Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World

I've been working on this painting again today, whilst looking after my daughter who is home with a temperature - poor kid.

This is feeling like the never-ending painting right now. Still more to go. Will post again once more work done.

There's a Pelican in my garden

Last year I went to a pottery workshop and created a pelican. After much nursing along, he was given his final firing a few weeks ago, and he made it home to my garden this weekend. Woo hoo!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World

I have had a good day and a bit of a frustrating day today. This morning I photographed a whole lot of work that I hadn't had the chance to do for a while, did some washing, updated my blog, and then went shopping for some essentials (and non-essentials!). I even bought a new desk chair as my old one has fallen apart. But... I was also supposed to get on with work on my acrylic painting.

I think I am procrastinating as I am still not really confident in this medium yet. I finally started at about 2pm. I mixed a palette of burnt sienna and raw sienna in different hues and tones, and then had to scrap the lot as not one of them worked. Aaargh!

Anyway, I persevered and got a bit done but not as much as I would have liked. Here is the progress...
I have blocked in the extra items on the buffet that need to be painted in, I have put another coat of colour on the buffet, I painted a glaze over the wall in the kitchen area below the cabinets, and basically mucked around with mixing colours. I did ghost in some of the things on the high shelves in the kitchen cabinet - I really like how they turned out. Hopefully I will get more done on Tuesday when I have time to get back to this again.


For some reason I haven't caught up on all the prints I have completed in Printmaking so far this year. So this post will be a catch up of images.

 'Roller Coaster'
This was the second lino cut print I created. I was lucky enough to get two prints done for the lino cut project.

Reduction Lino

We then moved onto Collagraphs - images cut out of mat board.



(the next three versions were experimentation with colour and combinations of the plate)




Screen Printing
First week of screen printing we just played with printing one colour onto butchers paper to get a feel for screen printing. As the class progressed we were able to play with colour, which I did.

The following week we worked on collages to prepare for a paper stencil screen print, which we started printing last week. My print will be a four colour print. The following is the first two colours complete.

A slightly surreal image I am calling 'Treading Water'.

I'll post the final screen print once completed - hopefully in class this week. If I get through this quickly I may be able to print onto a T-shirt as well, which would be great fun.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Drawing - Oil Pastels Landscape triptych - Green/Red

After a nice morning out at the Penrith Regional Gallery with my daughter, I came home and couldn't help but do a bit more work on the Green/Red landscape. I am paying for it now as my shoulder has decided that I shouldn't do anymore art today. First time in ages that my joints have let me know they have had enough.

I have had so much fun with this. I hate having to stop. But I'd better stop now rather than be forced to stop completely and not be able to move later. *grin*

 I'll finish this in class on Wednesday I hope, and will leave it alone until then.

Flowers in the Garden (5)

It is really foggy here this morning. It is after 10am and it still hasn't cleared, but the light was great for taking a few photos.

Have a great day!

Art in the early morning - Drawing with Oil Pastels

For some reason I have been waking up way too early in the morning the last few days - but I am not going to complain. I have had the most fun. Everyone else was asleep, except the cats, but they soon snacked and dozed off again. I set myself up at my easel and got out the oil pastels to continue working on my current class project - complimentary opposite landscape triptych.

This morning, I pretty much finished the purple/yellow one. I'll take it to class this week and my teacher will soon spot anything else I need to do, but I think it is pretty much done.

And I started on the green/red landscape as well...

I have decided to do something a little different with this one, a little Van Gogh-esque.  It is a lot of fun this making marks with oil pastels. I am still surprised by how much I am enjoying it and how freeing it is to just put marks on the paper. Sure, I still need to have an idea of where to put what colour, but these three works are coming together really well for me. With the green/red, I love the way the sky and trees seem to loom over the rest of the landscape. I'll be interested to see if it still does that once the foreground colours are in. There will be a field of red poppies in the foreground, so I can't wait to see how that looks.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World - reworked #2

Today in painting I continued to work on the re-worked version of my My World project. My teacher is very happy with the new direction and also feels that the space is working much better in this cropped new work.

