ARTIST TALK 2019: “Artist Talk – Road Trauma” Presentation at TAC written and presented by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

Late last year 2018, I had offered the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) a series of 7 (is actually now 9 ) paintings I had done about my road trauma experience and about my grieving process.  About how painting for myself, group art therapy, creative writing and volunteer speaking played a major role in helping me improve my sense of wellbeing.  How it gave me meaning and purpose to my life.

 

Earlier this year 2019, Stephanie Wood of TAC Geelong whom I have known since 2010 when I first exhibited some of my paintings at TAC’s ‘Picture This Exhibition – Melbourne’ – asked if I would like to do an Artist Talk. Stephanie also asked if I wouldn’t mind speaking about my volunteer speaking I had done for the first 5 years with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) and about the paid work I now undertake with the organisation. I was pleased to agree and grateful for such an opportunity! The presentation also included a live broadcast to TAC staff at their Melbourne Office as well.  Afterwards, I did a short podcast with Stephanie about the presentation on the day that could be viewed by staff members who were unable to attend and may be interested in viewing the PowerPoint Presentation and listen to the podcast at their leisure. NB:  Please find said podcast here below.

 

 

 

There were approximately 35 plus TAC staff in attendance between the Geelong and Melbourne Offices. They were genuinely attentive and asked many questions at the end of the presentation, which was very pleasing for me personally.  It was truly an honour to have had such an opportunity! Both Stephanie and my dear hubby Mark supported me before, during and afterwards which was greatly appreciated.  NB:  Please find towards the end of this blog the ‘Artist Talk – Road Trauma’ presentation slides and basic presentation wording I delivered on that day.

 

 

After the presentation, Stephanie took us to the area where all seven paintings were hung. Mark and I were blown away with the fact that Stephanie had all the paintings professionally hang with accompanying painting stories within the corporate part of TAC head office Geelong.  They looked amazing – it was thrilling for us to see them on the walls of TAC!  At last these paintings have found a good home where they will be viewed by many and hopefully help with conveying the importance of being a safe and responsible road user.

 

NB:  Recently Mark and I delivered to Stephanie Wood at TAC Geelong the two last paintings that now form 9 paintings in the series (painting no. 58 ‘A State of Mind’ and painting no. 60 ‘For One’s Wellbeing!’).

 

 

 

‘ARTIST TALK – ROAD TRAUMA’ POWER-POINT PRESENTATION SLIDES

Here below are the Power-Point Presentation slides and the wording that I basically presented on the day. During the live presentation, I did add additional information as needed and/or as seemed appropriate for the audience.

 

Slide 1: Introduction

Today I have been asked to speak about my artwork and about RTSSV. I have to confess – that it had me really thinking before coming here today, about how best to put together a presentation that was inclusive of both subjects! I have chosen to use a timeline throughout this presentation which expands over a 10 year period. At times these endeavours of mine have been very challenging – but have definitely been most worthy undertakings.  They have been a lifeline that has transformed my life, and thus influenced my relationships with others in a most positive and fruitful way. I came across a quote the other day on Facebook that stated this:

“One day you will tell your story, of how you’ve overcome, what you are going through now, and it will become part of someone’s survival guide.” I feel the work that RTSSV’s volunteers and paid staff do – does just that – for many within our community.

November 2008, my husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma, and I became his carer during the twelve-month period of his chemotherapy and recovery process. On the 5th November 2009, just twelve months on, our 25-year-old son Ben was killed in a single-vehicle car crash. I poured all my effects into painting as a way of being able to stay sane!  When I look back over my paintings and re-read the accompanying stories, I realise now, that I was using painting to work through a torrid of emotions. This process of painting and writing the corresponding story for each painting – became a very powerful tool to express emotions and feelings that were too hard to say out loud.

NB:  Here below I have included a short video that was produced by TAC about my art practices and about why I paint.  I didn’t show it during my presentation but feel it appropriate to include within this blog.

