Blue and white

This weeks art class we looked at  blue and white china, the Willow pattern and the work of Grayson Perry. we started just painting from the Willow pattern with the aim to develop a twist on the theme, I don’t think my head was in the right place for this and It didn’t really go anywhere, later I worked on a few ideas and  considered making a twist on the  Japanese wave.

I put it all down and started to look a bit deeper at Grayson Perry s work, I liked his twist on blue and white using yellow and I liked  how he uses text in his work, so  one thing followed another and I made a portrait  of him.

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Tone

Starting back at art class, we are looking at tone, first we made a sketch picking out the different tones in the picture, then using 2 colours we made painting sketches again looking at tone and not colour. I started with Ultramarine blue and red making some nice  purple  mid tones. I thought the blue would be the darkest but  settled on the red for my second sketch.

Working with our own picture we repeated the exercise this time I used green and magenta for my Glastonbury Tor image, do you think magenta cows will catch on.

 

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Watercolour

No art class today so I’m having a go at watercolour made a bit of a muddy mess at the last class, this is a little better.so what have I learnt, use the right paper, cartridge paper just soaks up the paint and the colour no chance to wash it around or blot it out, must be some saying about the right tools.

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Selfie

Told you there was no  order to this, this is an early attempt last year 2014 at using acrylics, painted on acrylic paper from one of my original photo art pictures.