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Assignment One

Assignment One (at last!) : Made objects OCA manual p 43 It has been 6 weeks since my last post because our house has been over-run with builders and there hasn’t been an inch of space or time to draw.  My … Continue reading

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Part 1 : Exercise – Enlarging an existing drawing

Enlarging an existing drawing (OCA p41) This exercise was harder than it looked but it’s a fantastic idea for future use so I can learn to draw complex shapes more accurately.  Hopefully I’ll get the stage where I have a … Continue reading

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Part 1: Exercises : Experimenting with Texture / Drawing with Textures

Experimenting with Texture On page 39 of the OCA manual I was asked to gather different textural objects and practice different ways of drawing texture, including the use of frottage.  My effort is below (fig 1)  I hesitated to start … Continue reading

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Part 1 : Exercise: Observing negative space and perspective.

OCA page 37  We were asked to draw only the top line of a set of objects from left to right.  Then to draw the bottom line, then fill in any missing outlines.  The purpose was to notice negative space.  … Continue reading

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Part 1 : STILL LIFE / Composition of natural objects

OCA p 36.   I found this exercise even harder than the last one but I discovered that the reason was that I hadn’t found a suitable composition that pleased me or one that had any message at first.  My initial … Continue reading

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Part 1 : STILL LIFE : Still life sketches of made objects

  OCA p 35:  For this exercise we were asked to create a still life composition from a small selection of themed objects, having first drawn thumbnail sketches. My first two sketches (fig 1):  In an A3 sketchpad, I used … Continue reading

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Research: Giorgio Morandi (OCA p33)

There is no doubt as to the talent of Giorgio Morandi.  His subtle use of colour and tone and his expert capturing of reflection, light and shade – but I find his work soulless. I know I have a lot … Continue reading

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EXERCISE: creating a Patrick Caulfield style drawing (OCA p32)

Research point: Like Giorgio Morandi, Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005) painted many still life objects, but there the resemblance ends.  Morandi painted in a realistic way where Caulfield portrays his objects as 2D.  Morandi used hatching, shading, reflections and shadows to great … Continue reading

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Part 1: 2 exercises : Reflected Light / Shadows and reflected light and shade

In this study I’m taking a closer look at reflected light bouncing from one shiny object to another (OCA p20).  In fig 1 I have sketched three objects.  The vase at the rear of the group is ceramic and there … Continue reading

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Extra-curricular activities, May / June listing

This addition to my learning log is to recall and comment upon those activities relating to art but not directly to the OCA course. Talks : Catrin Webster I’ve already added a short blog about Catrin Webster’s talk. TV : … Continue reading

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Part 1 : Odilon Redon research (OCA p29)

I find the work of Redon fascinating.  All those ghouls and monsters and long-leggedy beasties pouring forth from his imagination and then, later in life, a change of mood to the prettiness, colour and contentment of flowers.  What happened?  There … Continue reading

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Part 1 / Basic Shapes and Fundamental Form : Tone and Form / tonal studies

Tone and Form: This project on tone and form (OCA manual p 27) asks us to carefully note the different areas of light and shade and to study the gradations across the places of an object.  An exercise in “observing shadow … Continue reading

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Part 1 / Basic Shapes and Fundamental Form : 3 exercises

These first efforts are for the exercise ‘boxes and books’ (OCA manual p 24).  I’ve used a B pencil to outline and my first attempt is not as accurate as it could be but it was a really interesting way … Continue reading

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Part 1 / Mark Making / Research : Eric Ravilious

(OCA manual page 22) What a contrast of character Eric Ravilious would make if he had been alive at the same time as Van Gogh.  One of his friends from The Royal College of Art, Douglas Percy Bliss, once said he … Continue reading

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Part 1 / Making Marks / Research : Vincent Van Gogh

This exercise led me to look at the work of Van Gogh, or Vincent as he signed himself (OCA manual p22).  I found his drawings inspiring and his use of marks lyrical and expressive. I wanted to choose a drawing … Continue reading

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Part 1 – 3 exercises – Mark-making : charcoal : lines

(OCA manual pages 19, 20 and 21) The first challenge was to think up different ways of mark making / shading in each 5cm square.  I found this exercise a good way to improve my patience because any painting I … Continue reading

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Extra curricular : Art Talk by Catrin Webster

On Monday 28th May I attended an art talk by Catrin Webster, a Welsh artist who currently holds the post of lecturer in fine arts at Swansea Met.  She has exhibited and lectured widely, including at the Museum of Modern … Continue reading

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Part 1 / Mark making and tone : Doodling

(OCA manual p 18) My first doodles were completed on a sheet of A2 paper and, using different tools, I didn’t look to see what I was doing at all; just found a place to start the doodle and let … Continue reading

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Pt 1 / Mark making and tone : Making marks

  So, I’ve taken the plunge and made my first marks on paper (OCA manual page 16).  It’s odd to think that we make marks every day when we write, even adding an extra squiggle when we sign cards; or … Continue reading

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Post 1 / In the beginning … a blank page

So this is it.  My first blog post and the beginning of my learning log.  I have yet to pick up my pencil but have a planned session in the diary for tomorrow. I’m so looking forward to this learning … Continue reading

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