 

 

Slide 2:  Road Trauma Story

My family’s road trauma story began on Friday the 5th of November 2009. Early that morning, a knock at the front door, revealed a young police officer who asked me, was I Karen Robinson, Ben’s mum and I said yes.  With words that stumbled around, he said they were not sure, they had the right address.  He then stated that Ben, my son had been killed in a single-car crash.  Ben was 25, travelling at 140 kilometres per hour on a straight stretch of country road, in the early hours of the morning, with a BAC level of .08, hit a kangaroo, lost control of his vehicle, hit two trees and was killed instantly – the coroner’s report stated.  I want to say here, that he was not a bad person, he was well-loved and liked by many, but he did engage in risky driver behaviour for many years, and on the night of his death, made some choices that tragically cost him his life.  Ben is greatly missed and especially by me – his mum, his dad and sister. My family’s grieving process was different, for the each of us, but for myself, I wanted to see if I could connect with like-minded people – to give purpose and meaning to my life that had been completely shattered, by the sudden and tragic loss of our son Ben. Connecting with RTSSV proved to be, one of many steps I undertook during this decade journey of mine. RTSSV’s Volunteer speaker training back in 2011, lead me to spend 5 years as a volunteer speaker, sharing my life experience with road trauma, at Road Trauma Awareness seminars to repeat road traffic offenders – people just like my son. Someone asked me one day “you must feel great after sharing your story” and I thought at the time that, that was not the case.  After thinking about it for some time, I thought it was the worthiest of tasks I do in my life and still is! What has enhanced this journey of mine has been also through the paid work that I now do with RTSSV.  My volunteering has led to opportunities given to me by the organisation, to undertake the role of Regional Coordinator and RTAS Facilitator.  The RC role entails connecting me with other facilitators and other volunteer speakers.  My job is to help them stay connected regionally and with head office, help with training and give support where needed.  My role as an RTAS Facilitator is to facilitator sessions about road safety and road trauma, for traffic offender participants, in the hope they will become, safer and more responsible road users in the future.  It also gives me the opportunity to present at Schools, local businesses, and at Community Road Safety Forums.

 

Slide 3:  Using painting and storytelling about grief, loss and despair – the beginning…

PAINTING   45A – Title      “The Life of Our Son Ben” Acrylic on Canvas  Jan 10/June 10    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: Our only son Ben was born on the 16/11/83 and died in a car crash 5/11/09 at the age of just 25, just before his 26th birthday.  I had to do a painting to celebrate his life.  To know that the time Ben was here with us was a treasure shared with so many. Ben was loved and cherished and will be missed so much by all but mostly by us his mum being me, his dad and sister. In memory of Ben and his life with us – we love you, Ben. Each band of colour represents a year of Ben’s life from a baby, toddlerhood, small child, older child, teenager through to becoming a fully grown young man. Each colour represents the different emotions, feelings, experiences, growth Ben achieved in his 26 years with us. The spheres represent the worlds of people he had in his life from his own family of us (mum, dad and sister and his sister’s partner and now husband), extended family of nana, pa, aunties, uncles and cousins, work colleagues, first love, last love, other girlfriends and the best of mates.  In loving memory of our Ben…

PAINTING   45B – Title      “The Death of Our Son Ben”  Acrylic on Canvas  Jan /Jun 2010    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: Our son Ben was killed on the 5/11/09 in a car accident. Ben had just finished a 7-day shift at the Fosterville Gold Mines in Bendigo and was out with his Crew 3 work colleagues at their local drinking haunt. At approximately 1.30am Thursday morning they headed off from the bar to home. Ben was able to get a cab but his boss was not able to get one. His boss said for Ben to take the taxi and he would start walking home. Ben reached home safely but was concerned about his boss walking home alone. It was then that Ben decided to get into his car and go and pick up his boss and drive him home. This was a fatal decision Ben made. After picking up his boss, Ben headed back home via the road back to his work. This road was out through bush and farmland and Kangaroo area. At approximately 1.30am Ben travelling at approximately 140 kilometres and over .08 hit a kangaroo. Ben lost control of his car and at high speed collided into trees set on the side of the road. Ben was killed instantly. It was not until approximately 5am that Ben was discovered by one of Fosterville Gold Mine People. Ben made a terrible decision to get into his car that night but for a good reason to ensure his boss got home safely. When we went up to see where Ben had his crash it was incredibly emotional, distressing and heartbreaking. The decision to do a painting of Ben’s crash was all about trying to communicate to all young people about drinking and driving and how in just one split second, a life can be taken. That a young life taken is such a tragedy and that so many other people’s lives are deeply affected and changed forever as well for this loss. This painting shows the split-second of our son Ben’s death. The impact of his car of silver and crimson into the trees, the shattering of his car and his life. The road through what is very beautiful county Victoria, a strange contrast to the tragedy we were all facing! The blue in the crash is our boy’s soul, the gold is our treasured son and the blue triangles are his sole reaching for the night heavens. There is the road stretching into the distance and the gums in the bush fields.

