Moving On…..

I have now started Painting 1:  The Practice of Painting and my new blog site is, link here.



At the commencement of the course I had two main objectives:

  • to try various drawing styles
  • to move from an accurate depiction of the visual appearance of the object to a more expressive, non-representational image

The drawings I have chosen to be assessed demonstrate my development across these two areas.   Throughout the course I have used various media including pencil, pen & ink, conte crayon, willow charcoal, compressed charcoal, charcoal dust, graphite dust, oil pastels, soft pastels and acrylic paint.  Whilst I did experiment with media it was not until Unit 4 that I fully embraced this concept and this started to change the way I drew.

Drawing 1 demonstrates where I was at the commencement of the course.  This is one of the preparatory drawings for Assignment 1 and shows my technical ability to accurately depict an object.  However, even this drawings shows my willingness to experiment with the composition and go in close to an object and not take a traditional viewpoint.  

Drawings 2-4 are based around my theme of looking at man’s impact on the environment, an area  in which I have an interest. Drawing 2 is in response to my tutor’s feedback where she encourages me to look at the Dada movement and use the accidental in my drawing.  Here the background is created from freely flowing watercolour paint washed over the paper (imitating the waves on a beach) and the organic/inorganic beach finds within the line drawing are not always clearly differentiated, inviting the viewer to try to identify some of the objects.  Drawing 3 is in response to my research into still-life paintings and shows how I am able to base my drawing on historical research in a new way (both in terms of drawing style and the objects themselves).  Drawing 4 (Assignment 2 finished piece) continues to explore my theme and challenges the still-life genre.  The colours are loosely applied and an accidental element introduced via the use of a wax resist, this contrasts with the more precisely drawn elements (stairs and leaves).  I recognise there are some issues with the perspective within this drawing but the overall effect for me is more important.

Drawing 5 is one of the extended exercises for the 360 degree view.  This sketch was completed on location with a roll of paper attached to a drawing board.  This sketch was the basis for Assignment 3 and was far more successful than the actual assignment drawing.  This is because I completed this sketch on location and did not over think the drawing. Assignment 3 itself was my most challenging assignment, mainly because I over-thought the whole process and kept changing my mind on the subject matter as I struggled with the outcome.  

Drawing 6 is one of the drawings from Assignment 4.  I choose this drawing as it linked into my research into the use of the female nude in art and the male gaze.  I therefore choose to draw a male model who is an artist himself (a photographer). I also choose this drawing as it reverses the traditional black on white.  

Drawings 7-11 are all from Assignment 5 and demonstrate the progress I have made in both my drawing style and my movement towards a less-representational image.   I believe these drawings also begin to show the development of my personal voice as I begin to explore my personal experiences of being the youngest child in a large family and how that has shaped me as an individual, in particular my previous reluctance to show my art.

I mounted all the drawings on mount board.  The first four boards show individual drawings from either the exercises or assignments.

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The next three Boards show the work from the final assignment.

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As I had worked on individual sheets of paper rather than hard bound sketchbooks I collated the supporting work for these assessment pieces into two books and used a Japanese binding to hold them together.  Tabs were added for ease of assessment.

I then pulled together all my individual sketches and realised I would go over the weight limit if I included all my life drawing sketches (which were mostly A1/2 size).  I therefore selected a range of life drawings, demonstrating the use of a range of media and techniques.  I bound all my sketches and physical research pages into five individual books.







Drawing 1 is my first course as part of a degree in Painting with the Open College of the Arts.

I have always been interested in art, particularly drawing. At school I enjoyed art and was a member of the drawing and animation club. Once I entered the world of work, whilst the interest in art was maintained, the need to earn and my partner took priority. Over the last few years I have started to draw and paint again. I have traditionally drawn in a fairly realistic manner, however, lately I am trying to become more expressive and free with my drawings and it is this side I aim to develop more, as well as putting a bit more of “me” in my art (whatever that means!). A few months ago I attended Life Drawing classes run by my local Adult Education Unit and really enjoyed this experience.

I visit galleries in London and have the Turner Contemporary, Jerwood Gallery and The Towner fairly close-by on the coast. I am interested in art of the 20th century and am open to all new experiences.