Charcoal Workshop

I recently ran a charcoal workshop inspired by landscape. Above is a finished piece of mine and below is the students work. This is a layering approach to charcoal, building up in order to erase to depict the light. It is a dirty process but the charcoal has a lovely, tactile velvety quality that excites […]

Walton Group of Artist’s Charcoal workshop

It’s always a pleasure to work with the Walton Group of artists. This time I delivered a landscape themed, charcoal workshop where you set down layers of powdered charcoal using cloths to produce varying levels of intensity. This can then be taken off using a variety of erasers. Below is an example of one of […]

Charcoal drawings

I am doing some charcoal drawings at the moment. 65 x 48 cm. A series titled beyond words.

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 […]

Texture week 3

This week we continued with texture but this time without the source material. Instead we used words as a stimulus. Below are the results of both groups work. The word associated with the texture is on the caption. Hopefully this exercise stimulated the imagination and draws a line under this subject for now. Some said […]

PH1 residency involvement

Since September 2014 I have been involved in a residency programme hosted by the New School House Gallery called PH1 PH1 (‘a planet in a four-star system’) consists of a series of four unique artistic residencies (the ‘stars’) located in the heart of York (the ‘planet’). It aims to develop and investigate a residency model […]

Colour mixing from last term

Last term we spent 4 weeks working on colour mixing, covering orange with the squash which has been posted. After that we looked at green, dulled colours with onions and mushrooms and finally using blue objects. I have put all these into a gallery for speed. Hopefully this was a fairly comprehensive look at colour […]

2015 Workshops and Residentials

I am promoting my 2015 schedule in good time for the New Year. Get yourselves booked in and challenge yourself to doing a new skill or improve on an existing one. I have places left on the life drawing in January. Both sessions have been documented in previous blogs. The difference in the next two […]

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 […]

Caricature

After doing distortion for two weeks we did a caricature session which involves copying some drawings done by a top caricaturist called Howard McWilliam. He does the front cover of the Week magazine which are usually satirical and often political. There are some images of the group working on this topic followed by a few […]

More distortions

We did a second week on distortion. This time trying to get away from using a tool to affect a distortion e.g. a reflctive surface or some liquid. This time simply taking what we see and warping or elongating that. Jon brought a very small mirror that could only view a small section of his […]

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 […]

Microscopic

A couple of weeks ago Cath brought in a microscope. It seemed a good idea to try alongside the work done on edges. Cath looked at the edges of torn paper and a small dried plant. This process proved interesting but quite do but quite tricky and tiring. You can probably only dop about 15 […]

Coloured objects

Following on from last weeks filling the space exercise, this week we did the same thing but this time used coloured objects and painted the compositions in gouache. I asked people to bring in a few objects of a certain type of colour eg blue objects or green ones. The objects will be varying hues […]

Filling the space

This exercise follows on from the previous work done on edges. This time the focus is on the edge of the pictorial space. From the various still life object in the class I asked people to make a small composition on the table and using a viewfinder create an image that is cropped at the […]

Edges

This week I set the brief to look at the edges of objects. By this I meant not only one edge but what you could see outside the edge also. We had touched on this sort of thing before but this time there was no need to feel compelled to draw a whole object. There […]

It is all about hands

After last weeks hands and glasses I decided to do something a little more challenging this week. That was to draw ones own hand but this time without holding anything. This is actually much harder as there is less to latch onto, less drama and the need for more subtlety. Here are some of the […]

Port Mulgrave

Just a couple of miles south of Staithes is an old mining pot of Port Mulgrave. This a little gem of a spot with a handful of huts that are fishing huts and about 5 residential ones. The story is if you can carry the materials down the cliff path you are allowed to build […]

Ellergill outdoor painters

We had a great time at Ellergill in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales. It was a great venue, fantastic scenery ( though a bit too green for some) and lovely weather. I am determined to return next year. The barn was great as long as you realise it is bunk barn accommodation and you can […]