5-1-3 Exercise: Painting a landscape on coloured paper

Go to one of your familiar landscape settings, use an A4 or smaller watercolour pad.  Before you go colour wash (mid-toned colours) two or three sheets from your pad and dry.  You will… Continue reading

5-1-2 Exercise: Drawing on a coloured ground

You will need a range of watercolours and any drawing media such as pencil, conte crayon, or charcoal, plus opaque media such as pale or white gouache, oil pastel or acrylic paint. Find… Continue reading

5-1-1 Exercise: Tonal studies made on a coloured ground

Tone paper each sheet a different mid-toned colour such as green, brown or red.  Avoid very pale colours like yellow and very dark colours such as burnt umber or black. Subject : need… Continue reading

4-6-2 Assignment 4 : Landscape painting with mixed elements and features

Look carefully at all of the relevant studies and exercises you have undertaken and plan your painting. Working on an A3 sheet or larger compose a landscape that includes at least three of… Continue reading

4-5-4 Exercise: Human figure in the landscape

You could : make a separate study of a group or individual then place this group into a landscape that you work on in situ or that you have created from various sources… Continue reading

4-5-3 Exercise: Animals in the landscape

Visit an area where you know that there are sheep, cattle or horses and, working in a sketch pad, make lots of studies of them in pencil. Shade with pencil or use a… Continue reading

4-5-2 Exercise: Painting rocks

You will need an A3 or A4 watercolour pad and sketchpad also your drawing and painting media. Find a location to sit undisturbed where you can work out an interesting and dynamic composition.… Continue reading

4-5-1 Exercise: Painting trees

Exercise: Painting trees Work on two contrasting paintings that feature trees. If you do both paintings on the same day, notice exactly where the light has shifted to while you have been working.… Continue reading

Add. Research: Analyse the work of – Sargent, Nash, Burra and Homer

Additional study as suggested by tutor!        Analyse the work of – John Singer Sargent, Paul Nash, Edward Burra and Winslow Homer Look at the Tate Watercolour catalogue and analyse the work the… Continue reading

Sketchbook June & July 2016

Updates from my sketchbook Part of a monument at Nunhead cemetery   East Farleigh bridge     Cocoa at Whitstable beach Trawling the pools at Whitstable beach    

Sketchbook April & May 2016

An update on the latest images from my sketchbook.                

4-4-3 Exercise: Painting moving water

Paint moving water in a river, stream or even the sea.  If you have the opportunity paint by the sea Research : Before you do this exercise, spend some time researching the work… Continue reading

4-4-2 Exercise: Painting still and disturbed water

Lakes or ponds (on any scale including a garden pond or a puddle).  Work on lots of rapid watercolour sketches than on one heavily constructed painting. When you have finished, assess your sketches… Continue reading

4-4-1 Exercise: Still life with water

Use a large watercolour pad or sheet of A3, use drawing media as well as watercolour, if you wish. Find a large shallow bowl and part fill it with water. Place one or… Continue reading

4-3-4 Exercise: Sky dominated landscape

When you have completed these exercises make detailed notes on what you have learned in your learning log. This series of paintings are a mixture of studies done from direct observation, from photos… Continue reading

4-3-3 Exercise: Different kinds of clouds

Read up some more on clouds and weather and make lots of trips outside making notes about what you see. Consider the best approach to painting different kinds of cloud formations.  Make studies… Continue reading

4-3-2 Exercise: Tonally graded wash and simple clouds

Observing the sky paint simple washes to depict the sky and clouds.  Practice these tonal studies and aim for accuracy, holding your dry painting up to the sky to check the colour and… Continue reading

4-3-1 Research Point : Artists investigations into perception of natural world

Exhibition Visit – Simon Starling

Simon Starliong – Nottingham Contemporary Gallery http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/ http://www.thegrandtour.uk.com/exhibition/simon-starling/ https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/mar/22/simon-starling-review-nottingham-contemporary Simon Starling at Nottingham Contemporary, 19 March – 26 June 2016 Nottingham Contemporary will present a major solo exhibition by Turner Prize winner Simon Starling… Continue reading

Exhibition Visit – David Jones Jun’16

Nottingham – June 2016 David Jones – VISION AND MEMORY Exhibition / Djanogly Gallery) https://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/david-jones-vision-and-memory-at-pallant-house/ http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/exhibitions/event/3037/david-jones-vision-and-memory.html extract from gallery literature & web David Jones (1895-1974) was a painter, engraver, poet and maker of inscriptions.… Continue reading