The London Atelia Representational Art.
This is a school in London which is seperate to any goverment run art school. Which means it has the freedom to teach as it chooses. In the morning you go to life drawing and in the afternoon you do cast drawings (shown above).
The school is about training the eye using traditional methods. Im aware these things are not taught in modern art schools, because you can’t teach ‘style’ but James Napier, who runs it said that its like learning the scales on the piano, not making mozart.
Hopefully by learning the traditional techniques and methods my painting will improve.
With any luck I would like to go to this school for a year, not just a week
Stanley Spencer, Patricia Preece.
This is my favorite painting at the moment. It captures a delicate moment. I think it was brave of Spencer to decide to show this moment to the world. Where he dotes on his wife as she looks away.
His use of brushwork is also remarkable.
Painting of my friend Hayley. It was made by first drawing in pencil, then layering that in white acrylic; putting over a coat of oil, i chose red as there is alot of red in the picture. Then i added her facial tones.
I gave Hayley her painting, I was unsure what the reaction would be. She got it out in a pub and before it was fully out of its wrapping she screamed ‘its me…Oh my god its me!’ and then didn’t want to get it out.
Which is interesting, it seemed that she didn’t want a picture of herself. And although she thought it was a good painting, she didn’t want to stare at herself, especially as I had made her look (quote) ‘really depressed, like im thinking of something’.
Her boyfriends response was even funnier: ‘you look hungry’.