Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ceramics - Slab Bowl - WIP#2

Had to get down to the design work on the slab bowl today. Was feeling really blocked and couldn't come up with anything that I wanted to work on, so left the class and had a walk around to clear my head. Really glad I did that as I was able to come up with a design that I am really happy with, and went back into class and started building.

Here are the results so far...



There will also be hands on either side of the bowl towards the front with the fingers grasping the sides as if the woman is climbing out of the bowl. I have thought of calling it 'coming up for air' - but I'm still thinking about that.

Ceramics - Ritual Vessel - Finished

Last ceramics lesson I spent pretty much the whole three hours glazing my pot - and today it came out of the kiln.

I am really happy with the glaze I chose. I was unsure about it as the test tiles I did didn't turn out the way I had hoped, but luckily one of the women in the class had fired her pot the week before with the same glaze as this so was able to see the results with this glaze before using it.

Some really interesting colours have come out on the surface and it looks aged, which is how it is supposed to be.

Now I just have to work out where I am going to keep it for the next 4 months until assessment time.

Monday, July 18, 2011

First Spring (??) Flowers

It is still well and truly winter here, but the first of the Spring bulbs have bloomed.




And there are lots more buds almost ready to pop. Stay tuned for more pics as they bloom!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Portrait Workshop with Nafisa Naomi

Today I attended a portrait workshop at Sydney Art School in Baulkham Hills with Nafisa Naomi.

The workshop was actually a two day workshop but I was only able to attend one day. It would have been great to be able to go for both days, especially now I have seen the outcome from today, but I am really happy to have been able to go for the one.

Nafisa began with a demonstration of her technique for still life and then portrait, before she broke the class up into two groups, one working on a portrait from life and the other on a still life (we swapped after lunch, so we all had the opportunity to work with both set-ups).She believes that both have their tonal challenges and provide a good mix for the day.

I started on a portrait. I took copious notes during Nafisa's demonstration which were very helpful in working the way she suggested to get the drawing onto the paper in proportion and with correct tones. Nafisa spent time with each of us as we worked and provided great assistance in correct placement of features and how to work it out for ourselves when we go home and attempt portraits on our own.

Lunchtime came way too quickly.

This is the portrait I completed in the three hours we had...


I didn't get the time to add too much tone to the face, but I am happy with the proportions. Nafisa places a lot of emphasis on anatomy and she explained a lot about the anatomy of the face and eyes in particular, which was really useful.

After lunch, it was time for still life. The still life was a mix of reflective, non-reflective, ceramic, metal and paper items - to give us as much to challenge in the tonal drawing as possible. During her demonstration she showed us how she sets up a composition and how to begin sketching the drawing onto the page - so useful.


I'm very happy with this drawing and I received some nice feedback from Nafisa for this.

If I have to opportunity to do another course with Nafisa I will take it. She is a very thorough teacher and shares a lot of info with her students. She is very generous with her knowledge and skills. And I enjoy the atmosphere at Sydney Art School - a great place to go for courses. This is the third course I've done with them and I highly recommend them for classes.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

All quiet on the artistic front...

Having a quiet holiday, spending time reading up on subjects for an essay and a report due after I'm back at college, but otherwise just relaxing. At least, relaxing now the birthday party is over.

Here is a remnant from the party I thought I'd share - there has been some creative activity...
Some little girls had a lot of fun as part of a scavenger hunt. We are going to replace the external walls on this garage sometime soon, so thought this would be a fun activity. (To be honest I'd been thinking about painting something on these run down walls for a while, but this was much more fun to see). They had a blast. My daughter knows how to write too well.

And here is one very sleepy cat...

... all worn out after the party. He looks how I felt.