Category Archives: Creative Practice

Some reflections on Painting 1

My main aim in studying Painting 1 has been to establish a regular creative routine. That has, I think, been achieved though hard won. At several points on the course I felt overwhelmed, often by trying to balance the demands … Continue reading

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Dumbarton Rock – visual review of series

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Based on feedback from my tutor I’ve been reworking some of the images for Assignment 5 which was a series of paintings related to Dumbarton Rock.  The first version of the series can be viewed below. For the second version … Continue reading

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From the Duchess Wood to Hidden Gardens

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After a day when, painting-wise, nothing seems to have gone right I decided to look at some articles from art magazines that I keep for inspiration. One in particular, about the work of Kurt Jackson, reminded me of exercises for … Continue reading

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The artistic merits of orange juice…

Am I working too hard on OCA revision? The other day, while having lunch, my friend ordered a glass of orange juice. I was particularly taken with the slice of orange in her drink- an abstract from natural forms, perhaps? … Continue reading

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Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901

Courtauld Gallery, London, 14 February – 27 May 2013 These are some notes that I made last year while visiting an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in London. The exhibition was based on the show that launched Picasso’s career in Paris in … Continue reading

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What do artists do all day: Shani Rhys James

BB4, 13th November 2013, 8.30pm. Running time: 30 minutes. At time of writing (August 2014) this programme is still available to view on BBC iPlayer. I first came across the work of Shani Rhys James when I was researching artists’ … Continue reading

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Introduction to oil painting workshop

As I have worked through the course there are two areas which have been on my ‘To Do’ list. One has been to get more practice of portrait and figure painting and the other has been to work with oils. … Continue reading

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Figure drawing workshop

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I struggled with the Portrait and Figure module of the course feeling, particularly for that module, the need for direct tuition. At the time I researched figure drawing and read books on anatomy for artists but still found it hard … Continue reading

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Matisse Live from Tate Modern

Exhibition on Screen live event, Quayside cinema, Glasgow, 3 June 2014 Running time: 90 minutes This was the first that I gone to one of the live cinema events and, having done so, would highly recommend the concept. If you … Continue reading

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A visit to Dumbarton Castle

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As part of my research into Dumbarton Rock for Assignment 5, I spent some time visiting the castle. If you haven’t been it’s well worth going and, in the meantime, here are some photos taken on a rare sunny afternoon. … Continue reading

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