Thursday, 19 September 2013

Painting with Collage

Today was my first visit to the St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios.  I had booked to take part in a short course 'Painting with Collage' held by artist Liz Luckwell. The session was to look at the work of Sandra Blow for inspiration. Images of her colourful collages were the starting point....
We each chose a picture from the selection provided by Liz & were instructed to draw out 6 squares in pencil on an A4 sheet.  From this point we drew a section from our chosen image, in the next square we had to slightly alter our first image & so on into each square.
 

After this had been done we started to introduce colour....using one at a time & filling one area on each square with that colour.



My completed colour sketches.

From this point we started to look at collage....Liz had provided a rainbow of coloured papers for us to use, the majority of which she had painted with a wash of colour - adding interesting textures.  I chose similar colours to my first paintings but wanted to introduce the grey/blue as well..


Using my sketches as inspiration I built up layers of colour....


Almost finished...

  
Examples of the other students work & my piece (needs a little trimming but I rather like it!)

I couldn't resist taking some photographs of the fantastic table tops in the studio...layers & layers of paint over the years have created beautiful surfaces....

 



Lots of inspiration surrounded us in this amazing space...



I will definitely be looking at the programme to see what other courses I can take part in this year or next...


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