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Assessment time for me. I was asked to choose a simple subject and demonstrate some of what I’ve learnt about painting so far. I decided to do another painting on a dark background as I had loved the deep, moody effect that this had created in my last exercises and I was drawn to subjects in low light, such as those depicted in the chiaroscuro-style paintings I had looked at. I decided to try and capture this low-light, high contrast effect, but to introduce some colour, as I had mostly been doing monochrome work so far.


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Time for another painting update.  As ever I plod on with my studies. As the possibilities of actually achieving a degree in the timescale I’m allowed get less and less, I still find myself full of determination to keep going. I’ve realised that it is the development of my skill that matters most to me, so when I’m having a bit of a panic about how long it’s all taking and how hard it is to juggle the time pressures of everything else, I remind myself of that. I do love the learning of this. It provides such a lovely contrast to the intensity of work and life. Painting afternoons are like an oasis for me, full of mindful, moment-by-moment looking and experimentation and play. I’d never give that up. So I keep going.


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Brook Farm Retreat


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One of the principle techniques in painting that you need to master, I am learning, is how to gradually fade and blend paint. Easy, I thought.

I was so wrong there.


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It’s rather lovely for me to be updating here with art news. Forgive me a brief introduction and then I can get down to showing you what I’ve been working on.


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Hello there. I’ve finished! Can you believe it?! Only a year later than planned (gulp) but my Drawing 1 course is complete. Considering the physical obstacles it feels a big achievement. I’m so glad I stuck with it through everything.

For my final assignment, a portrait, I wanted to create a piece that demonstrated something of the style I have developed. Something relatively striking and strong, showing how I’ve learnt to use colour in my drawings. I also decided to do a self-portrait. Partly out of my difficulty in getting a model to sit, especially in the numerous little, short periods I have to work in, but also because it seemed a fitting way to end this course. The last two years have been SUCH a big learning curve for me, both in terms of coming to terms with physical restrictions and health issues, and in terms of developing my drawing skill. It’s been a real journey of personal growth, so a picture of myself, especially one with some poise and strength felt affirming.


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Moving forward with the colour experiments I started in the last art post, I decided to focus on more solid blocks of colour, continuing with pastels to start with but then moving onto ink sticks (which are much harder to control!). Again, I tried to focus on a sense of scene or a moment but concentrated much more on mood this time.

A girl with bright pink hair on a cold day provided inspiration for this one. I used soft pastels but tried to be MUCH more selective in my use of line, only really using it to define features and fabric. Experimenting with a background that gave the piece a sense of movement and direction was fun, trying to capture the grey day and the way it muted shapes and colours.


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