 

Slide 4:  TAC Picture This Exhibition opportunity to show paintings…

November 2010, I participated in the TAC exhibition called “Picture This” along with other artists who had somehow been affected by road trauma.  It was located at Atrium Fed Square – Melbourne, Australia.  The exhibition provided people who had been affected by road trauma to use the artistic expression, whether it was drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography or textiles, to share their experiences.  The exhibitions showcased artwork by people who have either taken up art since being involved in a transport accident or who were artists before their accident (TAC 2019). Making the decision to be part of TAC’s “Picture This” 2010 was both difficult and important for myself and for my family.  When I painted these paintings, it was very much for me.  I was painting my way through my grief.  It was a way of being able to express my thoughts and emotions which I found very difficult to say out loud.  Our family were deeply sad during this period of time in our lives; and at times, just talking to each other was at times almost too hard to do.  So for me, painting became a form of therapy, I way to tell my story about grief, loss and heartache.

 

Slide 5:  Trying to accept our son’s death…

PAINTING   45C – Title “The Loss of Our Son Ben” Acrylic on Canvas  Jan/June 2010    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: This painting was all about the loss of our son.  The deep grief of this loss and the terrible emptiness felt by us.  How we felt that without Ben we were left with nothing of his future.  No hope, no marriage, no children of his and no Heritage of our son forthcoming.  As parents the loss of our only son is unrecoverable.  There is only the past we have of him which we will cherish forever but no present and no future. I was only hoping by painting this that young people could understand more fully about the issues of ‘drink driving’. Our son was just like any other young man who was trying to make a life for himself.  But tragically Ben was not able to continue on with his.  Hopefully, we may be able to save a young person’s life by sharing our son’s tragedy.

PAINTING   45D – Title      “Rest in Peace Ben”       Acrylic on Canvas  Jan11 /June 2011    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: It was not until earlier in 2010, that we were able to place Ben’s ashes and plaque at Fawkner Memorial Park. At the time, the roses were not in bloom, the grounds were dry and colourless and the day was cloudy and grey. It was a very sad, solemn day for us as parents and for Ben’s sister and her partner. Later that same year, we returned on the 5th November 2010, the first anniversary of Ben’s death. On this day of sad memories of Ben and our hearts full of grief, we found ourselves visiting a strangely beautiful place. The sky was bright blue; the colourful roses were in full bloom! The old elms trees were still bare but just starting to bud again. And all the shrubbery and grass was green again after the winter rains. We placed fresh flowers, in the small vase, set on his plaque and sat on the small seat overlooking the beautiful garden. We were one year on….it made it no easier to bare, the loss of our son, but we gained a small comfort, that he was at peace in a beautiful place, that we had done everything possible to pay respect to his memory. Ben would be in our hearts and minds forever. In this painting, I have tried to capture this spirit of our day, Ben’s first anniversary. I needed to remember Ben, at peace in a beautiful place….for my sake … as his mum…..I couldn’t paint another painting full of pain, I wanted to be able to look at this painting and think of the beautiful day, we spent remembering him, remembering our son and the 26 years, Ben was in our lives. Ben was killed in a motor vehicle crash, just outside of Bendigo 5th November 2009, at the age of 25 just before his 26th Birthday – In memory of Ben…

 

