Assignment 2

Tutors Report for Part 2 and my thoughts on it

Thanks to my tutor for such positive feedback. It’s very reassuring to know that not only am I loving exploring and learning to paint but I’m also on the right lines for this course.

“Feedback on assignment: Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

Within your outcomes for this part you demonstrate a good technical command of your materials across a range of mediums. You show a commitment to your practice and good compositional and visual skills throughout. Your confident use of colour and alternative formats show an inventive approach and you are commended for your ambition with your final piece.

Your still life studies show a well considered colour pallette and observational awareness. Your technical skills are good, evidenced by a command of perspective. There is a graphic quality and precision to some of your sketchbook work and I particularly like your use of a viewfinder to crop a painting study, as it intensifies the vibrant orange, reds and green of subject and creates a more abstracted and formal image.

The technical parameters of your fish eye works for this assignment are challenging and you have shown a competent ability to represent this well, within your final outcomes and more so in your preparatory works. The cropped edges of your work on board enhances the optical quality of your composition. Works depicting interiors can feel claustrophobic but by using this non-human viewpoint you have managed to create an expanding space. This gives the piece a sculptural quality that could perhaps be explored further in future work.

(I really enjoyed developing this fish eye interior and it’s definitely a style that appeals to me and will certainly pursue it further at some point. Crossing the surfaces linear boundaries and having parts continue outside, helps keep the eye searching every corner of the piece – I find including this were possible helps a composition)

There are many challenges with this work and it’s good to see you explore different methods of applying your paint, alongside thorough planning of your composition. You have developed some intriguing results, most successfully when applying more illustrative methods, rather than impasto techniques, where to my eyes the optical effect of the composition is lost through the more gestural application of paint. Here raises a question between representation and abstraction, and how to select methods and mediums for the type of ideas explored.

(I agree – I wasn’t at all sure about the green impasto version but some students at the study day preferred it as it gave an abstract fairytale feel. I did like the texture and life the impasto gave however so definitely more experimenting to be done here.)

Moving forward, continue as you are and use experimentation to develop unexpected directions for your work to take. Use your sketchbook to trail diverse ideas and push your comfort zone. Explore mixing different mark making mediums on your surface, with a focus on explorative processes and material investigation.

Sketchbooks: Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

You are finding a good balance between sketching, planning, note-taking and experimenting with exercises, alongside some artist research throughout your sketchbook. There is an eclectic mix of ideas and images and it’s building into a great document of your progress so far. The only thing I would say is to be less precious with the pages and let further experimentation spread across more and more pages. Sketchbooks don’t have to be linear, go back and rework sections, or pull parts out to use in other works.

(This first POP sketchbook was far too neat, nerves at it all being so new. But this is changing – lots of experiments in Part 3)

Research: Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

You have included some interesting references throughout your blog, offering insight on your thinking process and exhibition and study visits. You demonstrate an understanding of the research points and write clearly about a variety of ideas. Moving forward, focus your reflecting on how contextual research is impacting specifically on your own work. What can you glean from your research that is supportive of your own practice, both technically and creatively. Try to reflect more directly on how contextual research is impacting on your own ideas, methods and approaches and importantly the subject matter you are interested in.”

(Noted, and I’ll attempt to write more about it. I find researching work by other artists of immense benefit and commonly use this as a starting point for my own pieces – more direct reflection needed here then.)

Several links to contemporary artists were then included which I shall investigate and write up seperately.


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