I’ve used the last of the squint-eye sized boards* so now I am onto a slightly more manageable 16 x 9. This is a view slightly to the north of the previous scene. Again I’ve prepped the surface with acrylic … Continue reading Adur landscape #2
Over time, I’ve come to realise two things. First my close vision isn’t up to small scale, it has me cross-eyed and visually furred up; and second, I’m less keen on canvas board than I was. Put together with my … Continue reading Landscape – using up canvas board
When your new soft pastels arrive you have to take them out for a spin. I chose a photo of two of my cats just outside the studio where one was sitting in a box and the other lurking in … Continue reading ‘Watch Cat’
Painting in acrylics after Degas’ ‘Woman Seated on a Balcony’. Continue reading ‘Frock Stays On’
Asked to make a detailed painting of weeds on a mid-tone base, obviously I went for black cartridge, big brushes, and an animation. If there are any resonances, they’re Dutch vanitas (faint), and Kim Baker’s updated version of same (a little louder). Continue reading Weeds – painting animated in Pixaloop/MotionLeap
This module has taken eighteen months, partly due to my taking too seriously tutor advice to slow down, thereby missing a deadline. It means I need to finish the next two modules in the same time. No pressure then. The Drawing unit sets out the basics of mark-making with reference to still life, landscape, the human form, and – in my case – whales. This is a detail from the larger A1 piece, made in acrylics on white cartridge selectively prepared with layers of black and white gesso for substance and texture. There are nods here to Hambling, Turner, Klee, and … Continue reading Final assignment for the Drawing module – in paint!
I’m very much enjoying the Drawing course but it was good to be able to carve some acrylics onto a solid gesso base again. The task is to produce a painting of my choice on any support and in at least A3 size. Initially, I went back to my jug and onion combination – lovely bright colours and this time the jug actually looks to be the right sort of shape and proportion with itself! Happy? Course not – there was a seafront calling, based on a drawing that gave me enormous trouble with its perspectives. I’d liked the monochrome … Continue reading Painting – first assignment
I’m right at the beginning of what could be a five to seven year haul towards the degree and, coming as it does some fifty years since I did the Foundation year, I need to get a shift on or I’ll be grabbing that scroll while they’re nailing the lid down! My blogs (learning logs for the course) are elsewhere but, as it’s going to take up much of my artistic effort and there might not be much else to post, I’ll be popping some bits and pieces here from time to time. Maybe there’ll be visible progress, you never … Continue reading OCA BA hons Painting – some exercise tasks