John presented us with some fantastic textures in his tree-oriented still life set-up, which were clearly both challenging and inspiring. We had an excellent model too. See photos of these below, left, also some studies and sketches. Click on them to enlarge them.
Les gave us a marine theme, with model sailing boats - one very large - and a number of Tom Oakley's beautiful paintings to inspire us. Les must have needed a pantechnicon to transport all his props. Well done, Les! As our model he also dressed in nautical mode. Click images to enlarge them.
In this workshop we were aiming to get the bigger picture and Frances set us three exercises.
First, keep your distance. For this we had extra large sheets of paper, four foot drawing sticks and an object to draw whilst thinking where to place it on the paper, along with multiple repeats of it.
The second exercise was to plan out compositions using just three circles and three diagonals.
The final exercise was to select any items from a large collection of objects provided and create our own still lifes - thinking creatively and remembering the lessons of exercises one and two.
It was a really inspiring workshop which resulted in a great variety of work and pushed us out of our comfort zones. Many thanks to Frances, who has sent us all a message (click here).
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