Media 2017: “Abnormal Psychology Book Cover Artwork”

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Karen Robinson at Home Art Studio holding book titled 'Abnormal Psychology' featuring on the front cover her original painting titled 'For Ones' Well-being' March 2017 www.idoartkarenrobinson.com NB: All images are copyright protected

Karen Robinson at Home Art Studio holding book titled ‘Abnormal Psychology’ featuring on the front cover her original painting titled ‘For Ones’ Well-being’ March 2017 http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com NB: All images are copyright protected

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During mid 2016 I received an email from Gail Buschman, Senior Graphic Designer of Sage Publishing, an international academic publisher based in Thousand Oaks, California.  They were interested in using one of my images ‘Abstract Painting No. 64 – Titled ‘For One’s Well-being on the cover of a forthcoming textbook; and the Second Edition of William J Ray’s ‘Abnormal Psychology‘ – Pennsylvania State University.  They asked if I would be interested in licensing it to them for book publishing, specifically for print and electronic book cover and website landing page header, circulation 20,000, geography – world rights, duration 7 year license/usage from publication date, exposure 1 language, inclusive of a credit line on the back cover.  After some discussions with family and friends, and after becoming a member with Copyright Agency/Viscopy – I agreed.

 

 

THE BOOK

 

Abnormal Psychology written by William J Ray - Second Edition www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

‘Abnormal Psychology’  written by William J Ray – Second Edition http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

 

In Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives on Human Behavior and Experience Second Edition, William J. Ray brings together current perspectives concerning the manner in which the human mind, behavior, and experience can be understood. In addition to the traditional psychological literature, this book draws from work in the cognitive and affective neurosciences, epidemiology, ethology, and genetics. Ray’s focus is on a unification and integration of the biopsychosocial understandings of human behavior within a broader consideration of human culture and language as it applies to abnormal psychology (Amazon 2017)”

 

 

 

THE PAINTING

 

No. 29 of 29 Painting No. 64 Titled 'For One's Well-being' Painting Practice by Abstract Painter Karen Robinson Feb 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

Abstract Painting No. 64 Titled ‘For One’s Well-being’ Painting by Abstract Painter Karen Robinson Feb 2016 http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

THE PAINTING’S STORY – “FOR ONE’S WELL-BEING”

 

“This painting titled “For One’s Well-being” has been inspired by the groups of people I have brought into my life through activities such as Art Therapy and Creative Writing provided by Mind Australia; and also my volunteering and paid work that I do with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.

For the sake of my own well-being, I have found over a course of time, that being part of community groups such as these organisations, has truly helped me gain a better sense of well-being. Within the comfort and security of such organisations, I have witnessed how people have been empowered to voice their feelings, share, reveal, support, encourage each other during times of great difficulty alongside of professional support systems. I have also witnessed how when participants choose to come and join such organisations, they grow strong and more-able to deal with day-to-day difficulties; and I am one of those people.

My painting reflects an image of myself in the foreground, with my support networks in the background. They come from all walks of life; they are family, friends, work mates and community group members whom have been an integral part of my life over recent years, and all have contributed to my ability to reach a healthy mindset. Hence varying colours of difference; and colours with commonality. I couldn’t have got to this place where I am now without their support and this painting is a tribute to them all.”

© Karen Robinson, February 2016

 

CONCLUSION

It was pleasing to have this particular artwork of mine used in such a way.  Hopefully this usage will also convey the painting’s story and help contribute to the knowledge base of students and teachers using ‘Abnormal Psychology’ as a learning tool…

 

 

 

© Karen Robinson – March 2017

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Photography 2017 – Landscape: “Lerderderg State Forest” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

Lerderderg, Victoria - Australia 'Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area - Lerderderg State Forest'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - Feb 2017

Lerderderg, Victoria – Australia ‘Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area – Lerderderg State Forest’_Karen Robinson tucked away within the natural vegetation taking photographs of Australian Gum trees.  Photographed by ©Karen Robinson’s husband using a Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – Feb 2017

