the latter by correspondence in...

I grew up on a mixed farm, until I went to high school aged 11 in the Wimmera district in Victoria Australia. At high school, unable to timetable both Art and Math, I studied the latter by correspondence in the school library. I was not very disciplined and spent most of my time looking through Art books. Later, I completed a Diploma in Fine Art (Painting), and a Graduate Diploma (Sculpture). Wanting to travel, I gained further qualifications in teaching, linguistics, and languages.

My work is largely auto-biographical and incorporates elements of my history and my future goals – even before I am consciously aware of these goals or historical references myself. I am currently drawing with a variety of mark-making media, and painting in both acrylic and oils.

I believe that practice, and physiological and mental predispositions, combined with life and incidental circumstances, confirm the direction and so-called talent of any individual. As humans who have evolved and endured, we sought patterns in nature which helped our species to survive. Now we revive those patterns in our culture. We see relationships everywhere; in nature, mathematics, science, storytelling, music and in the visual arts etc. We often are unconsciously aware of these patterns.

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