CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 14: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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2 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

2 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Preparation in readiness to start painting in class 14.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB:   All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 14th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) proved to be a productive session.  Our teachers once more emphasised our need to put together our portfolios and bring in next week, so that we could go through them and select artworks for assessment the following week.

 

NB:  To view my previous blogs about these classes, please 
click here! For this week's classes No. 14 'Produce Paintings' 
& 'Produce Drawings' - please scroll down to view.
11 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

11 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Painting No. 2 progress and paint palette preparation during class 14.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB: All images protected by copyright laws.

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Paintings’ class commenced with our teacher, Toby Dutton, checking in with each of the students individually.  We generally talked about the preparation of our art portfolio for assessment and said requirements to be met.

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT No. 1

  • 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.

 

3 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

3 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Colour palette for the first painting during class 14.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB:  All images protected by copyright laws.

 

  • A3 Canvas Paper:  I used a canvas that I had prepared within my last ‘Produce Paintings’ session as a source of inspiration for this week’s first painting.

 

1 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

1 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  The beginnings of my first painting during this class 14.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

  • My Painting Effort – Part of the way through:  The photo image below shows my painting about half way through the process of creating it.

 

4 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

4 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Half way through first painting during class 14.   Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

  • Closeup Of Painting Effort:  Here below are small closeup sections of my completed painting which helps show the texture and flow of the oil paint.

 

 

  • My Completed Abstract Painting No. 1:  I enjoyed producing this painting and it helped that I had prepared its start at the previous ‘Produce Paintings’ class session.  Very therapeutic – art for therapy!

 

9 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

9 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Painting Title:  ‘Garden with blue flowers’ on A3 Canvas Paper in oil paint.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

20 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

20 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts. Painting Title:  ‘Garden with Blue Flowers’ on A3 Canvas Paper in oil paint. Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT No. 2

 

  • During this session I managed to complete an additional painting: I used the left over oil paint from my first painting.  It gave me an opportunity to let go and just paint freely, experiencing the feel of the brush strokes and the flow of the oil paint on the canvas paper.  A great way to just experiment!

 

10 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

10 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Commencement of 2nd painting during class 14.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

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13 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Completed 2nd painting during class 14.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  All images are protected by copyright laws.

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19 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Painting Title:  ‘Coloured Curved Circle’ on A3 Canvas Paper in oil paint.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

  • Closeup Of Painting Effort:  Here below is a small closeup section of my painting which helps show the texture and flow of the oil paint.
14 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

14 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  close up of 2nd painting achieved in class 14.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

  • Work area at the end of my ‘Produce Painting’ class session
15 of 20 Class 14 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 Images protected by copyright

15 of 20 Class 14 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Paint palette after the completion of painting no. 2 during class 14.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

‘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.

 

1 of 14 Class 14 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16 Images protected by copyright

1 of 14 Class 14 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

2 of 14 Class 14 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16 Images protected by copyright.

2 of 14 Class 14 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

3 of 14 Class 14 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16 Images protected by copyright.

3 of 14 Class 14 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16.  NB:  All images protected by copyright laws.

4 of 14 Class 14 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16 Images protected by copyright.

4 of 14 Class 14 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

5 of 14 Class 14 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16 Images protected by copyright.

5 of 14 Class 14 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16.  NB: All images are protected by copyright laws.

6 of 14 Class 14 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16 Images protected by copyright.

6 of 14 Class 14 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

7 of 14 Class 14 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16 Images protected by copyright.

7 of 14 Class 14 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

 

VISUAL DIARY DRAWINGS

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!

 

1 of 1 Class 14 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16 Images protected by copyright

1 of 1 Class 14 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing and Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 16.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

MOBILE PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Each week before and between these classes I often take photographs, and just on my mobile phone.  I have always been a keen ‘photo-taker’ and do enjoy trying to capture small moments of daily life around me.  While these photos have been taken on my Samsung 6 mobile phone, I feel it is better than not taking them at all – as using my SLR camera would not be practical on these days.  It has inspired me to think about doing more photography in the new year and blogging about it more fully – time will tell!

 

2 of 16 Corner Degraves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

2 of 16 Corner Degraves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016. NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

3 of 16 Central Place, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

3 of 16 Central Place, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 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!

 

8 of 16 Central Place, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

8 of 16 Central Place, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

10 of 16 Corner Degraves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

10 of 16 Corner Degraves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

12 of 16 Corner Degraves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

12 of 16 Corner Degraves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016.  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws.

14 of 16 Corner Degraves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

14 of 16 Corner Degraves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 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.  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….

 

 


© Karen Robinson – November 2016

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 13: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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1 of 15 Class 13 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copy

1 of 15 Class 13 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – In readiness to start this ‘Produce Painting’ Class.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 13th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual.  Our teachers informed us that we are near reaching the end of these classes, and it will soon be time to review our art portfolios for assessment.  Hence the importance during these last few weeks to look at fully applying ourselves – to ensure we have what will be needed in the way of produced artworks.

 

1 of 3 Class 13 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

1 of 3 Class 13 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Students applying their skills to produce drawings.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

NB:  To view my previous blogs about these classes, please 
click here! For this week's classes No. 13 'Produce Paintings' 
& 'Produce Drawings' - please scroll down to view.

