Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Drawing Class 1

I was really looking forward to today's Life Drawing Class, but unfortunately we were sorely disappointed as the life model didn't turn up!   However, our lecturer Chris organised the lesson around drawing an A1 figure from an A4 drawing.

I really enjoyed this session and although my drawing was not finished, I thought I would still show it.

I have put this drawing in the drawer ready to form part of my life drawing portfolio.

I'm looking forward to next week, which will hopefully be a life drawing class.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Somerset Art Weeks 2011

I always look forward to September as 'Somerset Art Weeks' are on; it aims to highlight the enormous variety of talented and creative visual artists working across the county.  Somerset Art Week (SAW for short) runs from the 17th September until 2nd October 2011.

We went to four venues today; 26 - Hurst Barton Workshops, 27 - Five at the Forge, 28 - SAW Projects Cranes at Muchelney Abbey and 29 - Muchelney Abbey.

There was such a variety of creative arts to see;

Emily Colenso with charcoal/mixed media drawings
Will Shakspeare - one of the country's best known glass makers.
Carole McKenzie  with worked produced in response to the ancient abbey.
Mary Vanderplank with pictures in various mediums demonstrating an ongoing theme of shadows and reflections.
Andrea Clark with charcoal/pastel drawings, etchings and paintings.
Ann Fagan - linocuts and etchings.
Judith May - mosaicist.
Justin Orwin - photography.
Tom Clark - stone carving.
Nick Ostroumoff - blacksmithing bold decorative forged architectural ironwork.
Julia Thompson - silversmith
Nick Durnan - mathematical artist
Jane Mowat - woodcarvings and prints
Corinne Short - figurative oil paintains.

There is some really exceptional work to be seen but one of my favourites has to be the Cranes at Mulchelney Abbey which had been decorated by children and here are a couple having a chat!

Click:   The Great Crane Project to go to the website for more information.  It's definitely worth a visit!

Friday, September 16, 2011

On days like this.....

.. it's hard to stay indoors, and that's where I have been for most of the day.  The Art course has started and we have just completed our first assignment; A Cardboard Puppet Show.  It was a great day, in fact it had all the excitement of anticipating the show at a real circus. The show went well and we were pleased with our puppet.  I'll set up a page with all the details at some point for those of you that would like to know how much fun you can have with a few boxes of cardboard!

This is Coco the Clown (not very inventive I know, but when your focus is having a fully operational cardboard puppet of approximately 1 metre high) the name didn't get that much attention.

One of this terms workshops is Photography and as you know I'm very rarely on a walk without a camera in my hand.  Although I am sad to say that on Wednesday morning I missed a fantastic photo opportunity as it was a clear sky overnight and we have a beautiful frost.  So much so, that the cobwebs were highlighted beautifully against the dark stems of the pea plants.  (You would have thought I would have learnt that lesson some time ago.)  However, the challenge for this workshop is to produce a number of prints from a NON DIGITAL (yes, you read correctly) SLR camera using Black and White Film.  So, this afternoon on my return from college, I have been out experimenting.  The theme for the assignment is Light and Shadow and as today was such a sunny day, I thought I would catch the last of the sun before it began to set. 

I have been experimenting using my digital camera and I have slightly altered these photos by adding some sharpness and contrast to see the results.  I have chosen 'architectural' as my subject which I am interpreting as buildings, walls, doors windows, but my tutor has cautioned my about reproducing a National Trust calendar!!  

The great thing about this workshop is that we will be using the dark room to develop, can't wait for this, something I have wanted to do for a long time.

So, here are my experiments of the day.  

Hopefully we will have a few more days like this before the autumn finally sets in.  However, now I am off for a well earned glass of wine and to cook the dinner!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On days like this ....

Lunns Wood

I took a walk with Mr P to Lunn's Wood today in search of feathers.  The Buzzard flew around the wood annoying the other birds - crows and wood pigeons flying away in search of other shelter.  It was a beautiful day today but alas my journey was not very rewarding as I only found pigeon and crow feathers. 

I followed this "Small Copper" butterfly for a while waiting for it to take a rest so that I could grab a photo.

Small Copper Butterfly

The hedges are full of blackberries ready to be picked. I must get some apples off the tree in our garden and bake and apple and blackberry crumble.

On days like this, I could spend all my time wandering through the countryside.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Altered Art Book

Here is the final piece being constructed. I hope you like it! I learnt a lot in the process of making this, from cutting the paper to the correct glue to use.  The flowers were tricky in places, but lots of experimenting brought about the results I was looking for.

Your feedback is most welcome on how you see it, what you like and don't like about it.  Feel free to comment.  (Thank you if you take the time to leave a comment).

PS. Remind me not to put together any videos any more... they take ages and I couldn't make my mind up about the music.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Initial Composition

Here is a maquette of my Altered Art Book sculpture.  I played around a bit and this is the final draft.

Next step us to transfer the finished sculpture to the book.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What is in the Bottle?

Jackie Morris (Artist) has posted a blog asking the question above - What is in the Bottle?

Here is a link to her blog post ... why don't you have a go.  There is only a couple of days left, so you'll need to be quick.

I think the bottle holds the spirit of adventure given to Jackie by all the animals she has drawn and painted over the years.  It gives Jackie her own sense of adventure as she writes and paints the next story that has come to her in her dreams.