Category Archives: The figure and self portrait

This section covers 5 projects, Getting started with a model, looking, seated figure with pattern, extended pose, self-portrait.

Points to consider in Assignment 2 Feedback

I am listing some comments made by Emma about the paintings submitted. Layers – could be the passing of time Look at Peter Doig’s various men dressed as bats. More development work and different versions 4 Paintings feed into one another with bits of … Continue reading

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Assignment 2 submission and Tutor Feedback

SUBMISSION: For this assignment, I must submit 2 final pieces, sketches and a good selection of work from all exercises. I choose as final pieces all the paintings done as part of the project on self-portrait, i.e. In my own mind, … Continue reading

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Project Selfportrait

When I try to picture myself with my eyes closed, I can’t quite do it and when I see my reflection in the mirror, it always looks different from how I looked the day before. Myself as a subject is illusive and forever changing. Looking at self portraits … Continue reading

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Research Self Portraits

Whenever I’m on holiday in the Cape, I visit the art gallery in Hermanus to see Bastian van Stenis’ latest works. Bastian says of his work, ‘I try to paint freely with no preconceived aim but purely to enjoy the process. To express … Continue reading

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What then shall we do? Leo Tolstoy

Something has changed inside of me and I can’t quite explain it. Rian Malan wrote about his state of quandary in My Traitor’s Heart, ‘On the beach near where I live, a rocky promontory presents a square, blunt face to the sea. At high … Continue reading

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Migrant Girl – Project seated figure

I am painting Delight, a young woman from Zimbabwe, who lives and works in SA. She came to SA in 2010, at the age of 17, to find work to support her baby daughter. While I was painting her, I thought about the power rulers have over the lives … Continue reading

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Project Looking

Exercise: Free Painting and drawing with a long stick. Below are some 15 minutes sketches at various scenarios on a 1m long stick. The first was to sketch with charcoal on such a stick. Below my lines are fairly simple, … Continue reading

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