I had the pleasure of drawing with friends & colleagues last Saturday, 11 November.
Examples a couple of my pieces are below.
These were made using water soluble, blue charcoal. The first with white added & blended and the second (last image) using water & then working into it again using the colour. I worked with an eraser too, on both, which allowed me to build up the layers.
Great fun - the day flew by. Apologies to Curious Minds for the mess - I think we managed to clean it all - and many thanks to Bernie for organising the day.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017
We looked at the work of Piet Mondrian & Mark Rothko; their interest in spirituality and their use of colour. We reminded ourselves of the colour wheel and the solar spectrum then...
create a grid on A4 paper
fill selected squares / rectangles with mini colour fields
if necessary, re-draw the vertical & horizontal lines
Well done everyone particularly Stuart who was outside his comfort zone & Monica who was this weeks star
Next week, we'll tackle something more figurative.
|Monica 2 ⭐|
Thursday, 9 November 2017
We started by reminding ourselves of the colour wheel and different approaches to mixing colour using coloured pencils. Then we looked at the solar spectrum and its relationship to music and sound.
Using prepared A4 paper that had sheet music added
draw a musical instrument from the still life
add colour to depict the sound the instrument makes
Some finished pieces were then cropped using my magic corners.
The fab results follow...
Thursday, 2 November 2017
Still working with colour, we looked at using a printed image from a magazine and adding a contrasting border to contain it. Our interest was primarily with colour although surface pattern and perspective slipped into the work made.
As the drawings progressed, individuals styles started to emerge which always makes me happy.
Well done everyone! If I was going to have a star
baker student this week, it would be Stuart who had begun to be more adventurous - brill.
Next week, we work on the paper we prepared this week. I'll have spares too, if anyone would like to join us. Space is limited so please email me.
Friday, 13 October 2017
This week we continued experimenting with colour, this time working with watercolour paints. By not using one primary colour, in this instance red, a more harmonious image can be produced.
Most of the group were newcomers to using this media which is notoriously difficult but you wouldn't guess that from the results.
Well done everyone!
[Thank you Angie for taking the photos. x]
We have a break now to enable children staying at the St Ives Hotel to use where we meet.
We're back on 2 November then each Thursday 11 - 12.30 until & including 7 December.
Friday, 6 October 2017
Following on from last time, we had a look at complimentary colours: the colours opposite each other on a colour wheel.
When made by mixing the adjacent colours together, a more genuine and sympathetic complimentary colour emerges. An orange, green or purple taken directly from the pallet is sometimes a brighter and often more distorted version of the true complimentary colour of the wheel. [This has its own uses but not for us today.]
Dorothy began by putting red as a base for the green hat. Unknowingly, Dorothy was using a technique many artist use to give their work vibrancy. Excellent!
This was an exceptional session - well done everyone!
Complimentary colours can make effective shadows as demonstrated by the Impressionists and by mixing the complimentary colour, its effect can be more easily manipulated. For example; a purple can be made more blue or more red by using the same two colours but in different quantities.
So - the task...
Working from the still-life, explore how complimentary colours work.
The outline of the drawings were made in pencil then artist quality colour pencils were used to bring out the colour.
I've commented under some of the pieces which follow.
Notice individual styles are showing - which is very exciting for me!
I think this is self explanatory. Usual I would demonstrate as the session progresses which enables me to tailor my responses to individual needs but I knew drawing the colour wheels etc would take up too much time and decided to make use of getting up early to play.
The Womble's fur is definitely an example of less is more. Brilliant!
Thursday, 21 September 2017
1. Create a colour wheel
select primary colours then blur the boundaries to create secondary colours
2. sketch still-life using pencil, add colour that has been mixed rather than direct from the pan & if necessary work into painting using ink or pencil
The work made was approx A4.
Lovely results - well done everyone!
Friday, 15 September 2017
We're staying at the St Ives Hotel until and including 7 December - Hoorah!
Apparently St Annes Library will be closed at least until the end of the year but our new friends at the St Ives Hotel have come to the rescue. We will keep the week after next as a break and will take a break over half term when the hotel uses our room for children's activities. So...
Art Circle next week, 21 September
No Art Circle 28 September
Art Circle 5 & 12 October
No Art Circle 19 & 26 October
Art Circle 2 November until 7 December inclusive.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Using masking tape, place the structure of the drawing (composition) onto the paper.
Using compressed charcoal and utilising charcoal's unique qualities draw the swimming pool.
Remove the masking tape and work into the masked areas if required.
This was very experimental. Firstly, the pool was viewed through a window which made the foreground an additional consideration and secondly the pool and its surrounds created an almost clinical setting which made the tonal values very important. Plus, we used large paper.
Not an easy task. In fact, I think I heard some huffing & puffing but... the results were brilliant!