-an understanding of the use of colour in drawing
-an understanding of the most appropriate choice of medium for the subject and skill in using it
-The ability to set up an interesting composition
-Variety in mark making, depth, contrast, tone,
-Accuracy and a demonstrable understanding of form,
Select a number of contrasting objects in size, shape and texture.
Natural objects and add a made object.
The pink amaryllis lily I had planned for this assignment was taking too long open. The bud just kept on growing taller by the day. An earlier one opened too quickly and I did not like the colour. I had to find something else to use. One morning I was in the kitchen and the yellow of the lemons near the sink just stood out. The light seemed to be bouncing off each other. I decided I am going to use them. A bunch of daffodils in a pewter tankard were interesting, especially the reflections on the tankard. Too much yellow, so I kept only two daffodils. For contrast I decided to add an apple. I had some hyacinths in the porch just starting to come out. I put the pot next to the objects. Too big, so I felt I should show part of it. The hyacinths were growing so fast, by the time I started colouring in the drawing they were already tall. For the background I wanted to use a silk scarf I was given from Sri Lanka. It has lovely two-tone colours and I felt it would be a good contrast for the yellow. The scarf was casually thrown on a chair behind a table. The other objects are all in front at the edge of the table. There was no strong natural light so I had a daylight lamp on one side. I did a few sketches. Moved the apple forward and put it back next to the lemon. I didn’t feel I had too many objects. To create some interest at the bottom right corner, I added a red chilly. I was going to use oil pastels, but the decided to use watercolour pencils for more detail. I wanted to keep it as an A3 size drawing.
The pot has two purple stripes, just where the shadow of the daffodil fell. It was tricky to colour the stripes and the shadow in the same colour. I could not see the colour of the table reflected on to the tankard, possibly because the surface did not reflect any light. The daffodils had not yet fully opened, that is why the facing the scarf does not appear to have long petals at the base.
I have been looking at still life by Winifred Nicholson and William Scott as recommended by my tutor. I like Winifred Nicholson’s style of depicting flowers. They appear so fresh. For ideas of a composition I have been looking at still life by Samuel John Peploe. I particularly like his paintings with tulips and some fruit, with fabric as background. In his ‘Tulips-the blue jug’ he manages to depict red tulips with a red wall and pink tulips over a pink table.
The hyacinths which grew from 2cm to nearly 15cm while drawing.
Still waiting for the amaryllis to open, it’s about 80cm tall.
Assessment 2 reflections
Demonstration of technical and Visual skills
I wanted the daffodils to be the main focal point, then the apple and lemons. I am not sure if adding the chilly works. the colours of the scarf is a contrasting backdrop for the daffodils. The ellipse of the tankard seems wider compared to the curve of the base. I used a 220 gsm medium surface cartridge paper, thinking that it will be suitable for the watercolour pencils. I feel that the texture was not right, some areas are grainy.
Quality of outcome
I regret cutting the daffodils stems too short while trying to ‘fit’ them in the composition. While trying to indicate tone, I seem to have lost the bright fresh yellowness of the daffodils. The scarf seems too wide, I could have folded it in further so more of the chair could be seen or I should have put more creases.
Demonstration of creativity
Unintentionally, I managed to use all 18 colours in this drawing, so it has a variety of colour! The composition is safe, on the edge of a table. I wanted to concentrate on showing form and tone of the main objects as well as I could. Having cropped the terracotta pot seems a bit experimental.
I messed up the colouring on the terracotta pot, but correcting it would have worsened it, so I left it hoping it will look like part of the pot. I still need to improve on using watercolour pencils so the colour doesn’t get picked up with the brush or look overworked. The paper did not take colour in some areas, possibly because I had used an eraser there. I need to be able to depict flowers while retaining their freshness and delicate thin petals.
After reading the remarks
made by my tutor I made the tankard darker to make it look metallic.