Nearly 2 weeks since my last post - too busy drawing, painting, stitching and visiting museums and galleries not to mention sorting out things in the house ( like finally getting round to hanging some pictures!)
I missed the first session of my 'Advanced Painting' course at City Lit as I was in Weymouth so I was a bit concerned I might be a bit behind, but the main thing I missed was finding out what all the other students are interested in ( and no opportunity to present my own work).
It's a very different dynamic having just an afternoon rather than a whole day - it goes in a flash and as we're a large group, don't get much of the tutor's time. We started the second session with a demonstration of mark-making techniques and then had a go ourselves - great fun and very messy , I'd forgotten the joys of scraping with a credit card and splattering! After looking at what others had done, we then aimed to use techniques we hadn't tried yet on our own subject matter ( I've chosen boats as my theme) .
oil transfer techniques as used by Paul Klee ( yet another discovery about one of my favourite artists) to get an interesting drawn mark on top of already painted surface. We prepared the transfer sheet by painting some newspaper with oil paint and the paint surfaces by applying acrylics neat, brushing them out and building them up in layers. As I didn't really want to save the paintings I'd done the previous week, I used the mark-making one torn in 4 as the basis resulting some lovely complex surfaces
Margate and the mussels from Puglia. observation is definitely what interests me at least in sketching and my ' memory' drawings are where I'm not looking directly at the object .
I started in response to a prompt in the ' Sketchbooks and experiments for textiles Facebook group but I now find they're addictive - I put together about 20 when I was in Weymouth and enjoy stitching them on the train.