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Paintings’ class commenced with our teacher, Toby Dutton, checking in with each of the students individually.

  • Source of my painting inspiration – a Michelle Breton Painting:  
Painting by Michelle Breton used as a source of inspiration for this 'Produce Painting' class.

Painting by Michelle Breton, Octobre A Ceret, Mixed Media on Italian Canvas, 152 x 137cm.  Used as a source of inspiration for this ‘Produce Painting’ class.

Michelle Brenton states “There can be no present without a past. The past has a place in my work, it engages me and gives me a sense of the future, I want to acknowledge it in order to seek out my place in the present. Painting for me is similar to an archaeological excavation, but in reverse: rather than digging to discover the past, I am building layers to reveal it. When I first started painting with my teacher Kerry Johns, I was extremely moved by the process. I had no idea what I was attempting to do, but my connection to the paint and the surface (be it canvas, paper or board) provided me with the freedom to express myself. It was a liberating experience, reminding me of dancing, which played a big part in my childhood in Adelaide. There is a similarity for me between dance and painting, they are both forms of expression without the use of words or voice. But what is expressed can be heard just as loudly as any spoken word. Working in the Blue Mountains was a wonderful beginning, painting still life and landscapes in a superb setting. But I wanted more, abstract was calling me. I needed to paint from another source than what I was seeing, and after completing my degree at RMIT in Fine Arts and Majoring in Painting I was on the path of abstraction. In 2006 I had my first solo show in Melbourne. In 2008 I lived and painted in Berlin and Italy (Liveguide 2016)”.

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT No. 1

  • 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.

 

6 of 15 Class 13 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

6 of 15 Class 13 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

  • My Painting Effort – Part of the way through:  Photographed below shows my painting about half way through the process of creating it.
7 of 15 Class 13 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

7 of 15 Class 13 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • 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 No. 1:  Inspired by Michelle Berton and no masterpiece of mine for sure, but I am continuing 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!
5 of 15 Class 13 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

5 of 15 Class 13 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Happy Day’ Abstract Painting on A3 Canvas Paper in oil paint.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Work area at the end of my ‘Produce Painting’ class session

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT No. 2

 

  • During this session I managed to complete an additional painting.
11 of 15 Class 13 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

11 of 15 Class 13 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Yellow Window’ Abstract Painting on A3 Canvas Paper in oil paint.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Closeup Of Painting Effort:  Here below are small closeup sections of my painting which helps show the texture and flow of the oil paint.

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ CLASS

Our ‘Produce Drawings’ class commenced after our lunch break.  This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Paintings’ class.  Our teacher, TIM JONES, commenced the class by checking in with each of the students individually.

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT

  • For this week’s drawing effort, we were required to do an observational drawing.  I decided to choose the tin can to draw and is here below.
2 of 3 Class 13 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

2 of 3 Class 13 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Tin Can’ on A3 Drawing Paper with pencil. Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

3 of 3 Class 13 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

3 of 3 Class 13 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Tin Can’ on Drawing Paper with Pencil.  Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

VISUAL DIARY DRAWINGS

During class I did a couple of drawings in my visual diary.

1-4 Visual Diary Drawings during class - Drawing & Photographed by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-4 Visual Diary Drawings during class – Title:  ‘Top of Seed Pod’ in Visual Diary with Pencil. Drawing & Photographed by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2-4 Visual Diary Drawings during class - Drawing & Photographed by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2-4 Visual Diary Drawings during class – Title:  ‘Top of Seed Pod’ in Visual Diary in Pencil.  Drawing & Photographed by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3-4 Visual Diary Drawings during class - Drawing & Photographed by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3-4 Visual Diary Drawings during class – Title:  ‘Bottom Side of Seed Pod’ in Visual Diary in Pencil. Drawing & Photographed by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-4 Visual Diary Drawings during class - Drawing & Photographed by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-4 Visual Diary Drawings during class – Title:  ‘Top Side of Seed Pod’ in Visual Diary in Pencil.  Drawing & Photographed by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

MOBILE PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Each week before and between these classes I often take photographs, and just on my mobile phone.  I have always been a keen ‘photo-taker’ and do enjoy trying to capture small moments of daily life around me.  While these photos have been taken on my Samsung 6 mobile phone, I feel it is better than not taking them at all – as using my SLR camera would not be practical on these days.  It has inspired me to think about doing more photography in the new year and blogging about it more fully – time will tell!

7 of 10 Near corner of Centre Places and Flinders Lane,, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

7 of 10 Near corner of Centre Places and Flinders Lane, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

8 of 10 Near corner of Centre Places and Flinders Lane,, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

8 of 10 Degraves Street in front of Degraves/Flinders Street Railway Station Subway, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

9 of 10 Near corner of Centre Places and Flinders Lane,, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

9 of 10 Near corner of Centre Places and Flinders Lane, Melbourne Australia – CAE Coffee Shop. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 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!
10 of 10 Looking up Centre Places from Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

10 of 10 Looking up Centre Places from Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 10 Looking up Centre Places from Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 10 Looking up Centre Places from Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Nov 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.  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….

