Art school

Art classes: weeks 8 and 9

This Wednesday just been (1 April) was our final Beginning to Draw & Paint class at Browne. It was meant to be on abstraction, but because we’d moved to Zoom and it would’ve been tricky to teach by video, Matthew decided to continue with the previous week’s subject of transcription and analysis.


Coupla links: colour and blocking in

The latest episode of the Learn to Paint podcast with Mark Eanes was a great lesson on colour.

Although I’m still struggling with this, I found this article from Seattle Artist League on blocking in helpful. Some good example images.

Art school

Art classes: week 6

Painting based on Andrew Potter photo

Last Wednesday, we painted some still lifes from coloured photocopies. The reason we painted from photocopies rather than real still-life setups was so that we didn’t feel pressured time-wise. (We could take the paintings home and finish them there, which I did.)


Anthony Grootelaar

I don’t tend to be a fan of total abstraction, but I do really enjoy following Anthony Grootelaar. He’s endlessly creative, and he’s very good at naming his works and pairing them with thought-provoking quotes.


Painting without understanding drawing

It’s futile to paint without having a solid understanding of drawing.

Daniel Sprick on The Plein Air Podcast

I’m glad quite a lot of my night class has focused on drawing. I’ve just set myself a reminder to draw something each day.