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. 




Final Piece Update- 9th May

I am reaching the final stages of my piece, which is so far progressing well. I have been capturing each stage of my painting using my camera, which I may put together to create a time lapse, however I feel that there may be some problems as I didn’t take enough photos to create a long enough video. Due to the scale of my Final Piece, I have been unable to bring it to college and so I have been working from home quite a lot recently.

Along with working on my final piece, I have also been studying a variety of contemporary and past artists, as I want to continue developing my understanding of different methods of practice.

To conclude, I feel that I am managing my time efficiently and I feel that if I keep up the pace, everything will be completed by the deadline.

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.

Experimentation/ Time Lapse – 6th April

Recently, I decided that I would create some more time- lapses, which would help me to be critical of my painting and drawing technique. I have recently been looking at a variety of different Artists, who are bold and more importantly, confident with their brush stroke, which I personally like. Below is a time- lapse I have created after having a discussion with Sally about my progression of Final Major Project.

As you can see I stuck to a more warmer selection of colours, and I wasn’t too particular with my positioning of the facial features of the subject. Thinking about the choice of warmer tones, I had been thinking about Kadinsky, within my work, which led me to listen to a more upbeat selection of music and in conclusion, I believe the music did help me to be more bolder within my way of working.

Upon reflection, I really liked this spontaneous way of working, and so I painted another portrait in a slightly different style, as pictured below. However, you may notice that the tones in this portrait are considerably cooler and this could be conjunctive with the choice of music, which I chose to listen to; a more calming selection, which I personally prefer to the other portrait, which comes off more harshly.


Placing both of the paintings together, you can really see the differences within the way I have worked despite- still focusing on the same subject. If I was to be critical of my work, I would say that as I progress with my styles, I should think about texture, and how that could express a certain mood e.g rough surface reflecting a feeling of anger.





Feedback from Peter- 28th March

I recently spoke to Peter about my current work, and he advised me with a few different things. Peter began by looking through my work, and he liked the collages, which I have recently been working on. After looking at my work, he came up with some artists, which I could have a look at to influence me. He then showed me some photo- realistic work by Chuck Close, which I have recently been studying after watching an interesting documentary about his career after he suffered from prosopagnosia.

I found the documentary to be insightful and it definitely made me feel motivated to try painting in a different way. I have recently been experimenting with acetate and over- laying drawings onto it, as you can see below. I like this concept and would like to develop it onto incorporating colours.


Furthermore, after taking the idea of partially covering portraits, to create a dramatic effect, I recently tried experimenting with acrylic paints and photographs, as you can see below. I purposely created smudges, to create subtle gestures of facial features, which I feel has worked really effectively. I also like the array of colours against the black and white photograph.

Personally, when I look at this piece, I feel eager to learn more about the character in the photograph i.e. age, skin tone etc. Additionally, I am intrigued by the prospect of vandalism and distorting and manipulating an idea into something else. I am an avid reader of certain types of poetry, and the poem “Sunny Prestatyn’ by Philip Larkin strongly brought to mind an idea, which is similar to the concept of corrupting photographs.


The poem expresses the idea of a poster advertisement for a holiday resort, which was once “sunny” and great, however over time, the place becomes distorted from the ideals of what one might expect, when one visualises a seaside, tourist attraction. But if the reader reads between the lines, the poster of the girl, was “slapped up” and the poem takes a dark turn as we think of abuse and women being degraded in society.


In my own work, I want people to “read between the lines” and gather a deeper meaning from what is just straight in front of them.

Collage/Development- 27th March

I have been working on some collages on Photoshop as you can see below. I have been trying to combine an element of abstract with people seeing as I am exploring the idea of distortion. Personally I like the texture, which I have created around the facial area in the first image, and I like the fact that there is a clear line around the small image to create an effective and dramatic juxtapostion.


In the image below, I feel that the direction of the lines create a sense of dynamism and movement; as though they could represent a gust of wind perhaps. The expression of the character in the photo also adds to the full effect of the work. If I was to spend more time thinking about the composition, I might choose to add more depth to the tones in the face, so that she stands out more amongst the vivid lines of light.