I feel like I haven't accomplished much with this today as I was only working on the background - a lot of grey/green tones. I have also marked in where a few other objects will go. This weekend I have to get to work on this as I would like to include this in the exhibition if I can get it completed by end of next Friday. So I need to add in the extra items, re work the buffet, finish the tablecloth and items on the table, and add some more solid colour onto the flowers, balloons and fruit. *deep breath* Lots to do, lots of paint to play with, lots of fun really, so I can't complain.

Drawing - Oil Pastels Landscape triptych

I have completed the first work of this triptych. Very happy with it. It is funny how I don't really like the Fauvist style, yet I am really enjoying creating these landscapes.

 Orange/Blue landscape

We have an exhibition coming up for the students of the Cert IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts. This is the work that has been selected to go in for my entry from Drawing class.  This is just under A1 size on orange Canson Mi-Teintes.

As you can see form this first landscape I am drawing fields of flowers for my triptych. The second one I have started is the Purple/Yellow combination.

This is not completed yet, as I still have to get a bit more depth to the field and a bit more colour into the background. It is a bit harder working on the purple paper. I had to lay in white under the yellows so that they would show up better.  Only using the purple and yellow tones make this one rather surreal landscape, but I like it still.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Flowers in the Garden (4)

A few new pics from the garden today, even though it was overcast. Didn't stay outside long - too cold.

Painting - Acrylics - My World - reworked

Today I decided to start again with my painting. I have been feeling stuck, unsure of how to go on with the other one, I think because of the framework (architrave) around the top edge of the picture almost a frame within the picture. So, I had another large canvas already gessoed, and looked at my original picture and cropped it and got stuck in again. Here is how it looks so far.

I am so much happier with this crop. The picture is much more intimate, the viewer able to feel like someone has just stepped out of the picture.

I seem to be in a reworking frame of mind this weekend having redone my oil pastel landscape as well. But I am glad I was able to see that I needed to redo these. I am feeling much happier about working on this now and have progressed further than I had on the original painting.  (I am not giving up completely on that painting - I will continue to work on it at the same time as this one. I'm mixing colours for one, I may as well use it on the other as well.) 

Here is the old version with some minor additions...

I am actually feeling excited to work on this one now. I certainly wasn't feeling that way about the first version. And I would have loved to say thank you to Margaret Olley, who recently passed away, whose work helped me to see what I needed to do with this.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Drawing - Oil Pastels Landscape triptych - Complementary opposite colours

Our latest project for drawing is once again in oil pastels but this time we are working in complementary opposites in Fauvist style. Each landscape will be around A1 size (or a whole sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes, for example). One landscape will be in Blue/Orange (on orange paper), Yellow/Purple (on purple paper) and Red/Green (on green paper).

Choosing the landscapes to use was difficult. The teacher said to look for pictures that have the complementary opposite colours already in them, so I spent quite a bit of time trawling the internet for examples, looking through calendars, etc, etc, finally finding one red/green picture that I really liked. Now, because it is a triptych each picture has to relate to another, the main thing in the picture I loved was a stairway in a garden. Now that is not really a landscape but I loved that picture and wanted to do it, so I had to find two other pictures that included outdoor steps. I found them, but I still wasn't happy. I started working on one of them - the Blue/Orange combination - and spent about an hour in class working on it.

As you can see I had completed a fair amount of it in the time in class, but I still wasn't sure. During class last week, our usual teacher was away and she has quite definite ideas about what a landscape is, and I am pretty sure this really doesn't fit the bill. I like it, and I will probably finish it as well, but I decided this morning, just before starting to work on it, to start again.

And luckily, the three pictures came together reasonably quickly. I already had one of them in the photos I had previously collected.

So this is the Blue/Orange landscape I chose instead. I have used mostly blue and orange oil pastels. The only inclusion that sort of creeps out of the bracket is a dark pink. All the greens are a combination of blue and orange, which has worked really well. I still have quite a bit to do to this, but I'm much happier working on this one for this project.

But I will complete the stair case pictures. I want to see where they go - lol

Friday, August 19, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World - WIP#2

I can't believe I spent most of 3 hours painting a tablecloth!   But it was worth it. It still needs a bit more work, particularly where the front edge drops to dark shadow, but that can be done.

I'll have to get to work on this during the week as we are supposed to be finishing this at the end of next class.

