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Derwent Art Academy Lesson 6

Today I completed the final lesson of the Derwent Art Academy course.

This time it required the use Oil Pastels and Sgraffito technique to produce a painting.

Size A5 (6"x8") 21/01/2014

Size A5 (6″x8″)

I really enjoyed doing this and will definitely use the technique as part of a Mixed Media painting in the future.


Derwent Art Academy Lesson 5

Today I completed lesson 5 of the Derwent Art Academy course, it covered watercolour mixing and using the wet-in-wet technique.

The end result was to produce a painting of trees.

A3 (16"x12") 19/01/2014

A3 (16″x12″)

I’m not very happy with my painting really, I tried to work in the style of the artist and I found that really difficult. On the bright side though, it was accepted and I am now looking forward to the final lesson!



Week 2 – Cloth Study

Following on from last week’s observation lesson, we took a look at different folds in cloth.  I didn’t realise they had names!

We had the option of drawing the different folds or to make a study of the cloth we are going to use in our own composition in next week’s still life.

I opted to make a study of the tea towel that I am going to use next week.

Size A3 (16"x12") 13/01/2013

Size A3 (16″x12″)

I decided to use Pastel Pencils as I had more control over the more detailed parts of the cloth.  I found it really challenging but, thoroughly enjoyable.

New Term – Week 1

It was great being back in class today, there were lots of new faces as well as the more familiar ones.

We started off as we normally do with an observation session.  The new starters did mushrooms, whilst the rest of us had clothes hanging from an airer to attempt.

We could use any medium we liked so, I decided on to use Charcoal.

Size TBC  08/01/2014

Size A3 (16″x12″)

I’m really pleased with the way this turned out.  It was a challenge but, it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Seasons Greetings

I’d just like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

I’d also like to wish you happy holidays to those who don’t celebrate Christmas.

I hope you all enjoy lots of love, joy and happiness and of course lots of creativity….and booze!!….(if you drink!)

I hope 2014 a good year for us all.

Happy painting!!

Derwent Art Academy Lesson 4

Today I completed lesson 4 of the Derwent Art Academy course, it covered colour, tone and blending colour pencils.

I haven’t really done much colour pencil work before and I really enjoyed using them.  There were 2 subjects to choose from.  The first was a Cockerel and the second was a Blue Tit.

I opted to do the Blue Tit and I will be attempting the Cockerel in the near future.

Size A5 (6″ x 8″) 20/12/13
Blue Tit
A5 (8″ x 6″)