 

 


© Karen Robinson – November 2016

While you are here – please check out my home page!

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Using Art & Creative Writing as Therapy – My Journey by Karen Robinson.


CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 12: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

My 12th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual with the exception of a personal interruption during my ‘Produce Drawings’ class.  I’d received a telephone call from 774 ABC Melbourne Radio asking if I would do a telephone interview later that day in relation to the work that I do with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.  I agreed, but it through me a little off-kilter, hence my drawings during this class didn’t receive my uppermost attention unfortunately.  I did though enjoy my ‘Produce Painting’ class where I ventured into completing a figurative painting during the class session.  One other activity I really enjoy doing on these days is taking photos of and around Degraves Street, usually before I start my classes and during my lunch break.  It is another form of creative outlet that provides me with a good sense of well-being!

 

1 of 18 Class 12 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

1 of 18 – Class 12 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Set up ready to start my next painting.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright

NB:  To view my previous blogs about these classes, please 
click here! For this week's classes No. 12 '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 recent classes, Vin had been encouraging us to research particularly artists that we found inspirational; artists that could assist us in learning more about new techniques and painting styles.  In other words, generally to look for ways we could stretch our creative endeavours!

  • Source of my painting inspiration:  During this session I decided I wanted to paint something that was inspired by a painting titled ‘Night Wind’.  It was painted by Lisa Morgan, an Australian Artist and currently lives on the Sunshine Coast (Tusk Gallery 2016).  Lisa’s paintings reflect a vibrancy which emanates from the environment she lives within, and is a “study of beauty, colour and light with birds, trees and figures of people situated within her paintings” (Tusk Gallery 2016).

 

'Night-Wind' on Linen 120 x 90cm April 2013 Acylic, Oil and Charoal (AGIO) Painted by Lisa Morgan

‘Night-Wind’ on Linen 120 x 90cm April 2013 Acrylic, Oil and Charcoal (AGIO) Painted by Lisa Morgan and used as a source of inspiration for my painting in class this week.

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTINGS’ CLASS PROJECT

  • 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.  I found myself needing to broaden my colour palette, but without having to make up the colour myself was a desirable thought and more convenient and easier for me.  So this week I purchased some new colours being:  (1) Old Holland – Ivory Black Extra, Old Holland – Cinnabar Green Light Extra, and Michael Harding’s – Indian Yellow.

 

5 of 18 Class 12 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

5 of 18 – Class 12 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Oil Paint Colour Palette used for this week’s oil figurative painting.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB.  All images are protected by copyright

 

4 of 18 Class 12 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

4 of 18 Class 12 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Preparation of A3 Canvas Paper with oil paint – colour Indian Yellow.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright

 

  • My Painting Effort – Step by Step:  Below shows the step by step approach I took to complete my figurative 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 Figurative Painting:  Inspired by Lisa Morgan and no masterpiece of mine for sure, but I am continuing 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!
9 of 18 Class 12 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

9 of 18 Class 12 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts. Figurative Painting Titled:  ‘Amber Dream’ in oil paint on A3 Canvas Paper.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

  • Work area at the end of my ‘Produce Painting’ class session
18 of 18 Class 12 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

18 of 18 Class 12 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

17 of 18 Class 12 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

17 of 18 Class 12 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

 

ABOUT MICHAEL HARDING’S OIL PAINT

Michael Harding uses a simple process which dates back to the days of old masters to create handmade oil paint that is vibrant, beautiful and durable with uncompromising quality (Michael Harding 2016).

  • Artlines – Stockist of Michael Harding Oil Colours YouTube

 

  • Michael Harding Paints, Comparing Browns demonstrated by Vicki Norman YouTube

 

 

ABOUT MIXING COLOR:  PAINTING WITH A LIMITED PALETTE

In searching for a YouTube that would help me better understand about using a limited colour palette, I managed to find this one below.  “Professional portrait painter Brian Neher demonstrates how to mix a variety of colours for painting portraits by using a limited palette of four colours plus white” (Brian Neher 2015).  Brian also explains why he has opted to use a range of ready-made-oil-colours rather than just mixing from a limited palette, in order to save time each day when preparing for his painting activity for the day.

 

 

 

‘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, VIN RYAN 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.

 

1 of 15 Class 12 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

1 of 15 Class 12 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

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.  As said above my ‘Produce Drawings’ class session was interrupted by a personal telephone call which put me off-kilter a little during this class and took time away from my efforts unfortunately.

 

5 of 15 Class 12 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Life Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

5 of 15 Class 12 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Life Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

MOBILE PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY

Each week before and between these classes I often take photographs, and just on my mobile phone.  I have always been a keen ‘photo-taker’ and do enjoy trying to capture small moments of daily life around me.  While these photos have been taken on my Samsung 6 mobile phone, I feel it is better than not taking them at all – as using my SLR camera would not be practical on these days.  It has inspired me to think about doing more photography in the new year and blogging about it more fully – time will tell!

 

1 of 8 Flinders Street at Degraves Subway Entrance, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

1 of 8 Flinders Street at Degraves Subway Entrance, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

4 of 8 Coffee at CAE Cafe on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

4 of 8 Coffee at CAE Cafe on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

5 of 8 Coffee at CAE Cafe on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

5 of 8 Coffee at CAE Cafe on Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

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!

