Month: November 2016

Art course self portrait

I’ve been attending an art course in Chelsea on watercolours. I attempted a self portrait and have been reticent to show it but I suppose this blog is about my art journey…

I didn’t want a normal straight on view. So I tried an off the shoulder number …

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Self portrait

All a bit odd really!

I’ve worked on another version. I’m getting closer but not quite there yet…

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Self portrait

 

Bournemouth Weekend

I visited Bournemouth last weekend for a mini-Tango break. We had glorious weather and a very chilled weekend dancing and learning. The hotel was very basic but that didn’t matter as we met up with lovely people and had a great time dancing.

I managed to get some sketching in both mornings. I woke early and managed to sketch the pier and beach before breakfast. During the afternoon we walked the promenade and I sketched a view of the beach. It was wonderful to see the beach being used in October and there were loads of people making the most of the Autumn sun.

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Bournemouth Beach, Line and  wash

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Bournemouth Pier

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Bournemouth promenade, in the early morning sun

 

Art Course Work

I’ve been working on more still life at the¬†art college but we have also moved on to landscapes, working from photographs. Slowly the tutor is understanding how I work and what I’m looking to improve. Attending the college provides me with ‘my art time’ and makes me focus on what I want to challenge myself with. Every Thursday is hard work and it takes me a day to recover from the concentration.

The source of inspiration for my landscape paintings have been the walks with Molly. I take a camera with me and I snap away at things that take my attention. However, I’m a really bad photographer and the camera doesn’t really take photos of the views I’m seeing. So a better camera is on the Christmas list.

Below are the paintings I’ve produced in class. They are a mixed bunch but it’s the methods and experiments that I’m learning that are really important.

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Yew Tree Farm, Polesden Lacey

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Cottage, Headley

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Still Life, Jug, Hare and bowl with dried flowers (unfinished)

Next week, self portraits…

Finally I sold a painting at my Art Clubs’ exhibition. It was the Venice Triptych! Yeh…

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