“Valerie” Oil on Canvas 122cm x 76cm
The regular classes finished today but before I get carried away by the Christmas spirit I wanted to post some images from last Saturday’s mixed media workshop. Sometimes I like to link themes to current exhibitions in the knowledge that some people will either have already visited them or intend to do so.
In light of the present “Analysing Cubism” exhibition at the F.E. McWilliam gallery, Banbridge, Co Down, the Paul Klee exhibition “Making Visible” at Tate Modern London, Gustav Klimt at the Portrait in Vienna exhibition, National Gallery London, I decided to (loosely) base the workshop around the theme of cubism and geometricizing images.
Nine people took part. Below are the results – please bear in mind that some are works in progress.
Shirley Barlow collaged digital prints, acrylic, monoprinting
Oonagh Catchpole collaged painted japan paper, acrylic,pastel
Roberta Lindsay acrylic inks gold leaf
Pat Burgess inks collaged paper cellophane (unfinished)
Caroline Twemlow painted paper collage oils
A couple of images showing the beginning and end result of my latest still life which was finished this week. The idea started with a little brown Spanish jug and, as can be seen, there are several objects lurking around which could have made their way into the painting but I decided the oranges/clementines/mandarins/ (they seem to have a different name each time I visit the supermarket!) were just too impressive on their own. The photo was taken on one of those rare occasions when the sun shone! Oranges on a Silver Platter Oil on canvas 30cm x 40cm
Below are a few images of work in progress during today’s portrait workshop in Belmont Tower, Belfast with the lovely Ceardha as model.
Shirley Barlow working in acrylics on board
Roberta Lindsay working in soft pastels on pastel board
Edward Cartin working in oils
Kay McCrory’s pastel drawing
Sometimes as a tutor there’s a danger to hover over peoples’ shoulders making them nervous so during the longer pose I took the time to sit down and draw. The only space left to sit was right at the end which luckily enabled me to draw her profile
Interestingly early portraits by the Renaissance artists were always profiles
Rosie McClelland – Willow charcoal on cartridge paper