 

3 of 8 Degraves Street amongst the cafes early morning, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

3 of 8 Degraves Street amongst the cafes early morning, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

6 of 8 Looking up Centre Places from Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

6 of 8 Looking up Centre Places from Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

2 of 8 Looking up Degraves Street towards Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

2 of 8 Looking up Degraves Street towards Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

7 of 8 Looking down Centre Places towards Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

7 of 8 Looking down Centre Places towards Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

8 of 8 Bride and Bridegroom on corner of Centre Places and Flinders Lane,, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

8 of 8 Bride and Bridegroom on corner of Centre Places and Flinders Lane,, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

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….

 

 


© Karen Robinson – October 2016

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 11: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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5 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

5 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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.

 

1 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

1 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  ‘Produce Painting’ class. Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright

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).”

 

 

  • 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.

2 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

  • A3 Canvas Paper:  Facing the dreaded blank canvas!
3 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

3 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

  • 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!
16 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

16 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Abstract’ on A3 Canvas in oil paint.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright

 

 

‘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.

 

2 of 8 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

2 of 8 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  ‘Produce Drawings’ easel setup in readiness to start ‘Life Drawing’ class session. Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

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.

 

1 of 8 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

1 of 8 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  Blank paper clipped to easel in readiness to commence my ‘Life Drawing’ class session.  A blank sheet of paper also presenting me with a challenge to fill with drawings of quality. Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below are a number of charcoal drawings done in quick succession during the class session.
14 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

14 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

16 of 17 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

16 of 17 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below is a charcoal drawing where we were given 20 minutes to complete.
6 of 9 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

6 of 9 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Charcoal Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below is my last charcoal drawing for this session; we had 20 minutes given to us to complete.
4 of 8 Class 11 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

4 of 8 Class 11 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Charcoal Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘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!

 

1-1 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-1 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Pencil Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 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.  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….

 

1 of 3 Corner of Degreaves & Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 3 Degraves Street looking towards Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 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!

 

3 of 3 Corner of Degreaves & Flinders Lane, looking towards Centre Places, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3 of 3 Corner of Degraves & Flinders Lane, looking towards Centre Places, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2 of 3 Corner of Degreaves & Flinders Lane, looking towards Centre Places, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2 of 3 Corner of Degraves & Flinders Lane, looking towards Centre Places, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 


© Karen Robinson – October 2016

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 10: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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6 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

6 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:  Class room scene during this week’s session.  Painting Title ‘Face’ on A3 Canvas Paper.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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!

 

5 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

5 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:  Arts Students at work during this week’s session.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

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.

 

1 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:  My art work area ready to start painting.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

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.

 

14 of 14 Class10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 Visual Arts - Photograph used as inspiration by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

14 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 Visual Arts.  Painting used as a source of inspiration for this week’s class painting.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • 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.

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  • 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!
4 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  End of class work area.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • 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.
7 of 14 Class 10 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

7 of 14 Class 10 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts.  My complete painting titled:  ‘Face’ on A3 Canvas Paper using oil paints.  Photograph & Painting by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘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.

 

3 of 13 Class 10 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

3 of 13 Class 10 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • 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…
11 of 13 Class 10 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

11 of 13 Class 10 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

  • Here below is the second last ‘life drawing’ I did during the session and is my favourite.
13 of 13 Class 10 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

13 of 13 Class 10 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph and drawing by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘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!

 

 

 

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….

 

1-1 CAE Building Coffee Shop - Morning Cuppa before my classes, Melbourne, Australia - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson September 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1-1 CAE Building Coffee Shop – Morning Cuppa before my classes, Melbourne, Australia – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson September 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 – October 2016

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 9: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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3-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3 0f 6 Visual Diary Drawings via Home Studio:  Our ‘Produce Drawings’ teacher has impressed upon us the importance of trying to put aside time each day to draw, in order to build on existing and/or develop new drawing skills.  I try to draw each day as time allows.  Title ‘Red Flower’ drawn in pencil in my A4 Visual Diary – Drawing & Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 9th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual.  But during this week’s classes I personally found it hard to get started.  The process of being able to switch off the outside-world and focus on the task at hand was a struggle, but with the support and encouragement of the teachers, I managed to produce some art work where I felt a degree of satisfaction.

7 of 8 Class 9 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

7 of 8 Class 9 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:- Students busy working on ‘Produce Paintings’ art work during class.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

NB:  To view my blogs about previous classes, please click on the links given here – Classes 1, Classes 2, Classes 3, Classes 4, Classes 5, Classes 6, Classes 7, Classes 8 and for this week’s classes 9 for ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – please scroll down to view.

 

 

PRODUCE PAINTING CLASS

Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, CHRIS PITTARD, checking in with each of the students individually.  During this session I decided to paint a small pinkish coloured glass jar that I had found within the class room itself.

