Category Archives: Still Life

Week 3 – Still Life

Following on from last week’s practice session, this week’s lesson was to compose our own still life incorporating cloth.

I decided that oranges would look good on the green and white fabric.  I also opted for a mixed media painting using Watercolours and Watercolour pencils.

Oranges & Tea TowelI need to finish it at home and once I have I’ll post it in the Mixed Media Paintings tab.

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″)
13/01/2013

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″)
08/01/2014

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

Project Weeks 3 & 4 – Buttons

After doing 2 tonal drawings I decided it was time to do a large version in colour.

I opted for Acrylics as I have finally got used to using them and now actually like them.  My art teacher agreed with me that a restricted palette was the way to go.  I chose Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Magenta, Orange, Black and White.  I decided I wanted to do an abstract piece.

 The painting is posted under the Acrylics Painting tab.

Project Week 2 – Buttons

I decided this week to use charcoal for my first A2 (16″x23″) composition.  I really like working in charcoal it’s great for working on large pieces and it’s really messy and fun!

For my mid tone I decided to use sandpaper to grate the charcoal against and then used a soft cloth and gently rubbed the charcoal into the paper.  I then used charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils.  I lifted out some of the charcoal with my putty rubber to create the highlights.

I have posted my drawing under the Charcoal Drawings tab.

Project Week 1 – Buttons

This is the first day of the start of our project weeks.  The criteria for the project is to use small objects (I’ve chosen buttons), do a drawing/painting maximum size of A5 (5″x7″) and then do another drawing/painting minimum size of A2 (16″x23″).

I spent today working out the composition for my graphite drawing.  I have decided I’m going to use A6 (4″x6″) paper and do a life-size drawing in graphite.

I’ll post it under the Graphite Drawings tab once I’ve completed it.

Autumn Term

Today was the first day of term and it was great to be back.  This term’s lessons look really interesting and I can’t wait to get going.

We started off as we always do with an observation session.  We could choose our own still life composition using a paper bag and a pear.  We could choose to use either pencils, charcoal or soft pastels.

I chose to use my new tinted charcoal pencils, black charcoal pencil, soft charcoal and white pastel pencil.  I have posted my finished drawing under the Charcoal Drawings tab.

Last Day of Term

Art class today was a mixture of emotions as it was the last day of term. 

I finally finished my Tea Tree of Life and I am so happy with the final painting.  I can’t to see how it ages and if it will continue to evolve as it does so.  We’ve asked if my painting can go on the wall in the room where we do are art.  If they give the go ahead I will be really pleased as everyone that goes into that room will see it.

I am really excited about an up and coming exhibition in July of our work and in September another exhibition is going to be held.  I won’t be exhibiting my Tea Tree of Life though as it’s too large to transport about easily.

I have posted it under the Mixed Media Paintings tab.

Project – Week 1 – Tea Tree of Life

I can’t believe it’s the start of project weeks already!!  As usual my art teacher suggested project titles and I have decided to do “Rubbish”.

The reason behind this was brought about that night whilst I was laying in bed thinking the title over.  My first thought was to paint a rubbish heap with seagulls flying over it and the machines used to move it.  I then concentrated on something my art teacher said “making something beautiful from rubbish”.  I then started thinking about recycling and what I personally use a lot of that I could recycle into something beautiful and I thought well I drink a lot of tea, then the idea of using used tea bags sprang to mind.  I was mulling over their shape, (I like Tetley and those bags are round).  I started thinking about doing a tree and I was immediately struck by Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life.  I got up and immediately wrote down my idea, as I knew if I didn’t I wouldn’t sleep.

The next morning I got up and did this sketch.

Tea Tree of Life
A6 (4″ x 6″)
19/04/13

I knew I had an awful lot of preparation to do but luckily, I had 7 weeks in which to gather together everything I would need to bring my idea into fruition.

Firstly, I decided to dry out as many used teabags as I could and save them up.  Next was to purchase a canvas, I found a 40″ x 32″ canvas (it didn’t look that big in the shop…it looked huge when I got it home!)

Once, I had enough used teabags to start me off, I spray coated each one on both sides with Crystral Clear Acrylic Coating.  I then coated both sides in Gesso (allowing each side to dry first).  I then painted each one with Metallic Acrylic paints on both sides (allowing each side to dry first).  I painted 49 in total in 7 different colours.  I continued collecting the used teabags and only sealed them with the Acrylic Coating.

Tea Stained Canvas
40″ x 32″

The canvas I covered in cold tea (which really helped to add to the collection) and provided a wonderful background colour.

I couldn’t wait to get to my art class this morning.  After setting up my easel I set to work.

Tea Tree of Life (WIP I)
40″ x 32″
14/06/2013 

Apologises for the photograph, I managed to cut off the right-hand side.  I used regular Acrylic paints and some of the Metallic colours to paint the tree, I had also added tea leaves to the paint to add texture to the bark and leaves.

Tea Tree of Life (WIP II)
40″ x 32″
14/06/2013

Using a hot glue gun I then set to work sticking the bottom teabags first to make the ground and then continued sticking the fruit onto the tree and adding some fallen fruit at the base too.  I thought I was finished so asked my art teacher her opinion.  She suggested fine gold lines on the tree bark and adding extra swirls to help the tree stand out further.  I was able to leave it on-site as it wasn’t fully dry enough to take home.

I am missing next week’s lesson due to a hospital appointment.  So this will get finished on the very last day of term.  In the meantime however, I have my miniature of the “Pork Pie Church” as URC is known locally to complete before the last day of term, so I will be kept busy.

Weeks 5 & 6 – Art Inspired By Another Artist

We were give 3 artists to investigate they were: Carry Akroyd, Edward Bawden and Alphonse Mucha.

We were then asked to do our own piece of art that was inspired by one of the artists adding to the challenge was the fact that all three where renown for their print work and we were to paint or draw our version.  I really enjoyed researching all three and I liked these images that I found.

Fenlife by Carry Akroyd
Play with Me by Edward Bawden

Zodiac by Alphonse Mucha

I really liked Edward Bawden’s work so I decided to go with him.

I missed week 4 of doing this as I was away.  Not wanting to be left behind I did a quick sketch whilst away to show my teacher today.  I wasn’t sure if I had captured the style of Edward Bawden, and wanted her to have a look.  She agreed I had, so I progresssed my sketch further.

I wasn’t sure whether to do my final image in Gouache or in pen so, to save myself some time in class I opted to start the drawing on Bockingford Watercolour paper, that way both options were covered.  My art teacher and I agreed to opt for the pen option as I would be able to achieve finer detail.

I have posted the final image under the Pen & Ink Drawings tab.