Friday, September 23, 2011

Printmaking - Screen printing - monoprint

I had some fun in printmaking yesterday. Had the time to do a screen print monoprint.

Painting - Impressionistic Landscape - Acrylic

Today we started work on an Impressionist inspired landscape. We had to start from a sketch or idea from our own  mind rather than from a photo. We have been learning about tertiary colours and colour mixing so this will be an experimental piece.

I'm quite happy with the way this has started out.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Trajectories Exhibition

Trajectories Exhibition
WSI Nepean has made an announcement regarding the opening of the Trajectories Exhibition, with a photo. If you'd like a peek at the works on display from the Certificate IV Visual Arts and Contemporary Crafts, please follow the link.

I'll post some more pics soon.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Drawing - Oil Pastels Triptych - Green/Red

I have had to do some reworking of this drawing at the teacher's suggestion.

She was unhappy with my Van Gogh inspired sky as it was sitting too flat in the drawing, and once again, I have to fit in with the project brief, which I am really finding quite restrictive in some areas, so have changed the sky. The process of working out how to turn the flat into something with depth is a learning experience too, so I shouldn't complain.

The light when I took this picture wasn't the best as it has put a bit too much light in the sky. I think the sky has a little more depth to it now and is not so flat, but it has lost some of the fun for me. Anyway, this is almost complete. I'll take it to class on Wednesday and see what the teacher makes of this version. Every chance she'll dislike this sky too.. I think I need to lighten the distant trees a little more to stop them pushing forward as much as they do. I'm pretty happy with the poppy field too now.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Ceramics - Slab Bowl - complete

The slab bowl was fired during the week and is now complete. I must say that I am not so happy with the outcome. It is not the glaze I would have chosen for this piece, but we had to use the glazes that were a part of the brief for this project.

Also, as we were a little rushed to glaze these, I didn't take as much time or give as much thought as I would have liked to to how to apply this glaze. The test pots we made didn't turn out right as the honey glaze was not mixed sufficiently to get the right colours. I would definitely have done something different with the turquoise glaze if I had had more time. But it is complete and fits the project brief... and I can remake one next year after finishing TAFE and get it exactly how I want it.

I must admit that I really liked this bowl, and now I don't so much.

Ceramics - Slab Sculpture Project (2)

I finished building the slab sculpture today. I had just enough time, after doing some preparation work for our exhibition, to put the base on.

Next week there will hopefully be time to start looking at glazes, but we also have the opening of our exhibition on the same day so we will lose some class time to preparing for that.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Oil pastel sketch - Ranunculus

Last night, I sat up in bed, watched an episode of Project Runway and sketched with oil pastels. I'm enjoying playing with these a lot more than I thought I would. Now that I am getting a feel for how they go onto the paper, it is fun to sketch.

This is from a picture I took in my garden a year or two ago. I've been wanting to draw it for a while.

The main flower is a little out of proportion but I am really happy with the way the colours came together. A few minor adjustments and it is finished.

The sketch is about 9" square, on Canson Mi-Teintes.

Trajectories - Exhibition 12 - 22 September 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Painting - Acrylics - My World

I spent an hour before going to school on this painting on Wednesday. I spent that time repainting the tablecloth. I think it is looking much better. Now I just have to redo the flowers and finish off some other small details.
I still think I need to put some shadowy details on the kitchen bench under the top cupboards, but I'll think on that some more.

Printmaking - Screen printing

Managed to get three more colours onto my paper stencil screen print today - only one more to go.
There will be a line of dark blue mountains and I'll use the same colour to mark in the small final marks such as the fish eyes and gills.

This has been a fun process but is quite time consuming.