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this photography adventure was to capture amazing river and bush scenes within the Lerderderg State Forest Park.  It is a 14,250-hectare park located between Bacchus Marsh and Blackwood, an hour’s drive from Melbourne – Australia.  The Lerderderg river itself “has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park” (Parks Victoria 2016). To our surprise, the Lerderderg stony river bed was mostly dry with some occasional small water holes and lagoons to be found – as we ventured by foot along the expansive stony river bed.  My husband explained to me that some 50 years ago and when he was a young man, he would trek this area; and back then – there was no shortage of water flowing through this river’s watercourse way.  It was a shock to view this once mighty river so dry!  We will probably need to come back over winter and at the beginning of spring to see what difference the winter rains have made on this region of Australian bush.   The native wildlife surrounding the river greatly depend upon its water resources for daily sustenance, and this lack of water must mean that animal and bird wildlife would be suffering.  It is a beautiful region to visit; its isolation added to our overall experience, it was a magical day…

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT LERDERDERG STATE FOREST

Lerderderg State Park encompasses scenic and geological gorge formations surrounding the Lerderderg River as well as the volcanic cone of Mount Blackwood.  The adjacent and separate block called the Pyrete Range forms part of the park.  The park is known for its remote setting and the 300 deep Lerderderg River gorge is a dominant feature.  Private land abuts the park to the south and the Wombat State forest abuts to the north and west (VEAC.Vic.Gov – 2017).

A range of vegetation types, including a riparian Blue Gum and Manna Gum community of State significance and 23 significant plant species present in Lerderderg State Park, together with nine significant animal species.  The vegetation changes dramatically from north to south in accordance with the rainfall gradient.  Dry Stringy-bark-box forests are found near the gorge mouth, and Box-Iron-bark woodlands along the high ridges of the south.  There is a change to taller, damper Messmate-Peppermint-Gum Forests along the northern boundary of the park.  The river margins support Blue Gum and Manna Gum, while grevilleas, wattles and hakeas are found in steep and rocky sections.  Late winter and spring are best times to see the spectacular display of wildflowers.  The Lerderderg River is a proclaimed Heritage River and there are 3 reference areas in the park (VEAC.Vic.Gov – 2017).

The Wurundjeri and the Wathaurung are Aboriginal tribes known to have lived in the area.  European occupation of the area commenced during the 1830s when squatters took up large pastoral runs around Bacchus Marsh.  Gold was first discovered at what is now the township of Blackwood, in 1851.  The area was rich in alluvial gold and large nuggets were found chiefly in the bed of the Lerderderg River and its tributaries in what is now the Wombat State Forest and Lerderderg State Park (VEAC.Vic.Gov – 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this landscape photography exercise – I used my EOS 1100D Canon DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote timer for the big shots. I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and to also gain GPS location readings.

 

Blackwood, Victoria - Australia 'River Crossing - Lerderderg State Park'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

Blackwood, Victoria – Australia ‘River Crossing – Lerderderg State Park’_Karen Robinson taking photographs within and along the stony river bed.  Photographed by ©Karen Robinson’s husband_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs.  It was once more a new experience, especially developing the landscape photographs where some of the skyline was over exposed.  A number of the photographs I decided to crop the sky out of the photograph itself. I also decided to turn some into black and white photographs in order to gain the best raw photographic details – using Lightroom 6. Overall though I was happy with my efforts and feel that the essence of the natural Australia bush was captured. Please find both above and below the best of what I took on the day.

 

 

 

MacKenzies Flat, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Lerderderg, Victoria - Australia 'Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area - Lerderderg State Forest'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - Feb 2017

Lerderderg, Victoria – Australia ‘Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area – Lerderderg State Forest’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – Feb 2017

Lerderderg, Victoria - Australia 'Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area - Lerderderg State Forest'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com - Feb 2017

Lerderderg, Victoria – Australia ‘Mackenzies Flat Picnic Area – Lerderderg State Forest’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com – Feb 2017

 

 

 

Blackwood River Crossing, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Blackwood, Victoria - Australia 'River Crossing - Lerderderg State Park'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

Blackwood, Victoria – Australia ‘River Crossing – Lerderderg State Park’_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

 

 

 

Shaws Lake, Victoria – Australia

Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Blackwood, Victoria - Australia 'Shaws Lake - Lerderderg'_Photographed by Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_Feb 2017

Blackwood, Victoria – Australia ‘Shaws Lake – Lerderderg’_Photographed by Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_Feb 2017

 

 

 

 

 

SLIDE-SHOW OF ALL PHOTOGRAPHS

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CONCLUSION

Another magical day taking landscape photographs.  I would encourage anyone to take up photography as a way of tapping into one’s creativeness; a way to reconnect with nature. Photography as an art form used as therapy – helps to improve one’s sense of well-being and gets a ‘thumbs up’ from me…

Happy photography all!

