CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 5: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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11-11 Class 5 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

11-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Paintings by Karen Robinson and Photograph taken by fellow student of Karen Robinson standing beside her oil paintings of the Pumpkin on A3 Canvas paper – done in class on the day Aug 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 5th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) was just as enjoyable this week as they had been previously.  These classes not only give me the opportunity to learn more about art skills and practices, but also allows for time to chat to other students about their art work efforts.  Class participants are of varying age groups and this too adds to an interesting mix of people and abilities which in turns showcases a variety of talents.  Please click on the links below to view my blogs from previous classes 1 to 4 and following below here are details in relation to this week’s painting and drawings classes 5.

 

NB:  To view details about Class 1 – please click here

NB:  to view details about class 2 – please click HERE

NB:  to view details about class 3 – please click HERE

NB:  to view details about class 4 – please click HERE

4-11 Class 5 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson of Painting Class Room and students at work Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  Now being my 5th class, I have managed to develop a process for myself which is taking time to set up a work area in readiness to start painting. I must confess that viewing a sheet of blank canvas paper set up ready for me to begin a painting does terrify me!  Oil painting is definitely a big challenge and finding the courage to place the oil paint onto the canvas paper to paint an object, is at times, a mystifying feat!  For this class, I decided to paint an object that I had been drawing in my Visual Diary at home.  It was a small gold/black wooden pumpkin.  I thought that painting an object that I had been drawing beforehand might help with my confidence but alas, it was still daunting.

 

3-11 Class 5 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson of her work bench during painting class Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

This week I struggled in being able to formulate the exact colours to emulate the actual pumpkin I had brought into paint.  It got to a point where I just had to make a start with what I had and so I did just that – painted and just gave the whole process a go!  I wasn’t very happy with my efforts unfortunately but I know it’s important to keep pushing forward each week with the hope that I will make better progress as time moves along within each class.

 

 

After completing the first attempt of painting the pumpkin, I had quiet a lot of oil paint left on my colour palette and not wanting to waste it, I decided to quickly use it in producing another oil painting of the pumpkin.  It was an enjoyable experience being able to just apply oil paint to the canvas paper.  While it does not look like the item itself, it did give me the opportunity to just play with colours, oil paint and brush strokes.

 

9-11 Class 5 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

9-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Painting and Photograph by Karen Robinson Titled:  Pumpkin on A3 Canvas Paper in Oil Aug 2016.  Using left over oil painting to quickly create another version of the Pumpkin.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class.  The teacher, Tim Jones, when about checking in with each of the students individually, to see what progress we had made with our drawings and confirm what we intended to proceed with during this particular drawing class.

 

1-11 Class 5 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photo by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photo by Karen Robinson – Photo of work bench in readiness for the commencement of drawing class Aug 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

Once again, I set up my work bench with all my drawing materials, and once again I was looking at a blank sheet of paper which I found a little daunting!  While I was waiting for my class to start, I quickly did a drawing of a clip that was sitting on my work bench just to help me get into a drawing mode.

 

 

Once our class started, our teacher had us commence with an observational drawing.  I decided to draw once again, the small gold/back wooden pumpkin I had brought from home, thinking that after drawing it at home, then painting it within my painting class earlier that day – that perhaps I could improve on my original home drawing effort.  I was happy with my in class drawing of the pumpkin which was pleasing!

 

4-11 Class 5 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photo by Karen Robinson Aug 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-11 Class 5 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photo by Karen Robinson.  Drawing done during drawing class Titled:  Pumpkin on A3 Drawing Paper with pencil Aug 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

After completing my drawing of the pumpkin, I decided to select an item from the group of items our drawing teacher had brought into class earlier that day.  My shoe drawing didn’t receive from me, the same effort and energy that I had put into my pumpkin drawing unfortunately.

 

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home, over a number of days before this particular drawing class, I did a couple of drawings in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary.  I chose to sketch a small gold/black wooden pumpkin because I very much liked its shape and how the light reflected off the object itself.  Also the plum object gave me a different shape to work with and light/shade challenge.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Am always feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes.  My early morning train journey into the heart of the city of Melbourne via Flinders Street Station and being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

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CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!

