Monthly Archive: July, 2013

Check and log: Drawing fruit and vegetables in colour

Your composition should occupy most of the paper’s surface.  How much space do you have left? Still life with hatched tone: I chose a close crop for this picture, so there isn’t a… Continue reading

Research point: Ben Nicholson

‘All the still lifes are in fact land-sea-sky scapes to me‘ – Ben Nicholson in a letter to artist Patrick Heron in Feb 1954  (Button,  2007). Find out about Ben Nicholson. Why does… Continue reading

Exercise 29: Drawing using oil pastels

As directed for this drawing, I used oil pastels on A3 paper (in this case, a dusty pink sugar paper). I chose a selection of vegetables that offered contrasts in colour, shape and… Continue reading


A fellow student pointed out to me today that one of my comments on her blog had gone into her spam folder, and asked if I’d received one from her, several days ago.… Continue reading

Exercise 28: Using markers or dip pens

This exercise suggested using marker pens or dip pen and ink, with an emphasis on brilliance of colour. Before doing the ‘finished’ drawing, I tried three different compositions, using different media and techniques.… Continue reading

Reflection: Time, unfinished work, and the need for change

As mentioned in my previous post, increasingly I’m realising that I need to make changes in the way I work. It seems that my natural mode of drawing is detailed, careful… and slow.… Continue reading

Exercise 27: Using hatching to create tone

This exercise asked for a still life where the tone would be created using hatching. From the limited experience I’d had of hatching, I knew that this would be likely to take quite… Continue reading