Slide 6:  Another form of therapy – volunteer speaking…

At the beginning of 2011, I undertook the volunteer training process. It also became a form of therapy and an important part of my life and still is. Volunteers play a significant role within RTSSV with many having personal experiences of road trauma and the impact it has on people’s lives. For a 5 year period, I shared my family’s road trauma life experience at RTAS sessions.  RTAS participants can be one-time road traffic offenders but most often are repeat road traffic offenders directed by (1) the Magistrates Courts to attend; (2) Solicitors pre-court attendance; (3) Community Corrections; (4) and some self-referred.  The volunteer’s story has proven to have the greatest impact on the participants in getting them to rethink about their risky driver behaviour, and in turn, this will hopefully save lives, reduce serious injury and reduce the ripple effect caused by road trauma.

 

Slide 7:  Using painting as a way of expressing feelings and thoughts…

PAINTING   45E – Title      “Reaching out to Sons” Acrylic on Canvas   Jan 11 /Jun 2011    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: This painting has been inspired by  “Road Trauma Awareness Seminars” and the people who attend them. There are 15 black circles, each being a driver and within the circle of colours. The black circles (participants) sit around a set of tables, all looking towards the presenters. The SES presenter is in the high left-hand side of this painting, with the RTSSV Educator, down at the front next to SES presenter. And there is me, Ben’s mum, telling my family’s Road Trauma Story. I painted myself in grey because it is very hard to tell my story. I have my arms in pearl white and reaching out to these sons, sons just like my son Ben. The circle of colour placed up on the top right corner of the painting is part of my presentation and is the ripple effect of Ben’s death. Ben being the centre with the ripples coming out, like when you drop a pebble into a pond and the water ripples out! Within this ripple effect are Ben’s Dad, Mum (me), his Sister and her Partner, his Girlfriend, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, Best of Mates, his Work Mates, Previous Work Mates, Old School Friends and people I have come to understand have also been affected by road trauma; the workmate whom found Ben dead at the scene of the crash; the police officer who came to our home’s front door in Melbourne and told us Ben had been killed, the police officer who attended Ben’s crash, the SES people who removed Ben out of his car, the ambulance driver who took Ben to the Coroners, the Coroner and many others within our communities. The colours in the painting are about how these drivers (mainly men), how they come into the room full of life and hope. We share a solemn message about the outcomes of road trauma – death and serious injury. But the team of “Road Trauma Awareness” are reaching out, to try and get these drivers to change their driver behaviour in the hope that they don’t end up like Ben – my son.

PAINTING   45F – Title      “A Fractured Life”       Acrylic on Canvas         Feb /Oct 2012    91cms Length  x 91cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: The black square in the centre of the right top corner is the grief I hold in my life for my son’s loss.  The shapes coming out from his grief is my life as it was then, fractured!  It no longer fit the way it did before.  My life would never be the same.  To say I needed to build a new life…doesn’t fit either.  The loss of my son had left a gaping hole in my heart.

 

Slide 8:  Work or study?

2011 – 2013 “Advanced Diploma of Justice” – Equips the student with skills for employment in supervisory or management positions within the justice industry
2 years of full-time study 2011-2013 – thankfully achieved with High Distinction 

 

Slide 9:  Volunteer speaking and study leading into paid work opportunities…

2014 “Regional Coordinator Training” – The role consists of training, supervising, supporting
volunteer speakers and RTAS facilitators, also making connections with regional road safety stakeholders (RTSSV 2014) – completed and still in the role today 2019.

2015 “Group Facilitator Training” – Areas concluded: The impact of road trauma the RTAS program, supporting volunteers, dealing with challenging behaviours and delivery of the program (RTSSV 2015) – completed and still in the role today 2019.

From 2014 I have facilitated approximately 150 RTAS sessions consisting of approximately 1,500 participants!