 

 

5-6 Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

5-6 Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  Wonderful view looking up Degraves Street while train travellers busily head off to their work offices. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

 

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 4: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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No. 2-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 2-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Karen Robinson sketching her mobile phone August 2016.  Photograph taken by fellow student. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

INTRODUCTION

My fourth class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) had proved to be a little challenging for me this week.  I was not physically well and recovering from the flu, but I wanted so much not to miss my classes, as they offered me that sense of mental well-being I have come to cherish over the years by engaging in art for therapy.  Unfortunately my creative efforts for this week suffered a little due to this fact, but I still gained from being in attendance.  Please click on the links below to view my blogs for previous classes 1, 2, 3 and following below here are details in relation to this week’s classes 4.

 

NB:  To view details about Class 1 – please click here

NB:  to view details about class 2 – please click HERE

NB:  to view details about class 3 – please click HERE

No. 1-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 1-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – View from where Karen was sitting of the ‘Produce Drawings’ Class Room.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  For this class,  it was still about building up on my oil painting mixing skills, and about the processes of laying out my choice of colours onto a palette in readiness to paint an oil painting.

 

No. 1-7 Fourth 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 1-7 Fourth ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Art Teacher, Vin Ryan demonstrating the technique in preparing a colour palette in preparation to paint. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

After Vin’s demonstration, I set about in preparation of my own oil paint colour palette in order to paint another painting of a lemon – my choice!  In previous classes, Vin had stated that painting a single subject over and over again, can assist the painter in gaining a better appreciation of their own personal progress.  Therefore, a lemon it was again!  I was happy with my lemon painting of this week, and is featured below in the top image.  I felt I had progressed in understanding more about light and shade.  After a discussion with Vin, I came to learn why my lemon was more round in shape rather than oval like.  It was to do with the fact that I had placed the small green lemon stem in the middle of the lemon, instead to the side of it.  When I re-looked at the actual lemon, it was indeed to the side of the lemon! Vin explained to me that our brain wants us to place things in the centre – this made sense and explained nicely why I had not myself, place the small green stem of the lemon to the side of it!

 

No. 5-7 Fourth 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 5-7 Fourth ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Painted and Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Title:  ‘Lemon’ in Oil Paint on A3 Canvas Paper August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

No. 6-7 Fourth 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 6-7 Fourth ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Here can be seen a comparison of last week’s lemon painting efforts to this week’s lemon painting effort.  Painted and Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class.  The teacher, Tim Jones, firstly had a good look through my visual diary, to see what drawing homework I had been able to achieve since the last class. Then it was onto choosing an item to draw and I chose a tall glass bottle.  Glass – I find to be quiet a challenge, lots of colour variations and shadows that would have gone unnoticed before choosing to sketch it.  Tim said my drawing of the tall glass bottle was a believable effort, and that pleased me considering I was not feeling the best.  All I managed to get done after that was a small drawing of my mobile phone!

 

No. 1-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 1-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

No. 5-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 5-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph taken by Karen Robinson.  Drawing Title:  ‘Glass Bottle’ on A3 Paper in Pencil August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

No. 12-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 12-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph taken by Karen Robinson. Drawing Title:  ‘Mobile Phone’ on A3 Paper with pencil August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

JOHN RUSKIN’S BOOK – ‘THE ELEMENTS OF DRAWING’

The drawing teacher recommended a book for me in relation to drawing to assist me in gaining a better understanding of tone, weight, colour and composition.  It’s written by John Ruskin and the book is tilted The Elements of Drawing.   I have purchased the book online and look forward to having a good look through its pages when it arrives.  Please find here below a review written by Amazon:

John Ruskin shaped generations of artists, art critics and historians’ understanding of how art works.  He was the preeminent critic of his time, and a fine artist in his own right.  In The Elements of Drawing, Ruskin explains how to draw and how to look at the drawings of others, in a wonderful primer on line, tone, weight, colour, and composition.  Generations have been taught how to draw and how to paint by Ruskin in this book and his others.  Fully illustrated by the author, to demonstrate the techniques he describes, The Elements of Drawing is one of the all-time classics in art and art history, and an essential guide for those who want to learn how to draw.  This edition is a facsimile reproduction of the original 1857 work, with all Ruskin’s original art included, as well as his comprehensive list of resources and works any young artist should study (Amazon 2016).

