I suddenly recalled seeing a series of drawings of a bull by Picasso whereby he had gradually reduced its form from naturalistic to the barest of essential elements. Because I hadn’t seen that before, I’d had no real sense of … Continue reading Part 5, project 3, exercise 2 – abstract from manufactured forms
This exercise is a real challenge because it’s about using floor space to dribble, drip, and splash paint onto from above. I have very little floor space, and five cats whose main function in life is to sit on or … Continue reading Part 5, project 2, exercise 2 – adding materials from the environment
This exercise requires three drawings (paintings) of the same very familiar scene – a corner of a room, perhaps – in line, tone, then colour. The challenge then is to translate these into a painting and ask whether or not … Continue reading Part 4, project 5, exercise 1 – painting from a drawing
This task requires a review of previous work to consider the mood they may have conveyed, and then either a new painting focusing on mood, or a re-work of an earlier one. Since I almost always end up taking more … Continue reading Part 4, project 3, exercise 2 – expressive landscape
I think the previous exercise gave rise to a soft enough landscape for now, so I’ve gone for the hard version. More architectural and structural but also involving a lot of horizontals and verticals that need, even if they’re hand … Continue reading Part 4, project 1, exercise 2 – hard or soft landscape.
In the absence of any possibility of a live model, I looked through a number of art books with good colour plates to find a substitute. The one that drew my eye, largely because of the sullen expression of the … Continue reading Part 3, project 2, exercise 3 – mood and atmosphere
This task is essentially one of demonstrating a grasp of linear perspective which is where two parallel lines converge on a distant vanishing point, like railway tracks disappearing into the distance. Obviously, in a house the vanishing point is likely … Continue reading Part 2, project 4, exercise 2 – simple interior perspective.