Monday, August 31, 2009

Painting class continued

Working on a copy of a painting by Spanish painter Cotan. Here is the goal and ... the progress.
The canvas is 30" x 36" and it has taken ages to get the underpainting in Raw Umber done.
I am now hoping it will be dry for class tomorrow night






Still Life Photography

I am trying to create still life photos in the tradition of the old master. This is for my assignment using books as a starting point. Books were used in paintings as symbols of knowledge and learning.








Constructivist sculpture take 3

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Painting class

First painting exercise - monotone in a colour we would not normally use.
I would never normally use green - it is a very difficult colour to manage. This was a challenge for me.

David Tatnall's Exhibition in Northcote

So glad we made time to visit David Tatnall's exhibition of the landscape of Galada Tamboore, a small gorge on the Merri Creek. The photos were inspirational as was his talk, which showed his commitment to documenting the environment and drawing our attention to the natural beauty all around us.

Friday, August 21, 2009

My take on Constructivist Sculpture

The brief was to create a model for a sculpture invoking constructivist principles.
Constructivism was a movement that came out of Russia in the early 20th century. It was lead by a man called Tatlin. The works were quite abstract - rejecting representational forms, and celebrating the new, the modern and pure form.
I experimented with a few models made from paper and card board.
I think I will go on to create the first one below. The requirement is to use wood - so I figure the first one is simple and elegant, and easier than the others to cut out of masonite.






Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Petition sculpture

Sculpture by Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee 2008. This work represents the giant petition with 30,000 signatures that was presented to parliament in 1891 supporting equal voting rights for women. The sculpture is in Burston Reserve near the Victorian Parliament buildings.