Category Archives: Sketchbook 1

Exploring one subject in various ways; Sketchbook 1; 64-65

In this exercise the theme is Lime Avenue at Kenwood House. The first image was taken in October last year, whilst the other images are more recent, taken at different times of day. Starting with sketches in sketchbook.

Pen and watercolour on sketchbook_ 22 April 2015_ 9 x 13 cm

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Pen, watercolour and gouache on sketchbook_23 April 2015_ 9 x 13 cm

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Watercolour, gouache and charcoal on sketchbook_23 April 2015_ 9 x 13 cm

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Pen, watercolour, oil pastel and charcoal on sketchbook_ 25 April 2015_ 9 x 13 cm

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Drawing on a coloured ground; Sketchbook 1; 57-59

These are two exercises to make us consider carefully the colour temperature. We seem to be given free rein about what medium to use, as well as watercolour: gouache, oil pastel, pencil, charcoal etc.

1.) The first is on a warm coloured background. I have chosen yellow ochre and am doing a sketch first although the course does not require it.

This is a painting of a small terracotta sculpture. Watercolour on sketchbook _ 17 April 2015 21 x 29.7 cm (paper)

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Watercolour on paper_ 18 April 2015_ 29.7 x 42 cm

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2.) The second exercise is a ‘cool’ colour background . I have used Payne’s Grey and the image of ‘Two Piece Reclining Figure 5’ by Henry Moore, which is sited in the grounds of Kenwood House. First a sketch using oil pastels.  Watercolour and oil pastel on sketchbook_ 19 April 2015_ 29.7 x 21 cm (paper)

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Watercolour and gouache on paper_ 19 April 2015_ 42 x 29.7 cm

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Note: I am asked to notice the difference that working on a warm and a cool tonal background has. I liked that it made me concentrate on the lights and darks more than I do normally, but for me that was the same whether I worked with warm or cool colours.

Tonal studies made on a coloured ground; Sketchbook 1; 55-56

The course is gradually guiding us towards abstraction.

The origin of the word ABSTRACT is Latin, namely ab: from + trahere: to draw. The word has many meanings for the various uses, as indeed the verb to draw has many meanings, but for the purposes of this course I think the relevant one is ” of art that seeks to make an effect through form and colour alone”.

We are asked to paint the background different colours. Starting with sketches in the sketchbook. I struggled with the first image which was all various hues of reds and greens. The paint seemed to float on top of the green background and nothing stayed the same colour. Even white became green again as soon as it dried.

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I decided to try a different image and that seems to be easier. Watercolour on sketchbook _ 16 April 2015 _ 29.7 x 21 cm (paper size).

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Watercolour on paper _ 16 April 2015 _  42 x 29.7cm

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