 

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‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home, over a number of days between this drawing class and the next, I did a couple of drawings in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary.  I chose to sketch a beautiful ‘Arum’ lily.  These elegant, graceful flowers are currently in flower and wildly growing in large patches across from our home in a garden that my husband has been creating for some 15 years now.

 

No. 9-12 Fourth 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 9-12 Fourth ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph taken by Karen Robinson.  Drawing Title:  ‘Arum Lily’ in Visual Diary Paper with pencil August 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

CONCLUSION

Am always feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes.  Being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

4 of 4 Cafe outside CAE on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4 of 4 Cafe outside CAE on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Place Karen Robinson stops for a coffee before ‘Produce Paintings & Drawings Classes’.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

 

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  Post-traumatic Growth – My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 3: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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No. 11-13 Third 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 11-13 Third ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Karen Robinson holding her ‘Produce Painting’ effort – done during class 3. Titled:  ‘Lemons’  Oil Paint on Canvas Paper A3. Photograph taken by fellow student. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My third class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) proved to be productive classes for me this week.  I listened carefully to what our teachers had to say and applied that instruction to my painting and drawing creative efforts.  While oil painting still proves to be a difficult creative skill to manage, I did feel I had made one step forward towards better understanding this particular paint type and its application process.  Drawing, as I have indicated in my blogs for class 1 and class 2, provides me with a less frustrating experience.  Please click on the links below to view classes one and two blogs.

 

NB:  To view details about Class 1 – please click here

NB:  to view details about class 2 – please click HERE

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually.  For this class, I decided to look at painting lemons based on the drawing I had completed at home in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary, using that drawing to help me remember about light and shade, and about warm and cool.  I also brought along a real lemon to use as a focus for my painting effort.  This week I also brought with me a ‘Produce Paintings’ Visual Diary to assist me in creating notes of reference from each class I undertake.   My first task was to set up my colour palette for painting the lemon.  Once I had achieved this, I double-checked with my teacher to see what he thought and I was glad I did!  Vin showed me how you arrange a colour palette. The colours that have not been mixed with other colours should be at the top (as per my photo below).  The colours that have been mixed should be based along the bottom half of the palette.  This helps to keep the oil painting artist organised.  My top row consisted of the following colours:

  • AS Art Spectrum Artists’ Oil Colour ‘Spectrum Yellow’
  • Winsor & Newton Oil Colour ‘Zinc White’
  • AS Art Spectrum Artists’ Oil Colour ‘Spectrum Blue’
  • AS art Spectrum Artists’ Oil Colour ‘Spectrum Red’

My initial palette hadn’t included Spectrum Blue and Spectrum Red. Our teacher, Vin, explained that without the Blue and the Red, I wouldn’t be able to achieve the light and dark, the hues needed to create the lemon colour variations. Vin said without these colours, everything would start to look greenish! Once I was happy with my colour palette, it was time to commence painting. Using the paint brush as a pencil, I commenced applying the paint to the canvas paper, which proved, once again, a major challenge but exciting as well. I could feel that I was making some small progress towards understanding how oil paint applies onto the canvas paper and about the use of different hues of oil paint colour, to help achieve light and shade within the painting itself. My lemons are ok – I prefer the top left hand corner lemon to the other – and the leaf on the top right hand corner, not at all! I had used a small palette knife to spread oil paint on the leaf and ruined it, for sure. Vin stated that it was best to resist using a palette knife on paintings and if I do, just very sparingly. I can now appreciate why!

