#artschool: documenting art practice

April 7, 2019

We are now seven weeks into Term 1 at art school and I thought it might be fun to document some of my work.

I have been studying drawing and painting along with a bit of digital photography and in this post I have catalogued my drawings and paintings to date.

The key thing is to notice that I’m actually getting better and I think this shows most clearly in my life drawing exercises.

Well, at least I hope you can see some improvement. The other drawing subject is mostly about still life in the studio.

And then there’s my painting class where the focus is also on still life maquettes painted “a la prima” which means all in one go. Usually these are done in about 90 minutes. This is a study in the use of complementary colours.

I’m also doing a few bits and pieces at home. I’ll have more to say about this series of abstracts as I develop my ideas. The theme is “Precision and Decay”.

Photography Exercises – Landscape, Still Life and Portraiture

March 12, 2019

I am at art school this year, doing part-time studies in drawing, painting and digital photography.

As part of my training I am slowly learning how to use Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as manipulating shutter speed and aperture settings on my DSLR camera.

It’s only been a few weeks, but I think my skill levels are improving.

Here’s a couple of galleries of images I’ve taken for the first photography assignment. We have to submit six landscapes, six still life images and six portraits.

I haven’t selected my final images yet, but these are some of the practice shots in my expanding portfolio.



I am interested in dawn views and the early morning light. I also find reflections interesting and the intrusion of the urban/industrial into nature.

The second series is more traditional landscapes.



I am still getting my head around the idea of photographic still life, but here’s a few that I shot over the weekend. I am interested in light and depth of field. I like to find and focus on detail in the composition and to add incongruous elements.



I understand that portraiture is difficult, though perhaps photography is a bit easier than trying to render a likeness in paint or pastels. So far I’ve only managed to capture my cat Calliope Cutlass, but she is a very worthy subject.