1 of 8 Class 9 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 8 Class 9 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts:- Set and ready to start this week’s ‘Produce Painting’ painting.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016. NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS PROJECT

The jar definitely presented me with a challenge I wasn’t ready for – I just couldn’t get the jar’s proportions right, and the colour tones are not right either!  Chris spoke with me about my painting and about how I could improve it.  But today – I just couldn’t make it work.  My art brain just seemed to be missing on this day and I struggled in being able to rectify what needed addressing.  I decided to still preserver despite this fact and finish the painting anyway, even through I was unhappy with my work.

 

  • Painting Palette:  Oil paints prepared in readiness to commence painting
3 of 8 Class 9 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

3 of 8 Class 9 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Outline of ‘Pinkish Coloured Glass Jar’:  Used a little medium and light oil paint colour

 

  • Completed Oil Painting:  Pinkish coloured glass jar painting on A3 Canvas Paper

 

  • Painting Palette:  Oil paint colour palette story after the completion of the painting
8 of 8 Class 9 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

8 of 8 Class 9 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

‘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, TOBY DUTTON introduced us to the process of ‘life drawing’.  For this session Toby asked a number of students to take turns in modelling for us, so that we could gain a sense of what to expect at our next ‘Produce Drawings’ session where a professional model would be posing for us. Each drawing was done in quick succession using charcoal on a large sheet of paper attached to an easel.  We were instructed that during a ‘life drawing’ session: mobile phones should be switched off; easel should be at an angle; position ourselves standing in the middle facing the drawing paper; set easel at right height for self; make sure can touch the top of the easel; and look over left side if right-handed when drawing.

 

4-22 Class 9 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB images protected by copyright laws

4-22 Class 9 ‘Produce Drawings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Toby Dutton teacher in ‘Produce Drawings’ Class demonstrating ‘Life Drawing’ process.  Photograph by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB images protected by copyright laws

 

 

JOY THOMAS YOUTUBE – WORKING WITH CHARCOAL

Here below within Joy Thomas’s YouTube she demonstrates how to create charcoal portraits, quickly and accurately using methods of capturing light and shadows (Joy Thomas Aug 7, 2008).  These methods demonstrated by Joy are basically the same methods that we had used during our drawing classes using charcoal.

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS PROJECT

The process of producing charcoal ‘life drawings’ in quick succession was quite tiring.  It took me a number of drawings to understand what I was doing and it wasn’t until I got to the second last charcoal drawing that I felt I was gaining some sort of insight into this artistic process.  My second last charcoal ‘life drawing’ was my best attempt!

 

  • Here below are four ‘life drawings’ I did during the session and as viewed on the easel:

 

  • Here below are 10 ‘life drawings’ in charcoal I did in very quick succession; they are presented below starting with the first ‘life drawing’ moving through to the last that I drew during this class.

 

  • 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 two pencil drawings in my visual diary and an Ink drawing on A3 Arches Watercolour Paper.   A ‘red flower’ and ‘palm tree yellow seeds’ from my garden (in pencil) and an object ‘golden wooden mask’ from my lounge room (in ink) were used as sources of inspiration.

2-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

2-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title ‘Palm Tree Seeds’ in pencil A4 Visual Diary. Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio - Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-6 Visual Diary Drawings at home studio – Title ‘Red Flower’ in pencil A4 Visual Dairy.  Drawings & Photographed by Karen Robinson Oct 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.  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….

 

1 of 1 'Espresso' Coffee Shop on Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson October 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

1 of 1 ‘Espresso’ Coffee Shop on Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia. Photograph taken by Karen Robinson October 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 – October 2016

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Art Exhibition – Ian Potter Centre – “Making The Australian Quilt” Blog Written by Karen Robinson

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15 'Making the Australian Quilt' Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre - NGV Australia - Photographed by Karen Robinson - August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

15 Above:  Karen Robinson looking at “Gertrude Mary Day – Hexagon Quilt (stars and tumbling blocks) early 20th century ” at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt’ Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, Melbourne, NGV Australia.  Photographed by M. Robinson – August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

It was during August this year on one of Melbourne’s mid-winter days that my husband and I decided to take a trip into Melbourne’s city centre to view the ‘Making the Australian Quilt: 1800-1950‘ Exhibition, located at the Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square – NGV Australia.  What an extraordinary exhibition it was to experience!  There were over eighty works inclusive of quilts, coverlets, garments and quilted, patched and pieced works made in Australia or with a significant Australian provenance (NGV 2016).  It also featured 19th century English quilts that had been brought to Australia during its early history (NGV 2016).

 

 

13 'Making the Australian Quilt' Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre - NGV Australia - Photographed by Karen Robinson - August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

13 One of the Gallery rooms at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt’ Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, NGV Australia.  Photographed by Karen Robinson – August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

What I also found most interesting were the powerful stories that accompanied these works of art; and the amazing resourcefulness and technical skills of their makers.  Materials used included taffeta, velvet, furnishing fabric, dressmaking scraps, flour bags, possum skins, suiting samples and flannelette; and by cutting, layering, piecing and stitching these materials they were transformed into items of great personal and historical significance (NGV 2016).  Both men and women were makers, and made “within the context of leisure and accomplishment, created as expressions of love and family connection and those stitched out of necessity in an environment of constraint and hardship” (NGV 2016).

