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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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Assignment 2: Lichen revisited

Note: Reworked following Part 2 feedback, including merging together the parts of the thread.

I’ve had a few ideas for Assignment 2, but since my earlier lichen drawing it’s a subject I’ve wanted to revisit. This time, however, I’m planning to take a different approach. Continue reading “Assignment 2: Lichen revisited”

Research: Monochrome still life

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Intimacy tangent

I wondered why the part has been given the name, and whether it is intended to have a special artistic connotation. I started with a disctionary definition:


a. a close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc.:
an intimacy with Japan.
b. an act or expression serving as a token of familiarity, affection, or the like:
to allow the intimacy of using first names.

c. the quality of being comfortable, warm, or familiar:
the intimacy of the room.

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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 ( 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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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”