Thursday, 30 December 2021
Friday, 24 December 2021
Thursday, 23 December 2021
Holly has such glossy dark prickly leaves that are irresistible at this time of year. Variegated leaves allow for lovely layering, which is the basis of water colour painting. Here is a selection of students artworks
For softer transitions of colour, working on a damp surface is the key, though just HOW damp is learned through trial and experience.
Wednesday, 22 December 2021
It's lovely to work using seasonal subjects, and what's more seasonal than the giving of gifts?
So I wrapped a few Tupperware boxes in Christmas paper, and after an hour or so I was feeling quite festive!
Here are some examples of lovely student work. Maximum suffering, great results.
|Two lovely pieces by Jennifer, who only started classes this term!|
|Two sessions got this lovely painting over the line. Christine W|
|Ken's fabulous Coloured pencil artwork. Two sessions of suffering...|
|Cathy's lovely artwork, not quite finished.|
Thursday, 9 December 2021
I recently gave a drawing workshop to a group of students who are studying at Queen's University, Belfast. they were from all different subject areas, from Economics to Philosophy, languages to IT. Every subject, except art. I admire universities and colleges who encourage student interaction outside of their immediate comfort zone, and this mix of students paid attention and came up with great results. I appreciate that some of them may have turned up because of the bribe of 'doughnuts', but they all drew while they munched!
|My demo board, including explanatory labels about light and lack of light.|
|Oil painting demos of sphere and egg shape, showing light and shadow behaviour.|
It was good fun to go out of the studio to teach for a change.
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Hallowe'en got me thinking about trick or treat, so I opted for treat and found an old fashioned sweet shop in Bangor. The choice was enormous, from lolly pop swirls to mint humbugs and cherry lips! I got bags-full of a variety of shapes and sizes, looking for patterns and contrasting colours to give maximum visual joy! Here are a few students lovely artworks.
|Alison S - good enough to eat!|
Some opted to draw on tinted paper. This works really well for coloured pencil, and saves a fair bit of elbow grease regarding background tones. It's also lovely to ADD white, rather than leaving blank white paper to create light areas.
|Sara, in action!|
|Rachel J's tall glass of sweets, excellently resisted!|
|this is also by Rachel J, who enjoyed the subject so much that she did a second version. The background paper - which she found by just scanning the room - really adds to the fun of the subject.|
|Tania's, coloured pencil|
|Rachel O - first ever time using coloured pencil!|
|Ken's sweets in a cup, coloured pencil|
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