 

Blackwood, Victoria - Australia 'River Crossing - Lerderderg State Park'_Photographed by ©Karen Robinson_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

Blackwood, Victoria – Australia ‘River Crossing – Lerderderg State Park’_Karen standing in the river bed taking photographs. Photographed by ©Karen Robinson’s husband with Samsung Galaxy 6 mobile phone_www.idoartkarenrobinson.com_February 2017

 

 

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© Karen Robinson – March 2017

 

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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.

 

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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‘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

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

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

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

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

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

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

 

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

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

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

 

INTRODUCTION

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

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

 

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

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

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

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

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

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

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

 

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

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

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

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

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

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

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

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

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

 

© Karen Robinson – August 2016

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

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

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

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

 

 

INTRODUCTION

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

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‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS:

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS:

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

COMMENCEMENT OF ‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY

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

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

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

 

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

 

© Karen Robinson – July 2016

 

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CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 1: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson

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No. 8-18 First 'Produce Drawings' CAE Class - Certificate 111 in Visual Arts - Photograph taken by Karen Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

No. 8-18 Certificate III in Visual Arts – First Class:   ‘Produce Drawings’ C.A.E (Centre for Adult Education) Melbourne, Australia.  Photograph taken by fellow student of Karen Robinson drawing in class.  NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

INTRODUCTION

After being involved with Mind Australia’s Art Therapy Group, as a participant for two years and also being part of their Creative Writing Group for just on one year, the time had come for me to look for another way of investing myself in some form of creative outlet which would aid my ongoing post-traumatic growth; a creative outlet that would tick the happy box!  It took a number of months for me to finally reach a decision to take up an Arts Course with CAE (Centre for Adult Education) Melbourne, Australia.  I have always wanted to participate in an arts course from a very early age but life got in the way, not that, that was a bad outcome, it just meant I ended up following a different path in my earlier life.  Whilst I have now been, a practicing intuitive abstract artist since 2008 and have produced many paintings over those years, I still find myself wanting to participate in some sort of formal arts education.  I am starting at the bottom with Certificate III in Visual Arts and only commencing with two subjects for this first semester, due to the need for having to work and also in order to keep up with my volunteer speaking with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.

 

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

 

 

ABOUT CERTIFICATE III IN VISUAL ARTS

CAE states that this course will “give students the opportunity to explore a variety of art techniques and methods.  Guided by practising artists students will have a unique opportunity to realise their artistic goals.  Students will study drawing, printmaking, sculpture, painting, art history and theory, visit exhibitions, listen to artist talks, participate in workshops and develop an understanding of what it is to be a visual artist.  Students will also further their interest in visual art and participate in classes that will teach practical skills and encourage them to develop their concepts (CAE 2016)“.

After reading what this course ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’ offered, I felt that it would give me an opportunity to: (1) expand on my existing arts knowledge base; (2) develop knowledge about materials and tools I haven’t used before; (3) work under the direction of experienced practicing artists/teachers; (4) and get to know others students with the same creative interests.  Whilst these classes are not a form of art therapy, and are about learning/improving one’s arts knowledge and skills, I do feel that they will, for me at least, aid as a form of ‘art for therapy‘ and will certainly tick the happy box which in turn will assist me, in maintaining my sense of well-being!

 

 

ART MATERIALS PURCHASED FOR CLASSES

Part of the process of commencing classes, is the process of purchasing painting and drawing arts materials.  Very kindly, the painting teacher VIN RYAN took me down to the arts store Senior Art Supplies which is just below where the classes are held, to show me what was needed to start with the  ‘Product Paintings’ class.  Using my mobile phone, I photographed each item (see below) so that I could come back later and purchase.  Also, TIM JONES the drawing teacher, kindly indicated on the arts materials list, just what I needed to purchase for the ‘Product Drawings’ class which I very much appreciated as it ensured I only purchased the necessary art items!

 

 

The Senior Art Supplies store which is situated in Degraves Street, is a small and delightful place to visit, especially if you are an artist – as it is like a candy store for artists and jammed packed full of art goodies.  Whether a professional, hobbyist and/or student, this store caters well for all, offering a product range which is comprehensive, consisting of artist materials and accessories such as: acrylics, oils, water-colours, gouache, easels, brushes, self-help books and more (City of Melbourne 2016).