 

18 'Making the Australian Quilt' Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre - NGV Australia - Photographed by Karen Robinson - August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

18 One of the Gallery rooms at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt’ Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia.  Featured in the middle of the photograph is a “Possum skin rug – late 19th century-early 20th century.  Aboriginal Peoples wore rugs similar to this as cloaks, through they were usually much larger, often containing around seventy pelts”  (NGV Making The Australian Quilt 1800-1950 p. 140 – 2016).  Photographed by Karen Robinson – August 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

I found this exhibition a wonderful window into a bygone era through the magic of quilt making. In the National Gallery of Victoria’s book titled ‘Making The Australian Quilt 1800-1950’ written by Annette Gero and Katie Somerville, there is a piece on page 47 that describes how makers used quilting to hold the memories and history of their families:

“Author Jennifer Isaacs sums up this idea:  Because patchwork used pieces of material with a long association within the household, these quilts are evocative memory-stirrers for all generations to see them in later years:  each family member is able to point out an old upholstery fabric, the curtains from the kitchen, the cretonne used for this, the muslin used for that, the wool insertion from grandfather’s old trousers, or the tea towels from the kitchen.  In a real sense they are therefore, silent but very eloquent family documents.”

 

 

A SLIDE-SHOW OF IMAGES TAKEN ON THE DAY!

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THE STAND-OUTS FOR ME!

There was so much to see at this exhibition, and so much to understand and appreciate that it would be impossible for me to cover all within this blog.  I am just going to cover some stand-outs for me, and hope that you, as a reader, will someday have the opportunity to view the vast collection of artwork created by these extraordinary makers.  I really could have spent days and days there, it was just that amazingly comprehensive!

NB:  please click here to view the gallery’s artwork labels PDF for this exhibition

 

  • Stand-Out No. 1:   “The Rajah quilt made by unknown convict women”

1 0f 3 'The Rajah quilt made by unknown convict women' exhibited at the 'Making the Australian Quilt - 1800-1950' Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

1 0f 3 ‘The Rajah quilt made by unknown convict women’ exhibited at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt – 1800-1950’ Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

 

  • The Rajah quilt:  “Is a patchwork and appliquéd bed cover or coverlet made by convict women en route to Australia in 1841 on board the Rajah.  It is the only known example of a convict quilt made on the voyage to Australia.”  (Ref:  The Australian Quilt 1800-1950 Book. page 26  NGV – Annette Gero and Katie Somerville 2016).

 

3 0f 3 'The Rajah quilt made by unknown convict women' exhibited at the 'Making the Australian Quilt - 1800-1950' Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

3 0f 3 ‘The Rajah quilt made by unknown convict women’ exhibited at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt – 1800-1950’ Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

 

  • Description of the Rajah Quilt:  “This very large quilt measures 325 x 337 centimetres and is a pieced medallion or framed-style quilt with a central block of white cotton.   It is hand stitched with ‘Broderie perse’ appliqué and pieced work, and is decorated with chintz birds and floral motifs.  As a coverlet it has only a front and back with no padding or quilting, and the 2815 pieces of fabric from which it is made are all cotton, with small amounts of linen and silk threads.  The central block is framed by twelve different boarders of patchwork in printed cotton.  The quilt is finished at the outer edge by white cotton decorated with appliquéd daisies on three sides and an inscription in very fine cross-stitch is surrounded by floral chintz attached with ‘Broderie perse’ on the fourth side”.  (Ref:  The Australian Quilt 1800-1950 Book. page 26  NGV – Annette Gero and Katie Somerville 2016).

 

2 0f 3 'The Rajah quilt made by unknown convict women' exhibited at the 'Making the Australian Quilt - 1800-1950' Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

2 0f 3 ‘The Rajah quilt made by unknown convict women’ exhibited at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt – 1800-1950’ Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

 

  • The Rajah quilt inscription reads:  “TO THE LADIES OF the Convict ship committee This quilt worked by the Convicts of the ship Rajah during their voyage to Van Diemans Land is presented as a testimony of the gratitude with which they remember their exertions for their welfare while in England and during their passage and also of proof that they have not neglected the Ladies king admonitions of being industrious * June * 1841 *”.   (Ref:  The Australian Quilt 1800-1950 Book. page 26  NGV – Annette Gero and Katie Somerville 2016).

 

 

  • Stand-Out No. 2:   “Golda Jean Ellis’s Cheer Up Society Cape”

1 0f 2 'Golda Jean Ellis's Cheer Up Society Cape' exhibited at the 'Making the Australian Quilt - 1800-1950' Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

1 0f 2 ‘Golda Jean Ellis’s Cheer Up Society Cape’ exhibited at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt – 1800-1950’ Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

 

  • This cape:  “was worn by nurse Golda Jean Ellis of the Murray Bridge branch of the Cheer Up Society.  Murray Bridge was a major railway station for soldiers in transit, and the Cheer Up Society Provided welcome refreshments.  Ellis stitched the cloth badges of servicemen she met to the inside of her cape.  The ribbon for the Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to private Oliver Neall (later Lieutenant) of the 2/8th Battalion for gallantry at Tobruk is one of the badges sewn on the inside of the cape.  Ellis married Neall in 1943 before he left for New Guinea. AG”.  (Ref:  The Australian Quilt 1800-1950 Book. page 136  NGV – Annette Gero and Katie Somerville 2016).

