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Project 3: Composition

It took some re-reading and thinking to understand what this exercise was really asking for. I decided that this was one of the projects which is effectively a single piece of work. The first part is to play with ideas for a major composition. The second part is to create an A3 landscape drawing based on the selected composition.

Exercise 1 Developing your studies

Seaside sunset

Some initial thoughts in my sketchbook…

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Project 1: Composition

This has been a fairly long winded Project in its own way. I previously commented on my composition research, which I have been combining with some experiments in different media. I’m beginning to think more when building a composition – which I suppose is a level of success.

The next step, I think, is to move on to the other exercises and apply this new experimenting with media and composition to them. Its likely to be an interesting journey, as I have a lot of new things to think about.

Within the media, the water colour wax crayons have worked OK – but the oil pastels are too crude. They would be best for very large format drawings, or I need to find a way to provide more subtlety in their use. The blending of colour “in situ,” rather than on a palette, is also proving quite a challenge for me – but one I need as however many colours I have available I’ll never have everything I’d like.

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Composition of Still Life

Despite my tutor’s comment that my book work is ahead of my own work I’ve been re-reading the course notes, and have realised that an area I need to consider in more detail is composition. As such I went off on the research trail again. This time I have a different focus: “How do I produce a good composition?” In particular, of course, this means an initial focus of still life compositions. I believe, however, that most of the “rules” of composition are more generic than this. Continue reading “Composition of Still Life”

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Assignment 5 Feedback

Overall Comments

You set out a clear plan – described as a series of ‘cycles’ – for the creation of several work informed by the work of other artists. As discussed, the submission seems a little thin when compared to – for example – the figure drawing submission last time. You have time to return to the project(s) you have set yourself and flesh them out and explore them more fully.

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Assignment 5

Artist’s Statement

Title:

Developing a body of work that conveys the feeling of the landscapes.

This enquiry was focused on building a body of work, rather than a single drawing, which was trying to convey the feeling of places in landscape drawings. This meant selecting an appropriate approach to creating the image that would convey something of the image which isn’t based in technical accuracy.

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Reflection on Part 5

Direction

The overall challenge I set myself for Part 5 was to develop my ability to convey an impression of a landscape, rather than to focus of accurate portrayal. I want the viewer to gain a sense of the scene from looking at the picture, leading to a level of interest in the image beyond that simple representation of the scene.

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Cycle 5: Elbigenalp cross

Note 12/06/2019: Some text has been added after Assignment 5 feedback has been received. This has been dated and highlighted to provide context.

Context

On the top of a mountain near Elbigenalp there stands a cross which is clearly visible from the valley. I first saw thew cross back when I visited the valley for the first time, and wanted to get up to it. I finally managed to get to the top, and the scale of the cross and its presence is hard to put into words. I decided to see what I could do with a drawing.

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Cycle 4: The sea

Context

Although this isn’t exact a new concept for drawing it is definitely one that is close to my heart. I’ve spent much of my life on and near the bodies of water. Early in life it was the Lakes of Cumbria and smaller bodies of water. Later this has expanded out to the sea, and threaded through all of this is running water in rivers and streams – with the inevitable water falls. For this cycle I’ve decided to focus on the sea.

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Cycle 3: Fountains Abbey

Context

Fountains Abbey is a beautiful place owned by the National Trust. Its connected to a large park and water gardens, and even when relatively crowded it has an air of tranquillity about it. I also have strong connotations with the site due to walking round it with my wife, and sometimes my children, as a break point in long journeys.

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Reflection on Part 4 feedback

Tonal Life Drawing

In the feedback session and write up my tutor mentioned that I am still too hung up on outline, and that I should be producing more tonal work rather than concentrating on outlines. In my next life drawing session, therefore, That was my focus, and it was at least partially successful. There is still some visible outline, bit that is partially because I ran out of time.

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Cycle 1: Tonal study

Intent

For this first cycle I’ve decided to follow up on my tutor’s suggestion of focusing on tonal work. Thus I would like to achieve the following:

  • Tonal drawing with no visible outline.
  • Grey scale rather colour.
  • Matching tone and medium to subject; and
  • Conveying the feeling of the scene – rather than accurate technical portrayal.
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Posted in Exhibitions & Books, Research & Reflection

Visit to the National Gallery

It is strange, given I work in London and am on an Art Degree, that this was my first visit to the National Gallery. In visiting the Gallery I needed to focus, at least to a degree, and so I chose to consider primarily Landscape images. That didn’t restrict me too much, as there are large numbers of them in there, but it at least allowed me to have a meaningful approach.

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Visit to the British Museum

My artistic excuse for this visit was nominally the current exhibition of work by Rembrandt – though I never need much of an excuse for a visit. I didn’t limit myself to the Rembrandt work though, and so the range of interesting work was quite wide, as the following image summary illustrates:

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Part 4 Reflection

Approach and Progress

As noted previously, I knew from the start of the course that part 4 would be a challenge for me. I started making progress with Life Drawing classes, but a change of working approach made it much more difficult to get to these sessions as much as I’d like. Strangely, therefore, I’ve been doing less life drawing during the Part 4 than I did earlier in the course.

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Assignment 3 Feedback

Overall Comments

… You have responded well to the challenge of working things out THROUGH drawing that I set you last time. There’s a palpable sense of you taking control of the work in this submission. You’ve deliberately avoided doing in depth ‘book’ research in order to focus on making. This has worked. Well done. Obviously there’s work to do, but I feel that you have made good progress with this submission and that the work you have made is more ‘you’. Continue reading “Assignment 3 Feedback”

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Part 3 Reflection

Assignment 3

Fit to brief

Composition

The image includes both natural and man made objects, with plenty of scope for demonstrating depth. Oddly for the Langdales there wasn’t that much water vapour in the air the day I took the visual notes, and so there wasn’t much aerial perspective present. I considered adding it anyway, but I quite like the darker mountains in the far distance. Continue reading “Part 3 Reflection”