Transporting Final Piece- 19th May

As you can see in the images above, I recently transported my completed final piece to college in preparation for the exhibition. As I have previously mentioned, my piece measures 8ftx4ft, and so I had to borrow a pick-up truck to move it.

I firstly began by wrapping up my painting, so that it would be less likely to get damaged during transportation. The journey from my house to college is around a twenty minute drive, so there was the risk of it getting damaged or flying off the back off the truck, and so I made sure that everything was securely held down by placing heavy, metal plinths over it.

As I arrived to college, I asked some fellow students to come and assist me in carrying my piece up the four flights of stairs, which was admittedly hard work. Overall, I would say that the transport process went well and I am relieved to have gotten everything into its final order.

As you can see in the image above, I was considering adding a sort of time lapse, using a series of different photos which demonstrate the progression of my work. However, after having difficulties with printing, I am unsure about whether I will include the time lapse .

As you can see in the image above, my piece is going to be exhibited in the position it has been placed in the photo.


Final Piece Update – 10th May


I have been continuing with my final Piece and as I mentioned in the last post, I have been making good progress. 

As you can see, the images above show my previous development, which continues to the images below. I feel that the tones to the painting are merging well together and I recently decided to add the colour green, which I personally think adds definition to the subject.

Throughout my work, I have been constantly thinking about the different Artists, which I have recently been studying such as Elly Smallwood, and I have been making sure that my work is in some ways conjunctive with their styles without echoing their work too much. Furthermore, I feel that it has been important for me to keep other Artist’s in mind as it encourages me to be more open with my palette and brush movements. 

As you can see in the image below, you may be able to see that there is are some lines from where the paint had ran down the board, which seems to add interest to the painting on a bigger scale.


I was also faced with the problem of the sun shining onto my board, however I think the image below works well as the light is only highlighting certain aspects of the painting, which I think creates a visually interesting photograph. Overall, I feel that this piece still has a long way to go before it reaches it’s completion, but I want to carry on with the direction, which I have so far taken. 



8ft x 4ft Oil Painting/Final Piece- 1st May

I have recently begun work on my final piece, which has so far turned out fairly well. As you can see in the first image, I had already completed the preparation for my board, which I have discussed in a blog post prior.

I began with the eyes, as I feel that they are the most important feature of the image I am painting and require a higher level of detail. If you look closely, you can also see that I had faintly marked out the outline of my Dad’s face, to make the painting process much easier.


I decided that Oil Paint would be the best form of paint for me to use, as I have the most experience using it and so, I knew that there would be a smaller chance of me having issues with blending and layering the paint. As you can see in the image below, I was keen to make sure that I incorporated a wide range of pastel/nude tones, as I felt that these colours add a certain level of interest to the painting, due to the fact that they don’t necessarily go accordingly with the colours from the actual image of the picture, which I had taken of my Dad.

I like that the colours do not match the picture and that I have taken on a more sporadical method of applying my paint, as I want my painting to serve a different purpose, rather than just echoing a picture; I wanted to create a sense of movement and dynamism and that is why I might choose to leave areas of the board unpainted.



As you can see, I have been recording the progress of my painting and I feel that it is important to capture the profession of the start to the end. Also, I did mention to Sally, that I would be producing a non-stop time lapse, which could be included in the final show, however I didn’t think I would be able to fit such a long video onto my memory card and so, I have decided to take lots of images instead, which will hopefully work together as a slideshow.

Yacht Varnish/Priming – 26th April


I have begun preparation for my Final Piece, and as you can see in the image above, the scale of my piece is considerably big and I have already been challenged with some issues.

As you may also notice, I am holding a can of varnish, which is pictured below, which I applied onto my board. Unfortunately though, the finish, which the varnish gave was visually not pleasing and I also felt that it just did not seem to make a difference to the feel of the board; as though the varnish had not effectively worked as a filler.


After I had applied the ‘quick dry varnish’, I decided to go back to wilkinson’s and purchase the ‘clear, satin yacht varnish’, which I then applied to the other side of the board. Overall, the yacht varnish worked well and when I look back at the start of my project, I should have initially bought the yacht varnish instead of being impatient and opting for the ‘quick dry’.



“The Warped Ordinary” Proposal/Final Draft -25th April

Over the course of the past few weeks, I have been working on my proposal and coming up with a plan, according to my FMP. I have had a few discussions with Sally about how it’s going, and I have reached the stage, of it being completed.

As you can see, I have attached an image of the document below, and I feel satisfied with my final draft.


Continuous Line Drawing- 22nd April

As part of my paintings, I began by creating a quick sketch, which I personally felt would help me when it came to making movements with my paintbrush. I really like the concept of a continuous line drawing, as it helps me to think more about the look of a portrait on a larger scale rather than just focusing on one, single area.

Furthermore, I had been recently looking at some aesthetically -pleasing drawings, as you can see below. As you can see, they all have an individual quality to them and they remind me of a particular wire sculpture, which I created at the start of FAD, and that made me want to try and sketch something inspired by all of these different components of research.


When I compare my drawing to the pieces above, I feel that mine holds a different kind of complexity to it, as some of the lines do not join up and are simply left unjoined.