Charcoal Workshop Tuesday 7th November 2023

Charcoal is one of my favourite mediums. It has the extremes of softness and very strong, deep dark tones. The difficulty people often have with Charcoal is getting stuck in the mid tones and not allowing the surface to be erased efficiently. I will tackle these issues in the day course and look at the […]

Building blocks to drawing course

Building blocks to drawing with Phil ReynoldsThis course provides a pathway for beginners, and an opportunity to refresh existing skills for others.I believe all artwork will be enhanced through an increased understanding of how to look and how to accurately represent what we see. When this skill is achieved it will help with more abstract […]

Images emerging

I am doing some drawings in charcoal that come to a natural finish and I am completely happy with the unfinished nature of them (even the cats paw prints). These are things that add narrative and is not a sketch towards a larger finished work but an end in itself. This one is from one […]

Very ordinary objects

The brief this week in June was to look at something that had little to inspire you. Quite hard to decide what to chose when you are looking for something with little aesthetic value and then make a drawing out of what you see. The above image was me drawing a value shortbread biscuit and […]

Life Drawing Workshop 2

Last Saturday was the second of the four planned workshops. They are predominantly aimed at my class members to allow an opportunity to have a go at this age old discipline. They are fully tutored sessions and small enough for everyone to get some 1 to 1 attention. This weeks format was similar to the […]

Life Drawing Workshop 1

The first of four life drawing workshops took place on Saturday morning 8th November. We used A1 paper throughout and a mixture of media. The model was lit by both a spotlight and a halogen lamp. This added drama to what would have been a very even fluorescent light. The first drawings done were quick 5 […]

Distortion

This weeks title to work with was distortion. John C had come up with the idea the week previous that he would like to try and deliberately distort an object. I e-mailed a few images to give an idea of what to do. It is good to have some ideas but sometimes they may dominate […]

Ellergill weekend

I would like to post a few photos from this weekend away with me and six others. I do not have many images of other peoples work at present but will put them on as I acquire them. It was a great weekend. Much quieter than the previous one due to a few people unable […]

Cath’s Corwall trip with her mum

Cath had been away with her mum and some more family in Cornwall. On the beach they noticed lots of different coloured strata of  mud. This pigment they dug out and used as a drawing/painting medium. Applying the hand made paint with anything they could get their hands on. Twigs, dritwood, leaves etc. There were […]

The sinister side

This week we continued working with our wrong hands. Jon pointed out that the word Sinister is the Latin word for left-handed. What evolution of meaning turned left-handed into evil and threatening? Historically, the left side, and subsequently left-handedness, was considered negative in many cultures. The Latin word sinistra originally meant “left” but took on […]