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Developing Artistic Style, part 2

What are the things I like?

I’ll start with some of my own sculpture that I actually like. I’m sticking to pieces that are my design, rather than copies of someone else’s work. When on courses at the Austria wood carving school one of the major teaching devices is to get you to carve from others designs. Although I like many of these, I don’t really consider them my work. Continue reading “Developing Artistic Style, part 2”

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Developing Artistic Style

This particular journey started whilst touring Pinterest. It is something I have come to realise that I need to do previously, but in a fairly abstract way rather than considering a research-based approach. This is a theme that keep recurring, as in “Newman made Pagan Void two years before he discovered his artistic direction. Like many of his peers, he was interested in Native American art and Surrealism, influences visible in the biomorphic shapes in this abstraction.” (From, part of the “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting!” course about Barnett Newman. You may have to sign up to view the material, URL Viewed 05 April 2017) This sort of reference occurs many times, and I have observed it in a number of artists. The concept seems to be that an artist tries lots of different approaches and techniques until the find something that they focus on and really get involved with. Continue reading “Developing Artistic Style”

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Reflection on Tutor feedback

On consideration I’ve decided that it is appropriate to reflect on my tutor’s feedback again. This is more for my own thinking than as a response. After my Assignment 2 feedback I realised that I hadn’t understood and/or followed some of his advice. Considering each point explicitly at this point seems worthwhile as a completeness check, and to build a “further work” list. Continue reading “Reflection on Tutor feedback”

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How to do Analysis and Reflection?

An area that I’ve spent a certain amount of time researching, but didn’t get around to writing up is around analysis of art, and reflection for learning. This is an area I spent some effort on before Assessment 1, but I went back round the whole idea when I received the feedback for Assignment 2. The feedback made it clear that the my process left something to be desired. What to do about that, however, was still quite open. I needed some ideas on how to approach resolving the feedback satisfactorily. Continue reading “How to do Analysis and Reflection?”

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OTIS Art History

One of the (many) areas I feel I need to develop is an appreciation and understanding of Art History. I’ve picked up some big and heavy books, but needed a summary as a start point. This is where the OTIS Art History has been interesting. I originally found them on iTunesU, but the same material (along with quite a lot of other stuff) is available via their YouTube playlists. The Art History Time Line is interesting because it is in lots of 5 minute chunks, so not too must to digest at a time.

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Providing evidence of discernment


I have been struggling with the feedback from my tutor, not because of a flaw in it but because all of this “Art Education” is new to me. Having spent most of my career in software engineering and business management I think I have an unusual way (for the art world) of dealing with instructions. I am also quite “process oriented” in how I do things.

Bringing this back to the feedback I’m struggling with, it is this from Assignment 1:

  • Provide evidence of research, discernment, self-evaluation and contextual study in your logbook

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