Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Image of the Week: Balloons!


Creative Process:

Whilst it is fairly simple to draw an oval shape - an upside down egg - it is less simple to ensure that you include shadows of light.  I used a pencil to draw the oval shapes and an arc shape for the shadow areas.  It was fun to draw this image.

I used the reference photo below from a google search:



 Here is the framed version, which I gave to a friend of mine for his 75th birthday:


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Image of the Week: Apples


Creative Process:

The magic of burnishing.  

Having signed up to a Udemy Coloured Pencil Drawing Course, I watched a fascinating video on The Magic of Burnishing.  Burnished areas can be created by layering with white, layering with a colourless blender and layering with another light colour.

In the case of my still life apples drawing, I started with a light layer of red leaving a few spaces for the core and for the yellow colouring. Then I applied a heavier layer of red and then used a burnisher pencil which magically produced an image of realistic shiny apples!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Image of the Week: 'Love Yourself'


It was my granddaughter's 8th birthday in August, so I chose to draw this piece as a gift for her.

Creative Process:

The image was captivating and kept making me smile thinking of my granddaughter, which added a lot of fun to the drawing process.

I chose a grid method, which although time consuming and meticulous, really helped me see the piece in small inch segments.

I changed a few things - the wall was a murky dull colour so I chose yellow to brighten it up, and the white fluffy carpet works well in pink I think! 

Here is the reference image:

Image: 'Love Yourself '- Multicultural Art on Facebook


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Image of the Week: Woman in Yellow Dress

Creative Process:

This striking image caught my attention immediately. The vibrant colours; the straw hat, scarf and the beautiful yellow dress!  Loving the image enhanced the whole drawing process, especially after applying many blended layers to get the darkest blue section 'right'. Tricky bit - the colour black.  I've since learned to create natural blacks by using a dark brown and a dark blue as black tends to look flat.  I decided to put this in a frame, which is now sitting on my front room's mantelpiece.

Here is the reference image from Multicultural Art on FaceBook:

I am calm...I am relaxed...I breathe deeply...I am at peace with myself...
I am at peace with the world...I can laugh...I can love...I am loved...
Life is good...I am truly grateful... Michaelann Smith

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Tate Modern and The National Gallery

View from the Cafe at the Tate Modern
On Saturday 29th August, as part of a *City Slickers' social event, a group (6) of us went to the Tate Modern based in the former Bankside Power Station, London and to the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square.  Tate Modern is a modern art gallery and Britain's national gallery of international modern art.  The Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art.  

At the Tate there were numerous exhibitions: 'Poetry and Dream' featured a large central room dedicated to Surrealism, while the surrounding rooms featured works by artists influenced by Surrealism and its methods.  'Energy and Process' was both challenging and controversial, particularly one room, which displayed three large canvasses that had red paint thrown at them! Is that really art I wondered!

The National Gallery was where I viewed magnificent works by the movers and shakers. There was no doubt in my mind that here was one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world, ranging from the Middle Ages to the first decade of the twentieth century. Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' (1888) was the most popular, judging by the sheer numbers of young tourists crowded in front of the painting all eagerly taking photos.  I had to jostle my way through the crowd so as to get a couple of photos for myself!

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' (1888) at The National Gallery
The National Gallery far outweighed my expectations. I ended up buying a National Gallery Souvenir Book plus '...isms Understanding Art' by Stephen Little, which will be a handy guide to a wide range of art 'isms' which have formed the history of Western art from the early Renaissance to the present day.

...isms Understanding Art by Stephen Little (Bloomsbury, Publ 2014)
I thoroughly enjoyed this cultural and artistic treat as I'd never been to either of these galleries  before.  Next trip is the Serpentine Gallery.

*City Slickers is a social group for people from different walks of life based in Wellingborough who every 4-6 weeks make a point of going somewhere a bit special with members and friends usually in London, Birmingham, Oxfordshire...well wherever there is an event that we want to see/do.

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© Wadsworth Jarrell 'Revolutionary 1972' Private Collection On Saturday 22nd July, I took my family to the Tate Modern to see  ...