I think I am going to have to look at some more Margaret Olley paintings. I really like her style for domestic interiors and it is looking like mine is going in that direction. But that is not a bad thing - her paintings are beautiful. If I can achieve even half of what her work looks like, I'll be happy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ceramics - Slab Sculpture Project

The next project in Ceramics is a textured slab sculpture, based on architectural forms. Some of the examples we were shown were fairly rigid, without organic shapes. I prefer something with a bit of fluidity to it so came up with a design that my instructor is happy with.

 Firstly we had to make the model with cardboard, so we can build the sculpture around it. Luckily I had some lovely yellow cardboard lying around at home and played with that until I got the shape right. In class, after playing with some test tiles (working out the textures I would like to use on the sculpture), I decided to build a small scale version of the piece.

I had a lot of fun working out the textures I like. Some of the things I used were paper twine, foam beads, corrugated cardboard, hand made paper (heavyweight), bandages, leaves, hand-knitted dishcloth and ribbon. I even had a go at weaving to create some different textural patterns - that worked really well.

Next Wednesday, I start to build this, rolling the slabs and adding texture before cutting out the pieces I need to create my shape. I'm looking forward to this.

My husband said this looks like an Easter Island statue - that wasn't the inspiration for this!

Pottery - Handbag vase - completed

Back in February, I posted a blog entry about creating a handbag vase. Well, it is now finished. Starting at TAFE delayed the completion as I had to find time to glaze it and take it to BACG for firing, but I finally did it.

The colours are a little brighter than in this picture as the light washed out the pink a bit.

I love the green that peeks out of the inside of the vase and the pocket, that has worked really well. I like that the glaze is not a solid colour, that there is a wash effect - that worked pretty much how I wanted it too.

I'm going to make a few more of these, experimenting a bit more with shapes and colours.

Now to find a posy of flowers to put in it.

Excursion time - Pre-Raphaelites at the Art Gallery of NSW

Another day in the city today to visit the Art gallery of NSW, one of my favourite places in Sydney. This time it was to see the drawings and watercolours on loan from England of the Pre-Raphaelites.

The drawings were beautiful, and we were also able to compare the original drawings to a couple of the completed paintings, which really gave an insight into the artistic process of these very talented artists.

Chaucer at the Court of Edward III (1847-51) by Ford Madox Brown is owned and displayed by the Art Gallery. We were lucky enough to see some of the initial drawings for this work, the first time the drawings and final work have ever been on display in the same gallery.

The following two pictures of some of the detail in the painting - absolutely amazing. 

There is also a small selection of Margaret Olley works on display, which were lovely to see. I hadn't seen any of her works up close before. I hope there will be a bigger exhibition of her work at some stage - I'd love to see that.

Ranunculus and Pears (2004) by Margaret Olley (photo from the Art Gallery of NSW)

I loved the Ranunculus in this one. Her domestic interiors are beautiful.

I also got to see this painting by Lucien Henry. I discovered his work whilst browsing the TAFE library. I was so pleased to see this painting in real life rather than just in a book.

And it is fun just to wander around the Art Gallery and find new areas and nooks and crannies you didn't know were there. Here is our very own 'Hogwarts' staircase, which leads down to the Research library.

I love the architecture of the Gallery... the mix of old and new, but especially the old.

And on the way back to the train, Hyde Park was putting on a lovely spring show...

So much colour in my day today. Should be more of it!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Flowers in the Garden (3)

Anyone would think it was already Spring the way these flowers are blooming!


I have realised that I haven't shared any of my photographs on my blog. We have mostly been working in the darkroom to date, with some use of digital. The projects we have worked on have been about light and shade, space, and currently we are looking at time.

I'm really enjoying the darkroom work. We played with sepia toning and bleaching the other day and also negative sandwiches, which I enjoyed the most of the three. The possibilities of what you can create are endless.

So here is one of my images...

I need to get some more printing done as scanning from the prints is better quality than from the negative scanner I have.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Drawing - Oil Pastels Still Life - Completed

The still life triptych is finished. Spent a little time in class yesterday darkening areas and lightening others just to finish it off.

I took the photo in class - no tripod so of course can't stop the curving of the image - oh well, I'll have to take a better one at home, but wanted to share the finished piece.