Assignment 1 – objective evaluation

This has been both a nightmare and a revelation. The first because ‘small’ is a challenge on several levels (all those faculties that don’t work so well as you get older), and the second because some of it did work relatively well despite those constraints. I also realised that my initial choice of twenty found images did not necessarily map well onto the actual assignment: some were really not at all interesting to paint, and some were, for me, impossible to paint. As a result, I substituted a few as the task unfolded. Luckily – or by design – some … Continue reading Assignment 1 – objective evaluation

Assignment 1 – arranging twenty small paintings to make one large one

For this part of the assignment, we’re asked to arrange the twenty small paintings on white paper to make a large painting, and then to consider groupings. I used two A1 pieces of foam board temporarily held together with masking tape and propped on my easel. The first arrangement goes from animals through fictional species, to space then place, and finally to Diana on her own as she always seemed to be despite the crowds. The second arrangement is more pragmatic – it’s the ones I’ve put into my desktop and Alexa wallpaper folders. The rejects are down the right … Continue reading Assignment 1 – arranging twenty small paintings to make one large one

Formal Assessment – images

This is a detail from my sketchbook; drawings of metallic birds in biro, and watercolour finger-painted into place. The support is pink sugar paper pasted into the book. It was probably the first time I had made loose drawings of this kind and it came after buying a copy of Henry Moore’s book full of ‘wire frame’ drawings of sheep. I think this series of drawings represents something of an early milestone in exploration of different media and supports as I had never used either before. My approach to drawing had also changed in this work, looser and less ‘perfect’. … Continue reading Formal Assessment – images

Assignment 1 self evaluation

I chose this painting from the two I’d done because I like the colours, the brush marks, and the fact I’d managed to get the shape of the jug right for once. I’m also drawing a contrast with the seafront scene in that the jug painting, ironically, seems to have more movement in it despite being a still life. I have scoured the folder for a structure for this component and failed so I’m transplanting the one I’ve used in the Drawing module. Demonstration of technical and visual skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills. … Continue reading Assignment 1 self evaluation

Assignment 1

After a bit of a hiatus due to finding there was more to do on the Drawing1 course than I’d realised, I’m making a start on this. I have a jug that defeats me every time I draw it and an onion that doesn’t – not so much anyway – and the colours are marvellous. Elsewhere, I’ve been up to the ears in brutalist concrete and grungy graffiti so going smooth and shiny will be a challenge. Here’s the image (my own) that I’m working from: I love the colours and the reflection, and the tiny hint of a demarcation … Continue reading Assignment 1

Assignment 1 tutor feedback

I’d forgotten how containing feedback can be, especially when the subject matter and structure are unfamiliar, so this was very welcome and encouraging, and also gave me direction that I hadn’t managed to extract from the course materials. Frankly, having underlined almost the entire feedback document, I’m struggling with what to extract and respond to. It’s all relevant and I have to say, the pointers you’ve given – artists Paula Rego, Anita Taylor, William Kentridge, and the body of work cast as Symbolism – could hardly be more up my street, I’ve been totally nailed at the first encounter! Then … Continue reading Assignment 1 tutor feedback

Assignment 1 reductive reworking

I’m embarking on some re-working here on tutor advice to see if I can pull the objects out of the background, which she absolutely nailed as having been applied last. Truth is, I’d run out of road and I wanted it gone in order to get some initial feedback. I’ve learned a bit since then, and I’ve also been let off the lead a little too, so I feel able to give this a better grade of attention. I take photographs of almost everything I do, sometimes because I can pull out a detail from an otherwise mundane piece and … Continue reading Assignment 1 reductive reworking