Category Archives: Architecture

Weeks 5 & 6 – Project – Busy Street Scene

My art teacher brought in some black and white photographs for us to choose from.

Bar CentraleThere were loads but, I really liked this scene so decided to give it a try.  The only criteria we had to follow was that it must be Mixed Media.

I opted for Watercolours and pen.  I also felt I wanted to try a different approach to how I normally work.  So, I decided to try a loose, sketchy feel to it.  I wanted to convey the feeling of actually being there and the spontaneity of the painting rather than feeling as though it had been painted from a photograph.  I think it was fairly successful but, I’ll let you decide what you think.  I’ve posted the finished painting under the Mixed Media Paintings Tab.

Miniature Completed!!

Today, I completed my miniature of the United Reform Church in Wellingborough using the photograph that John Larkin kindly gave me permission to use.

I haven’t done any architecture using only graphite before and I was a little nervous about the way it would turn out. I deliberately left the background blank as I wanted to keep the focus on the church.

It was definitely challenging and I learnt so much by doing it.  There are of course somethings I would like to change or do differently but, all in all,  I am really pleased with the final result.

I have posted the drawing under the Graphite Drawings tab.

Week 7 – Jigsaw & Miniature

This week we started on our group project which is a jigsaw based on this photograph that my art teacher took.  We all agreed this was the best one to do from a selection that she had taken.

Market Street, Wellingborough

She enlarged the photo and cut it up and gave us all a piece.  The only colours we can use are:- Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Black & White, we can use any medium we like.

Market Street, Wellingborough (WIP)

This is my puzzle piece and I have chosen to use Watercolours on Bockingford Watercolour paper.  I am hoping to have it completed by the next lesson.

We also were given a miniature to do based on the theme “Northamptonshire”, the size must be A6 (4″x6″) in black and white only.  I have chosen this photograph by John Larkin, who has kindly given me permission to use his photograph (I have watermarked it on his behalf to ensure that it isn’t downloaded without his permission).

URC High St, Wellingborough by John Larkin

I am going to use graphite pencil and hopefully do this beautiful photograph the justice it deserves.