My 11th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual. These classes up until now have not just given me an opportunity to broaden my arts skill base, but also an opportunity to get to know other students. It has helped me appreciate the differences in how individuals apply their creative self to their artworks.
NB: To view my previous blogs about these classes, please click here! For this week's classes No. 11 'Produce Paintings' & '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 I wanted to paint something of an abstract nature. Vin recommended that I look at the work of an Australian Artist Ralph Bristow to gain some inspiration.
“Ralph Bristow is a visual artist who lives in North East Regional Victoria. He has recently completed a purpose-built studio overlooking the Broken River. This space had allowed him to paint on canvas, expanding and exploring new possibilities. Ralph’s paintings are multidimensional. Arranged in a form of mindful collage combined with complex colour combinations as well as monochromatic palates. He applies paint spontaneously, synchronising hand and eye with the present moment, streaming consciousness into his work. Some paintings are resolved relatively promptly, keeping the work fresh and expressive, trying to hold and capture a moment. Other works are more complex in their resolve, telling a story of going through a process of layering, obliterating, repainting, building up paint that weaves in, out and through his work. Works are gouache, ink, aquarelle pencil, mediums on paper as well as acrylic on canvas. He is inspired by his experiences of the spirit, science, landscape and present consciousness. Ralph Bristow is interested in how his paintings are a portable meeting place, a place where lives mingle, where his work is transformed from his experience into the lives of the viewer. He now invites the viewer to share his journey within each painting (Bristow 2015).”
- Here below are three of Ralph Bristow’s paintings I particularly like!
- Gouache: One of the mediums Ralph Bristow uses is gouache. I managed to find a suitable YouTube which covers how to use it reasonably well – please find here below.
- Aquarelle Pencil: Another medium that Ralph Bristow uses is aquarelle pencil. I managed to find a suitable YouTube which covers how to use it reasonably well – please find here below.
MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT
- In readiness to start a painting inspired by Ralph Bristow’s art work:
- My Painting Palette: My colour palette was based on trying to achieve a colour story that would compliment each other, but also have some colours that would be in contrast to one another.
- A3 Canvas Paper: Facing the dreaded blank canvas!
- My Painting Effort – Step by Step: Below shows the step by step approach I took to complete my abstract painting.
- Closeup Of Painting Effort: Here below are small closeup sections of my painting which helps show the texture and flow of the oil paint.
- My Completed Abstract Painting: Inspired by Bristow and no masterpiece of mine for sure, but I am beginning to enjoy using oil paints. The applying of the paint to the canvas paper is pleasurable, and how it looks on completion is worth the effort of persevering with this medium for me I feel. Very therapeutic – art for therapy!
‘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 a previous ‘Produce Drawings’ class session with Toby Dutton.
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 charcoal drawings done in quick succession during the class session.
- Here below is a charcoal drawing where we were given 20 minutes to complete.
- Here below is my last charcoal drawing for this session; we had 20 minutes given to us to complete.
‘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