 

2 0f 2 'Golda Jean Ellis's Cheer Up Society Cape' exhibited at the 'Making the Australian Quilt - 1800-1950' Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

2 0f 2 ‘Golda Jean Ellis’s Cheer Up Society Cape’ exhibited at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt – 1800-1950’ Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

 

 

  • Stand-Out No. 3:   “Annie Percival’s Patchwork table cover”

1 0f 2 'Annie Percival's Patchwork table cover' exhibited at the 'Making the Australian Quilt - 1800-1950' Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

1 0f 2 ‘Annie Percival’s Patchwork table cover’ exhibited at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt – 1800-1950’ Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

 

  • This Table Cloth Cover Story:  “For Annie Tait it was family life as a publican’s daughter that led to the making of a table cover and cushion cover from hundreds of golden silk cigar ribbons.  Born in a tent in Silverton, NSW, in 1887, Annie was the third of seven children of her Scottish migrant parents Thomas and Catherine.  By the time her family had settled in Broken Hill Annie was a teenager and her father went on to build and manage four hotels, including the Masonic Hotel, where they lived.  Annie was therefore very well placed to collect cigar ribbons, which were at the time used to merchandise and package up the cigars sold to the patrons of the hotel.  The technique of using cigar ribbons in quilts and other domestic textiles was a well-established form of fancywork.  Some women relied on friends and relatives to gather enough silks – each of which bore the name and logo of the manufacturer – to make an impressive quilt.  It is worth noting how skilfully Annie arranges her silks in regular patterns to make the most of the aesthetic impact of the text and logo designs. KS”.   (Ref:  The Australian Quilt 1800-1950 Book. page 52  NGV – Annette Gero and Katie Somerville 2016).

 

2 0f 2 'Annie Percival's Patchwork table cover' exhibited at the 'Making the Australian Quilt - 1800-1950' Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

2 0f 2 ‘Annie Percival’s Patchwork table cover’ exhibited at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt – 1800-1950’ Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

 

 

  • Stand-Out No. 4:   “Nursery rhyme quilt”

1 0f 1 'The Nursery rhyme quilt' exhibited at the 'Making the Australian Quilt - 1800-1950' Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

1 0f 1  ‘The Nursery rhyme quilt – Unknown maker 1940’ and ‘Annie Ellis’s Dressing Gown’ exhibited at the ‘Making the Australian Quilt – 1800-1950’ Exhibition NGV Australia. Photographed by Karen Robinson. NB Images copyright protected

 

  • The Nursery Rhyme Quilt:  “Scenes from forty-two different nursery rhymes and children’s stories are depicted on this quilt, including the Queen of Hearts, Humpty Dumpty, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Cinderella.  Many used dress fabrics have been appliquéd onto the quilt using blanket stitch and appear to have had a previous life.  The centre block represents the book ‘Amelia Anne and the Green Umbrella’, which was first published in the 1930s.”  (Ref:  Making the Australian Quilt 1800-1950 NGV Artwork labels page 81-2016)

     

 

CONCLUSION

This exhibition was just so big, and as I stated earlier, I could have, should have, stayed for days and truly immersed myself in the world of ‘Making the Australian Quilt‘.  After reading the stories, viewing the incredible selection of artworks, I couldn’t help but think that this form of art making also served a different purpose.  The painstaking and sometimes laborious endeavours of these makers must have been at times a form of art for therapy.  The hours and hours of dedication applied to such craftsmanship in order to create these now treasured artworks would have hopefully given their makers a sense of great achievement, even if it was, for some, out of pure necessity!

 

30 Karen Robinson having coffee at the 'Making the Australian Quilt' Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre - NGV Australia - August 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

30 Karen Robinson having coffee with Hubby after viewing the ‘Making the Australian Quilt’ Exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, NGV Australia.  Photographed by M. Robinson – August 2016.   NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 


© Karen Robinson – October 2016

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 8: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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21-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

21-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Class Room View of Painting Titled:  ‘Apple’ on A3 Canvas Paper painted in oil paints.  Painting and photograph by Karen Robinson Sept 2016.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My 8th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) was a challenge as usual, but this week during my ‘Produce Painting’ class I felt I had more personal creative success. And during the ‘Produce Drawing’ class we had the opportunity to use a new medium which was interesting and fun, and a lovely way to complete the day’s creative efforts.  Now for a two-week break!

 

NB:  To view my blogs about previous classes, please click on the links given here – Classes 1, Classes 2, Classes 3, Classes 4, Classes 5, Classes 6 and Classes 7 and for this week’s classes 8 for ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ – please scroll down to view.

 

9-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

9-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE  – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Oil Paint selection I chose to use for painting titled ‘Apple’.  Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 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.  Vin also talked about the process used to stretch a canvas, the use of Gesso as a universal primer on canvas and about oil paint brush types.