 

Slide 10:  Getting to the other side of loss and looking for better days…

PAINTING   58 – Title  “A State of Mind”  Acrylic on Canvas                      Dec 2014      100cms Length  x 100cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story:  This painting was inspired by a sketch I did during an art therapy session in August 2014. During the session, our art therapy facilitator asked us to sketch within 5mins about ‘how we feel right now’.  My life, my state of mind right at that moment was best described as being more ‘cup half full’ as opposed to being half empty during earlier years.  The bright yellow is representative of sunny feelings; the blue and green colours representing cooler feelings and emotions; the orange and red being representative of rage and/or being upset; and lastly the black is representative of the loss of my son and the sorrowful feelings I have which will never go away.  During my art therapy session, I explained that my sketch and now in this painting, once turned upside-down, is representative of some days where it is not all sunny, they can be dark and looming such as the early years after the loss of my son. But these kind of days were few and far between now, as it had been nearly five years on since the loss of my son Ben in 2009 (it was August 2014 at the time the sketch was done).  Within the painting itself, I created scaffolding type lines in black which signify how my daily life, months, and years can be complicated by depression and anxiety. But I am in a much better place now than I have been My wellbeing has improved greatly with the use of art and creative writing therapy.

PAINTING  60 – Title   “Brick Wall”                        Acrylic on Canvas          May 2015      100cms Length  x 100cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: We get a life to build and each brick in that wall of life represents our struggles and our successes – our human endeavours.  In my wall, the black represents grief, despair and sadness, the yellow represents sunny joyous happy days, the orange/red represents anger and frustration, the pink represents passion and love, the green represents steadiness and security, the brown represents the ‘done-and-dusted’ and the forgotten, the grey represents dullness and boredom, the purple represents adventure and secrets I have shared, and the pale blue represents ‘the sky’s the limit’!

 

Slide 11:  Being thankful to those who helped me through my journey

PAINTING   64 – Title: “For One’s Wellbeing” Acrylic on Canvas         Feb 2016                                                                                         90cms Length x 90cms Wide x 3cms Deep

Painting Story: 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 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 such as my dear husband and my darling daughter, friends, workmates and community group members who have been an integral part of my life over recent years and all have contributed to my ability to reach a healthy mindset.  It also includes TAC! 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.

 

Slide 12:  About Road Trauma Support Services Victoria

 

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation contributing to the safety and wellbeing of road users (RTSSV 2019).

Counselling:  Our counsellors are specially trained to help people manage the thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with road trauma.  Our counselling sessions are – free of charge – confidential – unlimited in number. You do not need a referral to access our services.  Sessions may be conducted face-to-face or by telephone.  Our clients include bereaved families, friends and colleagues; injured people and carers; drivers and passengers; and people who were first on the scene – witnesses, citizens who offered assistance, and emergency service workers.  This service is fully funded by TAC (RTSSV 2019).

Education:  We deliver a range of educational services that reach more than a thousand people each year.  For traffic offenders – Road Trauma Awareness Seminars are delivered in conjunction with the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria – as part of traffic offenders sentencing options.  These seminars now 10 years on are delivered at over 30 locations across Victoria each month.  We also present varying other programs at schools, community and corporate organisations and sporting clubs (RTSSV 2019).

 

Slide 13:  Voices of those who have been somehow impacted by road trauma…

 

Volunteer Speakers – people who have been personally impacted by road trauma play a critical role in our education programs. They undertake a training program with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria that is especially designed to assist them in preparation to become a speaker (RTSSV 2019). They are also able to receive ongoing support from Road Trauma Support Services’ counselling team, when and if they feel the need to! Volunteers share their deeply personal life experiences with road trauma, to help address the attitudes and behaviours of road users. This sharing of theirs is without a doubt, a most worthy community contribution, and we should all be grateful, for their selfless generosity…

 

Slide 14:  Time for Remembering Event…

The 3rd Sunday of November is the World Day of Remembrance for people who have life experiences with road trauma!  It allows attendees to commemorate the lives of loved ones lost on our roads, celebrates their lives and gives thanks for those who survived. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to those agencies and individuals who work tirelessly to reduce the road toll and the associated trauma and grief (RTSSV 2019).

