Join Artist and Tutor Linda Birch as she hosts Higham’s Art Club. Linda will set a weekly observation for you to participate in and if you wish you can share your creations with us and receive feedback from Linda. Please share your work with us by emailing email@example.com or tag us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
Or, A hard boiled egg with its top off, (sitting in an egg cup if you wish)
Medium: Watercolour or coloured pencil.
TIP Light your subject well in order to get good lights and darks. A desk lamp works well.
Have a Happy Easter!
Thanks for all your eggs Easter and boiled!
Well, I really enjoyed seeing your entries. There was a really thorough and varied engagement with the subject.
Meg, yours captured the memories you mentioned of living in such a beautiful setting. Roma’s was truly original in her doorstep Amazon delivery! I liked Sandra’s wistful mouse and the heavenly bodies; while Ian’s take on the subject with broken abstracted door frames worked very well. Bob, you summed up the Lockdown, love the boots!
Paint a watercolour landscape using a square format not the usual rectangle.
Please paint to the edges, no empty spaces!
Thank you Everyone for your square pictures, it was interesting to see how you handled the compositions in a format that isn’t traditionally landscape shape. It made the pictures more intimate, and there was a stronger feel to the way land shapes lock together. Often the desire is to paint a ‘view’ and deal with all the elements, trees, hills, water etc. but we sometimes lose sight of the way landscape is about shapes and contrasts of tone and colour all connecting together.
Thank you for all your paintings you submitted, the standard was very high. What was interesting was the way you interpreted the challenge in different ways. I liked the way some of you used the space around the subject, this is an important part of composition, and creates a dynamic tension within the negative spaces* left around the flowers.
*negative spaces are the spaces outside and between the subject, and are important, If not considered they can make the subject ‘float’ inside the picture plane.
This week’s project concerns The Picturesque Movement. This was an eighteenth century movement promoting a formulaic approach to landscape painting. Rules were laid down as to what made an ideal landscape, and what did not. It sounds constricting, yet the ideas it promoted still influence the elements we look for in a landscape today that creates, a ‘good view’
Although we don’t follow rules like this these days, yet it is interesting to explore the rulings laid down regarding the ideal sublime landscape.
So, here it is.
Paint a Landscape
Use oils, acrylics or pastels.
The landscape must contain the following:
A Distance (mountains, hills )
A Middle distance containing any of the following: A building, a group of cattle (odd numbe4s) a stand of trees
A Foreground in shadow.
Thanks to all who submitted work.There were some interesting approaches to your line work, from the lively use of line on some onions, the textural marks on the shells and fir cones, to the pointillist technique used on the succulent plant. I enjoyed the humour in the drawing of the binoculars, they look as though they are looking at you! Some good strong work overall.