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My 10th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual. I was mostly happy with my art work this week, and hopefully as time progresses, I will find ways of improving my art skills base that will have me feeling most satisfied. No matter the outcome – it is great to able to be part of this creative environment; and for this I am most grateful as these experiences are a form of art for therapy for me!
NB: To view my previous blogs about these classes, please click here! For this week’s classes No. 10 for ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – please scroll down to view.
‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS
Our ‘Produce Paintings’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually. During this session I decided to use a photo of a painting that I had found on my mobile phone as a source of inspiration. Sadly, I didn’t at the time write down the details of the artist, so if anyone reading this blog can tell me who was the artist, I will make sure the details are included – my apologies.
MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT
- My Painting Source Of Inspiration: I chose this particular painting featured below to use as a source of inspiration. Vin, our teacher explained to me that the artist had used a ‘scumbling‘ technique. “It’s a painting technique in which a layer of broken, speckled, or scratchy color is added over another color so that bits of the lower layers(s) of color show through the scumbling. The result gives a sense of depth and color variation to an area” (Marion Boddy-Evans 2016). For the purposes of being able to create just one painting during this class session, I decided to concentrate only on trying to paint an interpretation of the face, hair, collar and shoulder areas.
- My Painting Palette: My colour palette for my painting was based on achieving colours that were not unique to the original painting, but colours which I found particularly appealing to me.
- My Painting Effort: Below is my painting effort for this class session. I did very much enjoy painting this image, and I am beginning to really appreciate the beauty of working with oil paints.
- My Painting Palette: My painting palette at the end of this class!
- My Completed Painting: I am beginning to enjoy using oil paints. The applying of it to the canvas paper process is pleasurable, and how it looks on completion is worth the effort of persevering with this medium for me I feel.
‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ CLASS
Our ‘Produce Drawings’ class commenced after our lunch break. This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Paintings’ class. The teacher, Tim Jones had each of us set up our work area in readiness to undertake another session of ‘Life Drawing’. Once again we were made aware of the processes we needed to undertake, which had been explained to us during last week’s ‘Produce Drawings’ class session with Toby Dutton.
LIFE DRAWING WITH DEREK BOSHIER YOUTUBE
I came across this YouTube showing Derek Boshier conducting a master class in ‘life drawing’ and found it enlightening:-
“Most readily known for his Pop art, painter Derek Boshier has worked in many media, and continues practice as primarily a narrative figurative painter. Now living in Los Angeles, Boshier experienced the rigor of training on the National Diploma in Design, and then as a graduate student at RCA. Boshier has exhibited his work—as well as taught extensively in art schools–all over the world” (Derek Boshier Jun 2013).
MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT
- Here below is my easel set-up during the ‘life drawing’ class. Under instruction from our teacher, we completed a set of ‘life drawings’ done in quick succession; some being drawn within minutes and others being given up to 20 minutes to complete.
- Here below are a number of ‘life drawings’ in charcoal I did at the commencement of the class – in very quick succession.
- Here below are a number of ‘life drawings’ in charcoal that were done with my left hand rather than my dominate right hand.
- Here below is the second last ‘life drawing’ I did during the session.
- Here below and to the left is a drawing done by just looking at the life model and without looking at the paper at all.
- Here below is a drawing were there are no curved lines, only straight lines! I actually really like this drawing…
- Here below is the second last ‘life drawing’ I did during the session and is my favourite.
‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY
In between classes I managed to do only the one pencil drawing in my visual diary. Time-poor this week and this was all I could sadly manage!
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….
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 – October 2016
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