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Tutor report reflection. P5. L1. pop

Another highly influential video tutorial with Diana Ali, She is the most efficient, effective and self driven person I know. 
The outcome of the report was;

 • New confidence in handling paint and interpreting my surroundings.

 • Worked with technical aspects to my advantage.

 • Showing an openness to new ideas and new mediums.

 Things to resolve before assessment;

 • The straw in Assignment 4/5 (1st attempt) needs to be attached in a different way to the board. It needs to be embedded with the composition.

 • Consider renaming your work, when you spell something out such as ‘Microbiology study’ the viewer becomes less engaged.

 • Need more studies to show creative thinking behind the exercises.

 • Keep questioning your own work and the work of others, If you don’t have the answers, that’s OK as it shows thinking about possibilities.

 • When being self critical, think about how that will move you forward, don’t be so negative in your blog (pessimistic).

 • Make blog images bigger and add in background images so it’s bright and colourful like myself.

 • Foe assessment; Lay out all work, pick out pieces that show a variety of techniques and breadth of skills.
Areas to reflect upon;

 • Assignment work 1-4 still quite flat with tonal qualities and light. Have focused more on the development of semi abstraction and techniques of working with other mater.

 • Assignment 2-3 are verging on being too easy to abstract and not connecting with the rest of the series. The balance of progression within a series of works, needs to consider the elements.

 • Assignment 5, final image has resolved the above concerns with layers of colours, texture, focal point and the size helps to balance the progression and give the work purpose. This envelopes an understanding of paint and gives a sense of a scene.

 • Writing is in-depth and a journey of progression has been documented well, self reflective throughout.

Alberto Burri- Artist that burns plastics

Yinka Shonibare- Textile artist.
My Thoughts

Really pleased I have been able to move away from pictorial representation but still able to convey a sense of place. I would like to build on the works I have created over the past 16 months with this new confidence. I am much more aware of what is required from me as a student and I must remeber to question certain directions so to gain more breadth of possibilities. Moving forward I would like to set up a Web site and Facebook page so to become more connected online, not just with other students but with a wider audience. I would like to exhibit some work but I don’t have enough commercial pieces yet so it would have to be a collaborative show. This stage of my art education and past retail management skills are sliding together like tectonic plates, I normally try to keep the two areas apart because I become overly influenced by the audience. 

Reflection on tutorial. Assignment 4.

So glad we had a video tutorial as have just changed tutors as Richard has left the Oca due to very busy work commitments such as private commissions and a one man show in London this summer. This was a moment to get acquainted quickly with my new tutor and I find the verbal communication far more truthful or easier to interpret than the writing communication in a tutors report. Diana Ali was instantly recognisable from the BBC television program ‘ The big picture’ and she is just as energetic as a tutor as she is as the mentor in the TV show. I finished the call on a high, very motivated and amazed that she understood how I felt through my small selective amount of work that I sent. Her advise was incredible and accurate, I have a strong understanding of what to focus on going forward into assignment 5. Really looking forward to our next video call as I know it will be very beneficial again.

The written report was very thorough as well, even though I was expecting more of a bullet point assessment. The points to consider are-

  • Think about a sense of self-discovery to investigate what paint can do.
  • Work with a subject matter that’s expressive as this correlates with my strengths.
  • Technical ability needs working on such as observation, perspective, geometry and a sense of depth.
  • Let yourself go as working gestural, physically is a strength so work bigger, don’t confine to a small canvas.
  •  Assignment piece; I explained that I would like to attempt it again as more of a series of works because I feel the straw didn’t work and may have to add more straw on. The next one that I’m painting now has no straw and is much more connected with Hockney after seeing his retrospective at Tate Britain at the weekend. My tutor said another go at it would be a good idea, but only If I have the time. I have reviewed the assignment piece after my discussion with my tutor and changed the background tones so more a lighter hue. Added more grey into the shadow of the tree in the foreground. Still having problems with the shapes of the branches of the tree in the foreground as very flat. In my studies I was able to create branches directing out of the trunk from all directions but have not been able to manage this in the assignment. The colour vibrancies has been toned down and is not so hot. There is now distinctions as a different colour is associated with each depth ( fore/mid/background)  Still not happy with the straw as it flattens the foreground, will think about a solution to this going forward as finding I’m getting stuck on this detail.
  • Sketchbook- shows competent sketches and planning but don’t use it as an exercise log book. Experiment more with paint in the book and explore ideas.
  • Research- explore and reference artist more with why you gravitate towards there work. (Make more connections and links between your work and there’s.) The use of other artist work when resolving a problem is good practice.
  • Blog- discourse a view of moving forward and what you might do to improve.

Suggested viewing; Anselm Kiefer, Peter Doid, Ernst Kirchner, Piet Mondrian (earlier trees), Leon Kossoff.

Have researched and posted biography referenced via the Tate on my Pinterest site.

Updated assignment painting. A1 size. Oil paint, sand, straw.

2nd attempt with more of a link to Hockney. And no straw. Oil on canvas A1 size.

Wanted to experiement with the direction of brushwork to aid conceivable shapes, forms and perspective, All technical areas of work. I rubbed off the brush work with a rag drowned in turps. Was. More selective with brushwork and shadows, and then experimented with scraping paint off.  I sat an thought about the colours I would use and the direction of paint for a long time but should have worked on this in my sketchbook first


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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Tutors Comments for part 1

This is the first Feedback I have had for painting one. I was not able to send my tutor the painting for the assignment as it wasn’t dry enough to send with the other paintings, But will send with the next batch of Paintings. My tutor was able to comment looking at the photos I had posted on my Blog, Not ideal but better than no comments at all at this stage.

Overall comments

  • Good start
  • Promise and potential
  • confident with colours construction and tone
  • Log Book show evaluation but be more analytical and less descriptive.

Feedback on Assignment 1

  • Competent standard of Technical and Visual skills and a realization of ideas showing Quality of Outcome.
  • Some evidence of creativity that are satisfactory
  • Ask- What is and what isn’t working= Analyse!

Sketchbooks and Blog

  • Do not stick photocopies of pages of books into sketch book as assessors do not accept these for evaluation. Write up your own notes or copy pictures only.
  • Why did you crop the drawings of the still life (using different grounds) project?
  • Need to explain my decision process more in the sketchbook along side the drawings and explain direction of view point. For example – why did I not follow the traditional path of still life objects within a context. My intentions were clear in the assignment work that My focus was on shapes and the creating of a form within the 2d structure of a frame but this was only mentioned later on, not during the process of why I chose that composition over another, Why I chose a contemporary composition and context rather than a traditional one. I might know what I’m thinking but I need to inform the viewer my Message.

Suggested Reading.

The Mysteries of the rectangle by Siri Hustvedt

Progress in Art by Suzi Gablik

The 5 c’s (tutors recommended toolkit)

Concept-message to viewer

Construction- strength of form and proportion.

Composition- Viewpoint design, perspective, spatial organization.

Context- Background and the image relating to other artist work.

Colour and Tone- Shadow, tone,grounding, light direction, contrast and tonal range.