Monthly Archives: June 2012

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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