Posted in Notes, Research & Reflection

Technique: Oil Pastels

This is from Part 2, but I intended to do a quick write up. I tried an experiment with Oil Pastels quite early on in part 2, when I was trying a range of media for the first time. At that point I made the observation that this is likely to be a medium for avoiding detail. Continue reading “Technique: Oil Pastels”

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Soft pastel experiments

Not strictly part of any of the exercises, but this has been an interesting experimental journey:

IMG_6487 (Edited)These images make up an experimental sequence where I was experimenting with soft pastels in an A3 sketchbook. In the first I thought I got some nice water reflection, interesting overall feel, and Quite liked the semi-line quality of the marks. I wasn’t so keen keen on the chairs unfortunately. I wasn’t trying for accuracy – but they’re a bit too far out. Need to concentrate a bit more on relative angles. Continue reading “Soft pastel experiments”

Posted in Assignment 2, Assignments, Coursework, Part 2, Research & Reflection

Part 2 Feedback and Reflection

In the following extract I’ve retained the relevant feedback for my development and removed content which seems inappropriate to share. Missing content is denoted with “…”. My initial reflection on the feedback follows it.

Overall Comments

In the blog you write about your research method. It would be good to use drawing as the principle research method. When you spend time with a subject and forget about what’s ‘right’ you make some good work. At the moment though, you tend to be hidebound by the discoveries / methods of others. Allow yourself to investigate the media and the subject THROUGH drawing and not through reading about other people’s way of making things. Continue reading “Part 2 Feedback and Reflection”

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Reflection: Part 2 So far…

Tutor feedback progress

When I receive tutor feedback I tend to make a minor action plan on what best to do about it. In this case, the report pretty much had the main action plan in the summary:

  • Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.
  • Follow up on the suggestions I have made.
  • Make stronger connections between your work and that of others.
  • Be patient and focus on the potential for the media to make marks. Don’t try and make ‘finished’ works.
  • Make lots more preparatory work

Continue reading “Reflection: Part 2 So far…”

Research: Monochrome still life

Posted in Art and Artists, Research & Reflection

Susan Gathercole

I recently ran into Susan Gathercole’s work. Looking at her web site’s Galleries there were pieces from the last few years present. The work seems to have been inspired by a range of artists, including Picasso. She doesn’t try for a highly realistic view, and has some of the multi-viewpoint properties of other artists. (I have to assume this is intentional, rather than due to lack of skill.) The colours she uses are rich and representational, and there is some feeling of depth from the use of tone.

Overall, I like her work because of it conveys a feeling about the subject as much of the reality of the subject. As always, it is worth seeing personally rather than via Internet based images if you get the opportunity.

Featured image: Stella and Sissie Rum Cup, Susan Gathercole, 2018, from http://www.susangathercole.co.uk/gallery_735176.html#photos_id=16052160