Today I’m doing a rehearsal drawing for a painting that’s in the works. This still life drawing — itself still in the works — makes up one part of the painting. I make the drawing to reacquaint myself with all the objects and because it is fun to draw it.
I work on this practice drawing from a photograph I took a long time ago and also from a drawing I made in front the actual still life, also from a long time ago, and as it happens all the objects in the two references are seen from a slightly different angle than they are seen in the painting, which as you may have guessed, I began a long time ago. So I will have to turn the positions of the things from memory. And making the rehearsal drawings is one way to better understand the things in relation to each other.
Plus, as I say, it’s fun to do.