Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sketching, Sketching, Sketching

It's end of term holidays and I'm supposed to be finding things I want to make paintings of for next term. I've already started a portrait of Vanessa in her wedding dress, though it's in one of those unpleasant places just at the moment. I am going to do a pianting of the "Tate" family. Other than that, I'm leaning toward giant crabs destroying the city and a piss trough!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

reinvent it

I have noticed that many of my paintings go through several stages of ugliness before they get anything like OK and Nameer assures us this is quite common. So what do you do when things are going wrong? Reinvent it! This week we were asked to take a painting we had done in an earlier class and turn it into something new.

Nameer demonstrated by slapping daubs of coloured paint over one of his own paintings that had lost it's way. Reluctant to demolish many of my recent pictures, I chose this one from the very beginning of the semester.

Don't ask me what it's supposed to represent. I was making it up as I went along.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Perspective Exercise

After a brief lecture on vanishing point perspective, we started a painting of a group of empty frames that Nameer the Sculptor arranged artfully ( I mean no irony) on a pair of wooden plinths. I had started painting the things I could see through the frames as realistically as I could manage but the result looked cluttered. I decided the frames were the Hero so I blurred the background and It looks much better.

Monday, April 4, 2011


Five year old Maddy decided to replicate one of my drawings. I am immensely proud of her observational skill and the fact that she had a few goes at it. But I must admit to a certain amount of shame because of the subject matter.......and the fact that she had a few goes at it.

First attempt - Empty beer cans are all rectangles in this one (which is pretty cool). She has even addressed the leaf litter in the top left corner, balanced by the inclusion of the sun in the other corner.
Second attempt (I think. I didn't see her do this one). Here she graduates from straight rectangles to round tops. Very nice. Although I suspect the squiggle means she wasn't happy with this one.
And the final rendering combines the elements of the first two including the round tops, one can is crushed and the holes in the top show as deep shadow. The impossible sun has been removed, replaced by a tree, recognising the fact that the cans are on the ground and the view is downward. I like this one best of all.