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All about Detail!

Have a look at the following paintings, from different periods of Art History. Ask yourself the question: What level of detail is used in each painting? Caravaggio, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1598, the light is so delicate in paintings by Caravaggio. :    Painted by John Constable, c.1826 Parham’s Mill, Gillingham Woman at the garden …

News Letter

  So, I have finally got around to writing a Newsletter!   The big news is: I now have a Kiln and Pottery Wheel installed at my studio in Great Barrow! This means I will be holding regular ‘pot throwing’ workshops and also lessons in glazing and firing pottery.   The studio is also coming …

Thinking about Light

One of the fundamentals of drawing and painting is to consider the effect of light; both in how to use it and how it affects the appearance of your subject. Classical masters of natural light include Rembrandt and Turner   Strong lighting creates contrast and depth     Light reflection in this work by Turner …

A Guide To Colour and Colour Mixing!

Colour mixing is an art in itself.  Think about decorators colour charts and about how varied the range of colours on them are.  Type in ‘decorators colour charts’ into Google and you get ‘ Choose from 16,000 Colours – Paint Colour Range – Johnstone’s ……….!!!!!!     The best way to cope with this when …

Arbol De La Vida - Art and Culture of Mexico

  The city of Oaxaca, where I lived for two years is in southern Mexico is a hub of rich culture, which is most clearly visible in their visual arts culture. This rich artistic Folk Art culture can be experienced throughout Mexico. My grandparents also lived in Mexico and used to give slideshows on the subject ( …

Loving Vincent

  I had the pleasure of seeing Loving Vincent at Story House yesterday. It was truly wonderful! I was mesmerised by the entire film as it revealed itself in ever opening layers of brilliance. Every scene was a Van Gogh made alive, in swirling magical stokes of colour.  It amazed me find out that 800 oil painters worked on …

'That's Not Art!'

Many students tell me about how they are turned off by contemporary art exhibitions or are confused by the present art world.  I am not going to take a side, rather give a deeper explanation, and let you make up your mind. People creating Art in the u.k are now put into 3 categories, established …

Ink Tinting Effects

This drawing is an example for my parent and child class. We have been working on drawing big cats. Notice how I have used golden ink to pick out the golden yellow of the lion and to add lift to my pencil drawing. Tinting pencil drawings with ink is a lovely mixed media technique. It is a …

How to use lines of movement to draw animals

The first step in drawing animals is to figure out the lines of movement through the body, starting from the tip of the tail to the center of the head. This works with any body position and stops your picture from having a stiff feel, which you want to avoid as animals are a living …

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HOW TO MAKE A COIL POT

A coil pot is made up of long sausages of clay, coiled on top of each other to the desired shape.                                    

Watercolour and Mixed Media Techniques

The first thing to learn about watercolour is that is essentially a translucent medium that is traditionally built up in washes to create a ‘glazed effect.’  However, it is also a very versatile medium that can be used successfully in mixed media techniques.  The first thing to remember is that if you buy cheap, your paint …

Ink and Bleach Effects

  It is possible to use ink and bleach to create exciting effects in your drawing. It creates vivid highlights and a sense of drama through contrast to your work. The example below by Jenny Johnstone uses the technique to create light.     It doesn’t work with all inks and only with black quink …

How To Build Colour Depth with Coloured Pencil

We have been looking at colour in our children’s classes and applying it to our dragon drawings.   Try these complex mixes to create vibrant colours: green – add blue to darken and yellow to lighten  orange – add red to darken and yellow to lighten purple – add blue to darken and red to lighten  To …

Drawing From Your Point Of View

The ability to draw cuboids extremely useful for drawing and painting!  For example look at the next example.. how many cubes and rectangular shapes can you find?  It is not enough to learn how to draw a simple cube, because the cube will appear differently depending on how you view it. It will also appear smaller …

Drawing Cylindrical Objects Using Spirals

One of the basics of drawing well is to understand how to break down objects into shapes. For example, a house is a cube, as is a box or a ball is a sphere, as is an apple. This sounds easy, but simply put, it isn`t! For example, drawing a cylinder involves complex ellipses, which …

Whats new for September?

Whats new for September? Well, firstly I have some happy students  who had great fun on my Raku workshops in August. Some pieces survived the fire and I am looking froward to giving them to the students next week. I have had lots of interest in the classes over the summer and and am looking …

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