Exercise 1: View from a doorway

For this exercise I spent a great deal of time exploring different viewpoints for varying settings too. My search resulted in a view from a doorway and my decision to keep the content of the interior basic., enough to bring the story alive. However, not enough to take away the main focus of the painting. I chose to actually include the door frame and the main shapes, to draw the view in through the lines of the linear perspective. I wanted to visually take the viewer through the journey in to the garden.

Personally I wanted to create a peaceful mood and a relaxing atmosphere. I used a wash for many of the colours with acrylic in order to bring a similar result to my watercolour study. It created quite a romantic atmosphere. I explored the tonal range initially through my colour studies. This really helped when creating my final piece.

Initial sketches:

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Taking my chosen viewpoint further:

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Watercolour study:

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Acrylic painting A4:

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Reflecting on part 4 before moving on to assignment 4

I have to say that I am really surprised by how much I enjoyed this subject area. There are so many way that I am continuing to practice and explore in this area that I will continue to add to my learning log, especially in terms of leaves and trees and how to convey them through paint. I did prefer many of my watercolour paintings over the acrylic. This is something I am exploring greatly at the moment through my sketchbook. The bold brush marks appeal o me greatly through acrylic. However I find the watercolour translates what I want to say to a much greater degree. I will continue to experiment with this.

I am also really happy with how my studies and confidence with colour are going. This subject really allowed my to explore the complexity of changes within a single colour and how much of a variety of options I have available and should be exploring. I am excited to see where this takes me.

In my opinion a successful landscape can beautifully take your breath away. Nature at its finest and most pure, is stunning and to be able to capture and translate that breath of life and beauty is an incredible talent, one that I plan to practice and grow in a very personal way. I can take so much forward with me thanks to the knowledge that I have gained so far. Very exciting.

Exercise 3: Working from a photograph

I have to admit that working from a photograph really has it’s advantages. I discovered a lovely aesthetically pleasing landscape that was fairly balanced and included the main components that achieved a “typical” landscape. The mirrored water was achieved much greater in earlier sketches and my mini tester painting. The more that I spent time on this painting and even completed another second larger scaled one too, the more freedom that I discovered as I moved away from the original. I feel that the final painting moved away from the original, however, not too much that it lost why I loved it in the first place. I would say that the biggest changes were the colours used. They ended up being more of my own emotional expression, in comparison to the original.

I wasn’t as satisfied with it as I would of liked though. There was something missing that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. This is something I am going to personally explore.

Other possible subjects:

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Initial sketch, line and colour study for my chosen subject:

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Watercolour painting in my sketchbook:

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My A3 acrylic that I wasn’t happy with and decided to try again:

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My re-done final painting on A4:

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Exercise 1: Painting from a working drawing

For this exercise I used a familiar subject. Using the corner of a room with a very simple composition really allowed me to explore this exercise to its full potential. Stripping away the fuss and clutter and exploring the area with three drawings:

  • a linear study (main shapes)
  • tonal study
  • a colour study

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Creating a painting using these drawings around me, really worked. I used a canvas, still small in scale, however, larger than the drawings.

017 A water colour painting bringing together all of the techniques.

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  • The sketches definitely provided enough detail to complete the painting. If the subject had been more detailed, I question if this would of been the same.
  • Once being away from the subject (as you can see), I was definitely able to explore my own style and freedom. I explored researched work that I had undertaken on other artists work in this area and especially colours used. This is something that I have been exploring more and more so recently after recent tutor feedback. I am being braver in my colours with the more knowledge that I am gaining on the subject.
  • Out of all the interiors that I have painting, I preferred this one. This surprised me as it probably took me less time in comparison. However I was more confident in my colour choices, etc. The linear perspective worked well too.

This is definitely a method that I will exploit in my work in future.

Exercise 1: Painting a landscape outside

I was surprised by my subject for this exercise. I was originally planning a similar landscape to that of the natural landscape. However, whilst walking my dog, I came across a view that really conveyed a linear perspective and was really enjoyable to paint outside.

I am happy with the results of this painting. I am also happy with how successful the watercolour was in terms of adaptability and its ease in transporting it, etc. This is definitely something that I will be spending more time doing in the future.

I have to admit I was a little nervous about undertaking this challenge, however, I soon found a comfortable peace and enjoyment. This has definitely encouraged me to do this again as I was able to bring a lot more from the subject in comparison to a photograph to work from. It definitely encouraged me to bring out of the subject everything that I wanted as appose to copying or attempting to justify the intent of a photograph.

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I also spent some time working on some sketches for possible assignment subjects:

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I wanted to take this painting further for a possible assignment piece:

I completed a small canvas using acrylic:

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I colour pencil sketch looking at tone:

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Investigating the subject using acrylic on A3:

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Exercise 1: Expressive landscape

Initially my plans were to either use bright colours or cooler colours. However, I went further after spending time researching and found inspiration though sunset lit landscapes. The light through a sunset creates incredible mood and atmosphere. I wanted to explore how such incredible changes are created and what they can achieve.

I feel that the initial line drawings were more successful in terms of the mirrored image in the water. However, overall I am happy with what I achieved. Watercolour successfully created the illusions in the water quite beautifully.

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Exercise 2: Aerial perspective

For this exercise I reflected the aerial perspective using a very basic landscape composition that I researched for inspiration.

I explored three suggested ways of creating a illusion of receding space using my sketchbook:

Exploiting these three devices were all very effective in their own ways. I then went on to combine all three in order to see whether this was even more successful. I really liked the results and went on to explore this using watercolour, and later on a larger scale using acrylic. I preferred the results of the watercolour. However, I also favoured the mountains of the acrylic in comparison to the watercolour as I chose to separate them with tonal changes even further.

This is a perspective that I wasn’t really in a practice of using. However its a really successful approach to depth.

012 Initial sketches as discussed above.

011 Watercolour painting using all techniques listed above.

DSC_0264 Acrylic painting, following the watercolour study.