Thoughts and reflection of of line experiment. Rule line drawing stage 2.

IMG_32241. I used only a thin black pen to overwork these lines due to the lines being so close together. Some of the lines diverge together giving it a point of interest which otherwise would not be there. It somehow brings the lines to life and gives an optical illusion of speed.

Manchester and Whitworth art galleries. 1/03/

I made a visit to Manchester and Whitworth art galleries yesterday with the college.

As part of my primary research for my project I took lots of pictures by various artists relating to shape, line, structure and scale.These are,

1. Bruce Gildon,  2. Jim Dow,  3. Shiny Ohlake,  4. Evelyn Homer,  5. Cas Oorthuys, 6. Gian Bullurini,  7. Frank Habicht,  8. Axel Hutterite,  all on show at the Manchester gallery.

The artists represented at the Whitworth gallery included  1. Urbs militants, 2. Box Uccelli, 3. Deanna Petherbridge, 4.Mugarna, 5. Umbria Rurale. 6. Andy Warhol, 7. Brian Griffiths.

All the above artists are pertinent to my work regarding line, shape, pattern and structure, and I will come back to them at a later date as my work develops as and when I feel they will further my aspirations artistically. Maybe not all but some.

 I found the visit very helpful in seeing how other artists use line and form in so many different ways.

Daniel Edward’s Lecture.


I found the lecture today very interesting in that he explained that art went beyond just producing  but stressed the importance of presentation in selling it.

The three things to remember when framing is, PROFESSIONALISM, PRESENTATION AND PERCEPTION.

He made lots of sense when he advised not to stint on expense when choosing frames, glass etc.

Tomorrow I am having a tutorial with Dan and I am looking forward to getting advice on how best to present the work I have done

Reflectionsof the course so far.

I am a little over half way through my course, and although it has not been what I thought it would be, in a way that is not a bad thing.

After half term we start on our major project, and I really cannot envisage what my end project will look like, but then that is part of the journey, which is quite exciting, The possibilities are endless, and although we have to show research and development, I am going to make sure that my work is totally my idea and not copying someone else’s work or influenced by someone else.

I feel that when I look at other people’s work, it stifles my imagination and inhibits my ideas, which when I am interested in something come fast and furious.

I don’t know if I should record this, but I am going to anyway. Last week Peter came to me to ask how my work was progressing, I showed a piece of work that I had finished, he said that it needed more filling in as there was too much white showing. I said, “But I like it as it is and to me it is finished”. He then replied that I would never progress if I did not push myself, which really, I thought I was doing.

Well I like it as it is wether I am pushing myself or not. To which he replied, “But who is marking your work?” I really did not like the way he said it. I then told him that if a pass depended on doing something that the examiners would like at the expense of what I feel I should do, them I am prepared to fail. I do not think he liked that, so, rightly or wrongly I will, as they say, paddle my own canoe.

Now that I have got that off my chest, on a brighter note I have learnt so much on the course and it has helped to develop my artistic side.

Richard’s critique.

well! What can one say, I can only think that I will never see another one like it, or hear Jamie respond in that way again, but then I may be wrong, It was certainly memorable, and really an education in how people can respond to things. I do not have to elaborate on why it was so memorable, as the people reading this were present at the critique.

Th critiques given by the other students were very good, but not as entertaining or thought provoking, but then I do not think that was the object of the exercise.

I really do not know which caterogory this blog should go in, part five, or personal development. In a strange way it did contribute to my personal development, so that is where I shall put it.