 

No. 8-13 Third 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 8-13 Third ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 9-13 Third 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 9-13 Third ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class.  The teacher, Toby Dutton, gave us a demonstration on what we were going to tackle during this particular ‘Produce Drawing’ class.  Then each of us was instructed to collect a sheet of brown paper.  We then pulled out, from our personal stores of drawing materials, our box of Conte Crayons – fine pastels sticks.  Toby stated that these crayons had been used by masters such as Picasso, Degas and Delacroix for over a century.  The crayons are apparently used for sketching and their edging helps provide a method of being able to cut into the sketching work with precision required for detailed line work and also used to block in larger areas of the work with coloured background (The Art Scene 2016).  Once we had these materials together and our drawings-stand set up, we were then invited to select a photocopy of an image from the teacher’s selection.  We were to create from the picture, a portrait drawing as per the following instructions:

  • On the brown paper
  • Draw portrait, including head and shoulders at least, using photocopy image
  • Using Conte Crayons
  • Start with orange Conte Crayon – and lightly sketch in the overall portrait – shaping the face first and then basic detailing with just the one colour.  Look for shadows and use the side of the Conte Crayon to achieve. NB:  I didn’t have the colour orange, so I just worked with two colours being white and brown.
  • Using the white Conte Crayon – sketch in the ‘light’ seen within the portrait image.
  • Using the brown Conte Crayon – sketch in the ‘dark’ seen with the portrait image.
  • NB:  Allow the brown paper to do a lot of the work.

Being my first time ever to draw with Conte Crayons I was a little apprehensive, but once I got started it became an enjoyable experience.  I was pleased with my portrait and the teacher Toby had some good comments to make about it, so that made me happy as well.  In order to ‘fix’ the Conte Crayons, I will need to spray my drawing when I get home with a fixative, to help protect my drawing – another learning process!

 

No. 10-20 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 10-20 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Student drawing in class.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 17-20 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 17-20 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home, over a number of days between this drawing class and the next, I did a couple of drawings in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Once more, I am feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes.  Being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

1 of 3 Breakfast at Cafe inside CAE on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 3 Breakfast at Cafe inside CAE on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  Post-traumatic Growth – My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 2: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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No. 6-19 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 6-19 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph of Karen Robinson drawing in class – Photo taken by fellow student in class 4th August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My second class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’ has proven to be just as enjoyable this week, and just as challenging for me!  Over the years, I have become a master at using acrylic paints but never with oil paints.  So painting in oils, learning how to mix oil colours and their relating mediums – is no easy task!  It is though, an artistic skill that I am determined to persist with; and hopefully at the end of this series of classes, I will have gained some form of mastery in oil painting?!  As for my ‘Produce Drawing’ class – I am finding it more enjoyable and less frustrating and over time I feel drawing will become a favourite artistic outlet of mine.

NB:  To view details about Classes 1 – please click here

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS:

No. 4-13 Second 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 4-13 Second ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson of ‘Produce Painting’ Teacher Vin Ryan demonstrating the mixing of oil paint colour palette.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher – VIN RYAN going through, once again, the process of blending colours and using the colour wheel in order to achieve the right colour tones for one’s painting project.  Vin Ryan talked about experiencing the act of oil painting first as an artist; and then onto experiencing acrylics/water colours and stated that some students after this experience choose to work in acrylics – think this will be me!  He also explained that the colour blue is the dominate, stronger colour and that yellow is the weakest colour.  Vin also asked us to bring in a personal item to paint as it would help use learn quicker than painting from an object provided within the class its self.  It was also recommenced that we see our painting’s colour selection on a palette before placing paint onto our canvas.

 

 

Once we had settled back to our work area, it was then time to choose one of the glass objects set out on the table before us.  I found trying to emulate the glass colours reflected in the glass vase I chose, very difficult; and organising a limited colour palette, just as challenging!  Using the paint brush as a pencil to begin the outline of the glass vase is a new approach for me and a little frustrating.  Towards the end, I found myself just wanting to get the oil paint onto the canvas which didn’t really work – being that I was working with oil paints, as you need to approach finishing an oil painting in a progressive manner.  But it did allow me, to get a feel for how oil paint feels on the brush and on the canvas itself – that was a good thing for me.  It’s only my 2nd oil painting and I am sure with time, I will achieve a satisfactory result!

