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Project 6 Manipulating Fabric

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To work on this project I chose these 6 pages of my sketchbook to work from.

  • The first two are inspired by fungi I spotted whilst out walking, I made a few initial sketches then worked from those and additional photo’s I found, experimenting with collage, oil pastels, acrylic paint and inktense pencils.
  • The next page was inspired by a photo I found of bird in a magazine which was focused on the beautiful pattern made by its feathers, I worked on these ideas using layering and scratching away acrylic paint, wax crayons, marker pens and a fabric collage. It was the jewel-like colours and overlapping shapes which really interested me here.
  • The ‘rock-pool’s’ page was inspired by the road where I walk my dog, it is very broken and uneven and the patterns the stones form on the floor always catch my attention. I really love the small range of colour’s shown in the photo I found, it is very simple and ‘earthy’ feeling, but still has lots of contrast, it also has a strong circular feeling to me which I think came through ion my sketches.
  • The page about ‘birds on a cliff’ doesn’t really show up very well in the photo, but I felt very drawn to its feeling of many layers and lines.
  • The last page I worked on has to be my favorite. I had been reading a book about people marooned on a desert island and when I saw this photo in a magazine it caught my attention. I really love the shapes and colours shown in the photo, although in some ways my sketches and collages make me think more of a peacocks tail than the desert island I intended.

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Sketchbook – All the single ladies…

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My OCA textiles course claims that drawing ability doesn’t matter, as anybody / everybody can do simple mark making – even my two year old little boy! Somehow that doesn’t stop me from feeling that some of the work I produce is just plain rubbish. So instead of it getting me down, and just throwing away half the stuff I start in disgust (bad work makes me angry!!!), I thought I’d just try and improve my drawing skills. After doing some research on the internet I came across a book called ‘New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ by Betty Edwards. I’ll be doing a full review on the book when I’ve finished it, but for now I thought I’d share some of the work I’ve been doing to practice ‘sighting’.

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Sketchbook – Project Green Part 2 : Playtime!!!

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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

Sketchbook – Project Green Part 1

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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!