These sketchbook pieces are continuing my work on cells, they are created with watercolours, acrylic paint, paint sticks and collage. Read the rest of this entry
I picked these two lino prints from my last lot of work to develop further, I wasn’t sure about the rough broken lines around the central triangle patterns though so I recut a new piece of lino with a plainer background, then made a larger and smaller version to experiment with too. Read the rest of this entry
For this exercise I had to express pairs of words using colours and marks. I chose the words happy/sad, bright/dull, active/passive. I worked in acrylic paints, and I’m most happy with how sad, and dull turned out, they feel to me like they contain a lot of texture, and I like the muted colours.
I then chose the evocative words envy and anger to try out colour associations on a larger scale! Read the rest of this entry
Klimt is one of my favorite artists so I’ve been taking this opportunity to study his work further. This time I took some of the patterns and paintings I’d identified previously (here), and tried working up something similar myself. I noticed that Klimt’s patterns feel some how organic, they resemble fish scales, eyes and wildly growing plants. Personally I think the second one – semi circles on a cream background – looks especially effective and striking, even more so in real life. I also found that I managed to make all of these studies using only a small range of acrylic paints. These were White, Black, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber – I later also added in some Gold as Klimt is well known for his ‘Golden Phase’, although I believe he actually used Gold Leaf, whereas I only had paint!
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I recently acquired the book Expressive Drawing by Steven Aimone, I hate to say it but I was totally drawn in by the picture on front cover. Naughty naughty! There’s something about abstract art work that attracts me, I feel I’d love to make paintings like that but when I try they just look like childish scribbles to me!
After my first Assignment for my current OCA course my tutor encouraged me to work bigger. Now I already work on A3 paper a lot of the time so I wondered how on earth I was going to get bigger than that. I tried working on sheets of newspaper, or taping and gluing smaller sheets together, but its so time consuming and really gets in the way of just getting on and working. Eventually I came across this fantastic roll of paper made by a company called Fabriano that’s 1.5m wide by 10m long – fantastic! I just knew it would be perfect for use with this book. The first exercise is called Automatic Drawing and is all about embracing the pleasure of simply making marks on paper. You make a few marks on the paper then stand back and see where you feel like making a few more, then repeat until you feel satisfied with your picture, and boy is this satisfying!
Whilst working on the colour section of my OCA course, I discovered an intense dislike for the colour green. I don’t usually include green in my paintings, or in my sewing activities by choice so I decided to force myself to give it more of a try.
This week my art class was all about trying trying out different mediums, so to embrace the colour green I went with an Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow in watercolour, acrylic and oil paint, which of course combine to make green. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been working on this painting for an absolute age, its worked in acrylic’s on a box canvas – although the paint is very watered down so it resembles watercolour. It was inspired by this photo taken last summer and my love of abstract watercolour backgrounds, I felt the shape of the plant would lend itself nicely to a painting, but having created the background, I didn’t really like it. It sat around for a few months gathering dust, until I decided it really must be finished to stop it clogging up my kitchen work top. I was going for an abstract feel but I don’t think I captured it, its not my favorite, but it made a nice gift and at least now I can move on to something new without it sitting there mocking me!
For this exercise I cut a simple 8 cm x 8 cm square out of a piece of thick card to use as a stencil, I then worked within the stencil using various graphite pencils to create a range of marks. I picked 6 words from the list provided and tried to recreate the feeling of each word on paper. Some of them, like fast and smooth, ended up with both attempts looking similar; however, I was very pleased with the results of bumpy and sharp, I feel that these have a clear difference between them.