 

No. 13-13 Second 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 13-13 Second ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Oil Painting and Photo by Karen Robinson.  Oil Painting Title:  ‘Vase’ Oil Paint on A3 290 gsm Canson Canvas Paper, 2nd August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS:

No. 1-19 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 1-19 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after a frustrating ‘Produce Painting’ class!  The teacher Tim Jones directed the group to continue on with our observational drawings projects.  As a warm up, I commenced sketching last week’s subject matter – being the Magnolias in a glass jar of water.  I also draw a number of small sketches featuring segments of the same subject matter.

 

 

No. 4-19 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 4-19 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawn & Photographed by Karen Robinson.  Drawing Titled:  ‘Magnolia Bud’ – Derwent Visual Diary Paper, 4B/HB Lead Pencil 2nd August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

As I hadn’t brought in an object from home to draw, I searched the art room to see if there was anything of interest that I could draw.  I found this lime green and silver chrome lamp stand.  Standing it in front of me, I could appreciate clearly the light and shade elements of this object which I found pleasing and gave me more confidence to give it a go and just draw!

 

No. 8-19 Second 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 8-19 Second ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawn & Photographed Karen Robinson.  Drawing Title: ‘Lamp’ Derwent Visual Diary Paper, 2B Lead Pencil, 2nd August, 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

COMMENCEMENT OF ‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

At home – a number of days between this drawing class and the next, I decided to create a ‘Produce Drawing’ visual diary, where I commenced drawing a number of items that I found around my home.  I was hoping that by just producing simple, single item drawings, that I could help my observational skills, especially in relation to light and shade on the given object I was drawing.  I was also hoping that this process would also help me in my ‘Product Painting’ class by being able to observe more clearly, where light and shade exists on an item that I would choose to paint.

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Feeling very fortunate in being able to participant in these painting and drawings classes.  Being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself, during my class break – very much adds to the over all pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes.  Art for therapy at its best for sure….

 

CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dinning locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above.   Degraves Street’s bluestone cobble lane way, it’s postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week – just that much more, an enjoyable experience!

 

© Karen Robinson – July 2016

 

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Creative Writing: “Our Dog Jessie” Poem by Karen Robinson

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1 of 2 Jessie is patient and deligent with such a longing to see his master's return at the end of a day - dear old dog by Karen Robinson .jpg

1 of 2 Jessie is patient and diligent with such a longing to see his master’s return at the end of a day – dear old dog – Golden Cocker Spaniel – written and Photographed by Karen Robinson  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws .jpg

 

INTRODUCTION

The process of trying to keep up with my creative writing is a challenge for me.  Life just demands at times, my attention elsewhere, but I feel so rewarded when I do take the time to reflect and write…

 

POEM INSPIRATION

So at a moment when my thoughts were still, I glanced across from where I was working, and looked towards our old dog Jessie.  He was sitting at the window looking longingly out and up towards the garden path. It was that time of the day when he would wait for his master to come home and today was no exception for Jessie! Oh to have the unconditional love of a dog…it’s such a beautiful love.  With those thoughts in mind, I wrote this poem for Jessie our old dog.

 



Title:  "Our Dog Jessie" Poem
 

His golden hair glimmers in the warm, afternoon winter-sun,

He is waiting, waiting, waiting for his very special one.


There seems to be no end to his vigilant gaze

as he watches for his master to grace the stony path maze.


For Jessie is truly a well-loved family member of ours,

He has given us so much love in both good and bad hours.


If only his master knew how adoringly his dog waits,

For the return of his master’s presence, - our dog’s best of mates.

 

Poem © Karen Robinson, July 2016

 

 

2 of 2 Jessie is patient and deligent with such a longing to see his master's return at the end of a day - dear old dog by Karen Robinson

2 of 2 Jessie is patient and diligent with such a longing to see his master’s return at the end of a day – dear old dog – Golden Cocker Spaniel – written and photographed by Karen Robinson jpg.  NB  All images are protected by copyright laws

 

CONCLUSION

Jessie is a good, loyal friend and family member.  He always greets us on our return home with a warm and friendly greeting and a wag of his tail – we are so lucky to have him…

 

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