Category: Exercises – Part 3

Oct 14

Exercise: make a copy of a painting

The final part of this module of the course is to make a copy of a painting. I chose to copy a still life of flowers by Christopher Wood. The original painting can be seen at http://www.kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk/collection/work.php?work=245 Having not lifted a paintbrush since I left school more than 40 years ago (and not being particularly …

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Oct 14

Exercise: A symbol for the present

I gave a lot of thought to this exercise, what message did I want to convey? How would I get that message across and who to commission to do it? I wanted to choose as a symbol for the present something that represented the fragility of our planet and the effect we are having on …

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Oct 09

Exercise: Reflecting on abstract expressionism

To what extent does a concern with elemental humanity represent a reaction to the cataclysmic events of 1939-45?  The events of 1939-45 are bound to have an effect on the artists practicing in the period immediately following the 2nd world war. Indeed not just those events but also those of the first world war. Prior …

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Oct 09

Exercise: Finding Affinities

This was a good exercise which I found enjoyable and frustrating in equal measure. Enjoyable because it was great fun considering all the works of art that I could include in the house. Frustrating because I would find really interesting paintings to hang in a bedroom, only to then find that they were 12ft by …

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Oct 09

Exercise: Exploring Modern Art

A couple of years ago we had a trip to Venice and visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. At the time it was showing an exhibition of the Vorticists http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/inglese/exhibitions/mostre.php?id_anno=2011&tipo=1 I had never heard of them before nor of most of the artists who were part of it. Though I do remember seeing the Jacob Epstein …

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