 

How to Stretch a Canvas

  • Vin indicated that the purchase of stretched canvases can be an expense that art students can struggle to afford, and having the knowledge to stretch one’s own canvases can be a good way to save money.
  • During the ‘stretch a canvas’ demonstration, Vin explained that we needed to ensure we allowed enough canvas to wrap around the outer edging of the wooden frame, and allow enough canvas for the underside of the wooden frame itself. Stapling should start in the middle of each arm of the wooden frame, then working outwards and towards the corners.  And at all times stretching the canvas with the tool especially designed to do this task, so that the canvas ends up taut and sounding like a drum when tapped, on completion.  The corners are folded in firmly and tightly as per the image below and as shown on the YouTube video.

 

 

  • Please find below a YouTube video produced by Joh Peters.  It basically follows the same stretch canvas methods and use of tools that Vin used during his demonstration in the ‘Produce Paintings’ class.

 

 

Use of Gesso

  • We also learned about priming a canvas using Gesso so that the surface of the canvas is ready for paint to adhere to it.  Vin explained that Gesso is usually white or off-white in colour and is made from paint pigment, chalk and binder although traditional oil ‘glue Gesso’ was made of animal glue binder, usually rabbit-skin glue, chalk, and white pigment – Titanium White.  Coloured Gesso can be purchased premixed black, coloured and clear, and it can also be coloured by simply mixing a little paint to tint the Gesso (Will Kemp 2015).
  • We also learned that when preparing a canvas with Gesso, you need to use a wide flat brush and the bigger the canvas surface, the bigger the brush needed. Vin explained the importance of scrubbing the Gesso into the canvas surface to ensure a good coverage is achieved.  Once the canvas is completely dry, he said we could use a sheet of very fine sandpaper to gently sand over the canvas to achieve a really smooth painting surface.

 

Oil & Water Colour Brushes:-

  • We talked about the different types of brushes available and their different painting purposes. Recommended for oil painting are those with a stiff hair as they have enough resilience to control and manipulate the colour (Winsor Newton 2016). There are a variety of brushes and each has unique properties to assist in achieving a specific creative result (Winsor Newton 2016).  NB:  I found a list of oil and watercolour brushes on Winsor & Newton’s website and have included it below:­
  1. Artists Hog Brushes – “Finest quality traditional hog brush, handcrafted using Chungking bristles, flagged ends for best colour carrying capacity and available with long handles” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  2. Monarch Brushes – “Professional synthetic hair brush, mimics natural mongoose hair, designed for oil colour and for subtle blending, glazing and detail” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  3. Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour Brushes – “For use with Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour, synthetic fibres which performs like hog, maintains shape and spring when used with water, and can be cleaned with soap and water” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  4. Winton Hog Brushes – “Natural bristle brush, designed for use with Winton Oil Colour, curved bristle maintains shape, and allows control and accuracy” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  5. Azanta Black Brushes – “Value for money hog hair brush, for oil and acrylic painting, great for beginners, and good stiffness for thick colour” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  6. University Brushes – “Synthetic all-purpose brushes, stiff enough for oil and acrylic, soft enough for watercolour, and less visible brush marks” (Winsor & Newton 2016).
  7. Foundation Brushes – “Natural hog bristle, available in long and short handles, and can also be used for acrylics” (Winsor & Newton 2016).

 

6-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

6-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

MY ‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS PROJECT

  • Art Purchases:-  Before class commenced I stopped in at the Senior Art Supplies store on Degraves Street to purchase ‘Art Spectrum Brush and Hand Cleaner‘ so that I could clean my brushes and hands after using oil paints.  “It is non-toxic, non-abrasive, biodegradable and contains no harsh solvents” (The art Scene 2012) which is good as we must think about chemical use and the environment.  Vin, the art teacher, also confirmed that this product “cleans and also restores old brushes that are stiff with dried up paint” (The art Scene 2012).  He also suggested that leaving a little of the cleaner in the brushes, until ready for use, can help remove any residue from the brush as well. You just need to give the brush a good wash and wipe before using again.  I also purchased some ‘AS Odourless Solvent‘ which is a “low odour alternative to Artist Turpentine for people sensitive to turpentine” (The Art Scene 2012).  It is used for thinning paint and cleaning brushes.

 

 

  • Class Set Up: –  First task on the agenda was the setting up all the painting materials.  Then by simply placing my apple on the artist box, it was ready for me to paint!

 

4-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

4-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Painting Palette: –Then I set about preparing my oil paint colour palette for use in creating the ‘apple’ painting.  Trying to mix just the right colours before commencing was an enjoyable experience and once set I was ready to start.  Below is a photo-story of my painting palette (1) colours straight from the tubes, (2) colours mixed in readiness to start painting and (3) how my painting palette looked at the completion of my painting of the apple.

 

 

  • Painting Visual Diary: –Before starting the actual painting, I brushed each colour tone onto one of the pages in my painting visual diary.

 

17-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

17-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE Class – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

  • Completed ‘Apple’ Oil Painting: – On completion of my ‘apple’ painting I was pleasantly surprised – it looked like an apple!  Even Vin, the teacher said that it looked like an apple, that it looked like he could take a bite out of it – this made me very happy.

 

18-22 Class 8 'Produce Paintings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson Sept 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

18-22 Class 8 ‘Produce Paintings’ CAE  – Certificate 111 in Visual Arts – Title:  ‘Apple’ on A3 Canvas Paper i