Assignment 5 – Criteria Review

Demonstration of visual skills: Materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills Materials and Techniques – I have attempted to bring in as many techniques and materials as possible with this assignment to give me the broadest range of outcomes to develop.  I have experimented with humbrol, monotypes, oils, watercolour, drawing, etching and animation…

Assignment 5

My intention for this assignment was to explore process and visual language.  It  gave me an element of freedom to explore ideas in a more light-hearted manner and I chose to incorporate some satirical humour into the reflection of my environment.  I wanted to poke fun at myself and what I see as the generic…

Part 5 – Essay

Research project into the historical and contemporary use of oil paints looking at Francisco de Goya and Luc Tuymans. The heart of my creative practice lies within expressing darkness so the key areas that I have focussed on in Tuymans’ and Goya’s work are 1) light, 2) truth and 3) horror. Light – Tuymans’ use of…

Gillian Carnegie – 8 Paintings. Cabinet Gallery

This exhibition was long awaited for me – I have found it difficult to find many reference to Gillian Carnegie’s work online and was really keen to see her work up close. This blog is password protected as I obviously do not have permission to publish these images.  I have written this as notes for…

Oil Painting

I am very much interested in oil paints, I enjoy using them and exploring what they have to offer.  However, I am also now aware of the impossibility of getting to know oils as a new medium with any speed.  I had not realised that I would not find the transition from acrylics to oils…

Mixing Blacks

I have started a number of experiments mixing my own blacks as directed by my tutor.  I have also looked online for various other colour combinations to try out.  It has been an exciting experience for me. Suddenly the option of monotone has expanded hugely – the blacks and greys I have been mixing are…

Reworking of Assignment 4 pieces

I have been advised to rework an assignment piece and have not yet done so. The reason for this is largely down to time and the fact that I have hit a wall with my learning about oil paints and lost a lot of confidence along the way.  I am beginning to understand more about…

Goya – The Black Paintings (May 2017)

It is interesting to reflect that I have come full circle during UPM.  At the end of Part 2 my tutor indicated that I should study Goya’s black paintings and his etchings because I was obviously drawn to exploring the darker elements of humanity.  I chose to reject pursuing that path for parts 3 and…

Video/Lecture Artist Research

Having watched the videos suggested by Cheryl I have noted down quotes that really resonated for me.  I have also made some notes to remind myself of processes that may be of interest. Julie Mehretu Mural Julie Mehretu: “Mural”/Art 21 “Exclusive” “From a distance you have one experience, close up you have another but they…