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Happy with my hippo

It was a productive day at school today. We have finished the “Botanica”-themed project (well, the teaching is over but I’ve still got a lot of work to complete!) and started a new “Graphica”-themed project.

We began by ‘applying techniques to drawings.’ Limbering up with some quick charcoal, pastel and conte exercises to re-acquaint ourselves with the media, we began the session drawing an animal. I had an inspired moment before class this morning and grabbed the basket of animals that Louis played with when he was about six or seven. The class had an array of lions and tigers and bears (oh no!); meerkats and warthogs and goats (oh no!); frogs and impala and geese (oh yes!) to choose from.

I drew an elephant and an eagle.

But I’m pretty happy with my hippo.

Happy hippo
Happy hippo

To be continued … (her hind leg needs work.)

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Creating a half-drop repeat

Arranging the motifs
Arranging the motifs
Arranging the block pattern into a half-drop repeat
Arranging the block pattern into a half-drop repeat
Colouring it up with some gouache
Colouring it up with some gouache

Learning how to create repeat patterns was great fun, but had I fully understood that the silly little motifs I created in a hurry and under pressure one Wednesday night were the silly little motifs I was to use for this exercise the following Wednesday night, I would have … um, probably still created silly little motifs like these.

 

Nevertheless, I think the black lines of these flowers have merit and I would like to experiment more with this look, particularly with trying different colours and medium.

 

I thought I’d be clever and give this design the colourway treatment, but later found out I got that wrong! A proper colourway would mean a second design using different colours, perhaps green and brown, not the same colours in different positions.

 

I should also have created colour chips when I began painting, as I couldn’t replicate the blue when I was finishing off the background at home. Joey said that the thick blue paint created a river effect, and the flowers were floating in it (the darling boy!)

Adding more gouache
Adding more gouache
.....and more gouache
…..and more gouache and some black texta
Nearly finished
Nearly finished
Trying some other weird colours
Trying some other weird colours (this time with pencils)

Hello bloggers!

Hello and welcome to my blog. As soon as I’ve worked out how to blog and what to blog on, I’ll post a blog. In the meantime, enjoy an image of a leadlight I created for a window at home. I get excited about colours and textures of glass (and other objects). Maybe I could blog on that?