Nottingham : Oct 2015 Nottingham Castle Galleries Corinna Spencer: Portrait of a Lady Love and obsession are central to Corinna Spencer’s work. Through portraiture she explores the effects and manifestations of fixation or romantic love… Continue reading

3.2.4 Exercises: Mixing greens 4

To extend your practice make a painting of several bottles together using a technique that utilises the addition of darks such as Ultramarine and Burnt Umber to achieve the deeper tones in the… Continue reading

Gallery Visit : Hastings : Jerwood Gallery – August 2015

In this visit to the Jerwood there was several exhibitions to see.  I have split these up and commented upon each as well as reproducing information from the Jerwood gallery on each of… Continue reading

Sketchbook : January / February

More images from my sketchbook …… Hastings Pier   Still in the bar, – water soluble graphite pencil     This Castle was previous a medieval Hall, then later updated.  In my lifetime it… Continue reading

3.2.3 Exercises: Mixing greens 3

In this exercise you will be making two simple paintings using a green palette to build up light and shade using two contrasting methods. By layering the same mixture over itself to build… Continue reading

3.2.2 Exercise: Mixing greens 2

In the exercise above the greens were made using a ready-made green as a starting point.  Greens can be mixed from blues and yellows in one of three different ways. 1 Mixing two… Continue reading

3.2.1 Exercise: Mixing greens 1

This is an exercise to mix different greens both from the blues and yellows in your palette.  Develop a range of greens. Draw a chart of eight 3cm squares with lots of rows. … Continue reading

3.1.3 Exercise: Subject choices

Select a title for your painting based on the subject matter, mood or colours.  Work quickly (up to an hour) and loosely on two or three titled paintings.  What titles did you choose… Continue reading

3.1.2 Exercise: Sketches from different viewpoints

Find a location in which available light will hold for a sustained period.  Around 30 minutes for each of the following watercolour sketches. Now find a viewpoint for your first quick study. Let… Continue reading

3.1.1 Exercise: Inside and outside

A watercolour landscape from direct observation.  Rapid watercolour studies (allow 30–60 minutes each) first from indoors and then from outside.  Restricted palette.  Work on an A3 or A4 Choose a view that you… Continue reading

2.6.2 Additional Research from Report

Additional Research from Report 1 -2 Look at the still life artists I have mentioned above. Also look at the work of Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (suggest getting hold of the book ‘Art and… Continue reading

2.6.1 Additional research suggested by Tutor

Additional research suggested by Tutor Additional Research from Report 1 -1 Extract from tutor report :    ………. I like the fact that you have implied the front edge of the chopping board in… Continue reading

Sketchbook : More sketches from Istanbul

Some of the latest sketches from my sketchbook.    

2.5 Assignment 2

Paint your final still life as your Assignment 2.  It should demonstrate your ability to represent observed details, your understanding of tone, colour and composition and the beginnings of your personal watercolour style.… Continue reading

2.4.5 Research : artists’ approach to domestic subjects

Look at artists’ approach to domestic subjects and their many and varied approaches to the still life. I have selected a few paintings by artists on still life or domestic subjects.  These show… Continue reading

2.4.4 Research : Different approaches to colour theory & painting

Choose two painters whose work in any medium you really like and respond to, but who use colour in different ways. Below is an extract of some of the detail noted with the… Continue reading

2.4.3 Exercise: Warm and cold colours

For this exercise use postcard-sized pieces of watercolour paper – paint little pictures using just a few colours and very little detail. Set up subjects which juxtapose warm and cold colours. 5 minutes… Continue reading

2.4.2 Exercise: Working with greys and browns

Exercise brief: Collect objects for a still life that are white, grey or mid-pale brown.  Don’t forget to take the colours of the background and floor or table surface into account; they need… Continue reading

2.4.1 Exercise: Still life with colourful objects

Paint a colourful a still life.  Try to include two different colour ideas: Find some objects with complementary colours – a green box and red apples, a violet cloth or ceramic and some… Continue reading

2.3.4 Research: Interiors

Look at paintings of interiors such as the work of the Dutch masters, Vermeer and Van Dyck, also look at Whistler’s interiors. Vermeer I have selected some paintings of interiors I like.  In… Continue reading