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Maggi Hambling (Revisited)

I was thinking about the exercises, and what “loosely describe” actually needed. They reminded me of the Maggi Hambling Works on Paper exhibition. Much of her work in charcoal could be “loosely described” and yet manages to get a lot over emotionally and in terms of atmosphere. I went back though the book mentioned in the latest article and started to think how that style might be applied within the current exercises. Continue reading “Maggi Hambling (Revisited)”

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Modern Art Themes…

I’ve been at the Coursera again. This time “Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes” (https://www.coursera.org/learn/ideas). The idea is to consider Modern and Contemporary art within the context of its meaning rather than by time and art movement. The themes are: “Places & Spaces”, “Art & Identity”, “Transforming Everyday objects” and “Art & Society”. The main interest lies in their coverage of the context around a number of pieces and the way that they mesh with the theme. Continue reading “Modern Art Themes…”

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Degas: A Passion for Perfection

As I was in Cambridge for a family gathering I took a couple of hours out to visit the Fitzwillam Museum and see the Degas show (http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/degas). I’ll admit I didn’t do any real research up front and so the exhibition surprised me. I thought it was a show of his work, but it is (mainly) a collection of his collected art which was sold after his death. There is a lot of work by Degas, but there is also so much more as some of the most interesting aspects of the exhibition is the breadth of research that Degas undertook s part of building his art. Continue reading “Degas: A Passion for Perfection”

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Nude Reflections

I was recently visiting Anglesey Abbey, which has a wonderful collection of art. The featured image was nestled among them, and that made me think about the points made in “Ways of Seeing” about nudes in general and nudes in european oil paints in particular. The painting is by William Etty, and there is some additional information about it here. Continue reading “Nude Reflections”

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Figure Drawing Research

This may be a bit of a strange post, as I am effectively documenting a set of resources that I’ve been using to try to improve my figure drawing. Most of them I’ve collected together fairly recently, but some I’ve been using for a while. I can’t say the list is exhaustive but this is an area I’ve been struggling with for a while, as I suspect do many people when learning to draw figures. This means I’ve collected quite a few sources of information, and am identifying some of the key ones here to give an idea of the signposts that I’ve found to point me in roughly the right direction. I think between them these resources provide the information I need to make progress. Now I need a lot of practice and reflection. Continue reading “Figure Drawing Research”

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Odilon Redon’s tonal drawings

A quick Google Search (https://www.google.co.uk/search?odilon+redon+tonal+drawings) on Odilon and his Noirs (the name he uses for his tonal drawings) quickly brings a wealth of information. This can be further elaborated by wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odilon_Redon  Continue reading “Odilon Redon’s tonal drawings”