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Tutors feedback A2

Overall comments.

Don’t send so much. Send 2 paintings including assignment and up to 5 preparatory paintings and drawings.

I think this is a good time to cut back on the amount being sent as the tutor must have a gist of the visual language I’m communicating, what level and what voice I am expressing. I just wonder if there is any point sending hard copies and will enquire at the point of sending if I should just convert to Digital. I changed from OIL paints to Acrylics so the work would be dry for sending to the tutor but, if this isn’t necessary then I will revert back to a medium that I’m more confident with and love.

Feedback on Assignment.

Consistent with the first assignment and at a good level. Competent standard of technical and visual skills for level one.

The drawings are more fluid than the paintings.

The paintings suffer with high key colours and a lack of tonal range, PARTICULARLY MID TONES.

This is a reoccurring comment and one I had from my previous tutor. I have thought thoroughly about this and have had my eyes tested but optometrist do not check tonal perspectives. I think this may be associated with my view upon the world from the Influences of the ‘others’. I think that my tutors are correct about my lack of visualising the mid Tones within compositions or studies but I question; Why do I preferred not to concentrate on the mid tones and why am I attracted to highly contrasting scenes, Artist that use hot contrasting colours (Gogh, Mondrian, Klein) and infatuated by shadows? This is a learning Journey and I must express this learning though my Blog so That my tutors understand why I have a lack of Mid tone. My personality is very ; Black and White and I have a strong identification with the ‘self’, therefore my perception of tone is mater of fact. I need to express this and I do that in my paintings and explain my ‘self’ perception in my Blog.

The need to understand colours is something I need to do with Acrylics as they don’t mix the same as Oils and you can work the oils into a colour on the actual canvas where with acrylics, you have to keep mixing separate colours hourly due to when you change one colour is has an effect on the overall colour range. With Oils I can manage the drying out of the colour but with acrylic is feels like one step at a time (colour by numbers)  instead of a piece of work evolving into something.

My tutor has suggested I try some colour range and tonal control exercises, and to tint when using black and white.


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Three Primitive Colours Assumed as a Perfect System of Rudimentary Information by Charles Hayter

Sketchbook, learning log/Blog and Critical essays.

Strongest work is in sketchbook, with some competent well- observed drawings. The charcoal can become to heavy and obscure definition and detail. Learning log/blog is comprehensive with displays of research, self appraisal, response to problem solving.

Suggested points for next assignment 3-

Study the work of Watteau, Goya, Degas, Sickert, Doig, C Avery and Jenny Saville and work on Definition, Colour and tonal range, Anatomy, proportion, context, simplify composition, light direction and shadows on the skin and the tonal values.



Tutor report dated 13th January 2017.

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Assignment 2

Your painting should demonstrate understanding of colour, tone, composition and the development of your technique in your chosen medium.

I have gone for the alternative option which was to develop further one of the exercises that I worked on in part 2. I worked on a square canvas as I feel this connected with my composition ; a room within my house.


  • viewpoint
  • light source
  • highlights lowlights
  • relationship between background and objects
  • mood


I wanted a composition that was going to show depth and throw some interesting shadows onto forms and show more than just furniture but an essence of a room in my house. I made changes to the photography (to monochrome) , a technique to able me to pay attention to the highlights and lowlights within the room. The tone variation and the light coming in from the window become glow like. This way of analysing the depth of tone helps with reviewing darkest and lightest areas and then I build up the tone between the two.


Have blocked in the main shapes and have measured the furniture against each other . All the furniture is crammed but this is helpful when connecting the shapes and forms as they all link or connect in some way. The relationship between objects and background are very closely connected within this busy composition.

I was starting to think about colour at this point and researched some work by David Hockney, Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and John Bratby.

On The second day of painting I should have put some tape on the floor to mark my Donkeys location as I moved my position and  this effected my viewing point and the shapes did not connect correctly any-more so I had to make changes to the view point- linear perspective , vanishing point. I also felt the light was very intensified on the monotone photo but not as noticeable during a day of painting which was overcast. This is when the photo taken can be helpful in seeing beyond what’s in-front of me at the time.

I had to take stock and reflect upon what I was signifying and what I was spectating at . I wondered; as my style is normal wonky, should I look to Grayson Perry for inspiration as his compositions are lively, modern and colourful , but the brief in the exercises in part two suggest to be as true to actual perspective as possible, so I measured up my painting again and made changes to the placement of furniture and reduced the size of the paintings on the wall and started on colour.



Chests, Hove, 1975 (no 23) by John Bratby

At the moment the desk in the corner is too large and is in-line with the corner of the room but this piece of furniture is set away from the wall so the two lines shouldn’t be inline with each other. The fire place looks as if it is leaning against the wall so the angle is to serve and the pictures are hard to work out if I’m looking at them or up at them and what should their shadow be doing. I turn on a light near the window to help me on another overcast day. Did more studies of the lines and tones within the room again to help me focus and concentrate on the structure of the composition as the colours have become distracting. Having trouble with Rosie the dog so did some quick charcoal drawings while sitting on the floor.


Very much like the violet wall; taken inspiration from John Bratby -Chests , Hove, no 23. John Bratby Portraits, National portrait galley publication. London 1991

The split complementary colours of red violet, green and yellow are  cool but directing towards warmth at the same time. The light coming in the window is now more ghostly  and less of a glow. The violet wall is starting to look like it is on fire so need to tone that down as far to prominent.


I was able to put some glow back into the window although it would have been better it it was a more radiant glow but instead it is a muted tone glow. Very pleased with the shadows the arm chair gives on the rug and up onto the desk, I feel this is reminiscent of HOPPER. Love the rug and the colours and this association of Richard Diebenkorn reminds me of my youth ,as I studied his work at art school. The blanket, on the leather chair with the Broken arm reinforces the Diebenkorn rug and was tempted to paint this in more but I have come to a stage where I am close to a finish and need to be careful not to lose the essence. This is a cramped basement because we have adopted the lounge upstairs into another bedroom so foreign students can stay in which gives us A little more income. This room is very cosy but is over crowded now.

Rosie the dog is being a problem where she knows when I am drawing or painter her so turns her back to me. I have drawn some studies of her to help when painting her in but may have to take her out of the painting or paint the blanket grey so she is more defined. I wanted her in as she is a big part of the room and she gives the room life, it becomes more than a room full of furniture but a room where Rosie lays.



  • Need to get this posted to my tutor now but- I don’t like the cushion on the leather chair as it’s far to white and resembles snow drops. Will need to think about this area again. Want to take out the picture on the top right corner. Other than that I am happy for now. Will await tutors comments.