Art · children's art · drawing · Matisse · Tips · Uncategorized

You would be better off drawing with your eyes closed

The tittle refers to a challenge that I set for children as a way for them to relax and remove any feelings of fear they may have when embarking on a new art project. This challenge works for children and adults alike. This challenge is part of a larger project which I will post about… Continue reading You would be better off drawing with your eyes closed

Art · draughtsmanship · drawing · Paula Rego · Sculpture · Uncategorized

If you are sitting comfortably then I’ll begin….

Every piece should of art should tell a story, how you create that narrative is as much part of the piece of art as the finished piece. For the final piece of ‘my’ course Painting into sculpture, we were asked to study and take our inspiration from the artist Paula Rego. As well as her… Continue reading If you are sitting comfortably then I’ll begin….

Art · Giacometti · Portraits · Sculpture · Uncategorized

How to create a Giacometti inspired sculpture

As part of my current course called’ Painting into sculpture’with The Royal drawing school at their west London studio our marvellous tutor Marcus asked ask to create a Giacometti inspired portrait head. He showed us an excellent technique and method that I would like to share with you. First he took profile photos of our… Continue reading How to create a Giacometti inspired sculpture

Art · Elements of drawing · Hobbema · Uncategorized

Straight to the point!

I can think of no better painting than Hobbema’s  the Avenue at Middelharnis  (1689 National Gallery London)  to start  unravelling the mysteries of the vanishing point.  The painting is conveniently marked out in a grid board of shapes.Sitting in front of the painting I started with the central triangle that runs through the middle to… Continue reading Straight to the point!

Art · draughtsmanship · drawing · painting · Portraits · Sculpture · Uncategorized

Space the final frontier

  In the current retrospective at Tate Modern of the painter-sculptor  Alberto Giacometti it is space that is the overarching  theme that drives and shapes the development of his work. Space is at once his muse and nemesis.(This was from a man who was a known acrophobic.)  We learn from the excellent video that he… Continue reading Space the final frontier