11.45am for a 12pm start
Sunday 17 November 2019
At Queens Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne
RSVP by Friday 15 November 2019 to office.manager@rtssv.org.au
Phone:  1300 367 797

 

Slide 15:  Get involved – Shine a Light on Road Safety Event…

RTSSV is the driving force behind the ‘Shine a Light on Road Safety’ yearly national campaign – alongside the United Nations Global Road Safety Week.  It’s a way for the organisation to highlight the importance of the work that we do, and the part we play in road safety.  Please come and join us in our campaign to raise awareness, to stop deaths and injuries on our roads, and to raise funds to support those impacted by road trauma.  You can support road safety by during Shine a Light week – landmarks across Australian are illuminated in yellow for road safety; Illuminations:  Monday 6th May to Sunday 12 May 2019 – perhaps you could look at having landmarks illuminated in your area? On Friday 10 May 2019 turn on your headlights to demonstrate a commitment to road safety; and join the community walk and BBQ from 11am to 1pm on Sunday 5 May 2019 at Albert Park Lake, Melbourne (RTSSV 2019). SUPPORTER – TAC

 

Side 16:  Conclusion and question time  – and there were many – just so good!

My volunteering experience with this organisation RTSSV has been lifesaving for sure! It has improved my sense of self-worth after our family’s tragic event. It helped me rebuild and re-energized my life to give it meaning and purpose. It has given me opportunities to connect and develop meaningful relationships with likeminded people, and opportunities to take up training to enhance existing skills, and learn new ones.

As a mother, a wife, a grandmother, a friend, a work colleague and community member – I am truly appreciative of this and thank you…

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

In conclusion to this blog and now some 9 years on since the death of my son Ben, I have with the support of so many people been able to achieve much that has been important to me and my family.  My dear husband who has been clear of cancer now for these years is enjoying good health for his age.  My darling sweet daughter married a good man and they now have a beautiful little girl who we care for two days a week while my daughter works. Our little granddaughter brings us much joy into our daily lives.  Life is good and we are very grateful for what we have in our lives.  The loss of our son and his memory is never too far away in my thoughts, but I know he would be pleased to see we are all doing the best we can.  Love and miss you my dearest son – wish you were here to enjoy this life…sincerely your mum…

 

In memory of our beautiful son Ben – © Karen Robinson – Sept 2019

No. 1 of 5 Creative Writing - Poem Titled 'Crying Roses' written and photographed by Karen Robinson 5th November 2015.JPG

No. 1 of 5 Creative Writing – Poem Titled ‘Crying Roses’ written and photographed by Karen Robinson 5th November 2015.JPG

 


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Art Therapy: “La Trobe’s Art Therapy Masterclass & Workshop Day’ Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

Recently a friend and I attended the La Trobe’s ‘Art Therapy Masterclass and Workshop Day‘ at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne – Australia.  The first of the public lectures covered: ‘The wellbeing effects of participating in art making – what the evidence tells us’ presented by Dr Patricia Fenner – art therapist, course coordinator, Master Art Therapy.  The second public lecture ‘Children and youth – building supportive self-care strategies using art’ was presented by Ms Vicky Nicholls – art therapist, psychotherapist, lecturer.  Meeting Vicky again brought back memories of the time I attended Mind Australia’s Art Therapy Group Sessions for Carers of loved ones with mental health issues where Vicky facilitated the art therapy group sessions.

 

 

 

 

ART THERAPY WORKSHOP

We got to participant in one of the workshops which explored issues such as ‘Who is an artist? Looking at the social currency around the term and identity, challenging the norms’.  This particular workshop was ran by Dr Libby Byrne – art therapist, artist, lecturer and researcher, Master Art Therapy.

 

 

Below here is a photograph of my efforts playing with the kinetic sand.  It was a fun and meaning-full way of being able to engage in storytelling, work through feelings and emotions in a safe, supportive environment.

 

 

Below here, beginning with a blank piece of paper and taking the time to create as we thought about the meaning of being an artist!

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITION ADJOINING LECTURE

Afterwards we took ourselves into see an exhibition adjoining the lecture centre featuring the work of Yayoi Kusama – most celebrated living Japanese artist and other amazing artists.

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Art Therapy and Creative Writing Therapy really does work, and so important, as it helps people regain their sense of wellbeing, and helps support their loved ones as well.


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© Karen Robinson – March 2018

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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 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

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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