Part 4: Tondo revisited

Following some initial feedback from my tutor I prepared another five circular tondos. These were all based on segments of the work I had already produced – but this time applying thinned oil paint more broadly and gesturally.

I decided to work on three larger and two smaller tondo surfaces:

Elephant & statue in thinned oil paint on 27.5cm diameter foam board tondo

Different colour scheme from my original tondo painted on a ceramic dinner plate – mainly browns, yellows and blues with a touch of orange – painted using a size 8 short flat and a size 10 filbert brushes.

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Statue of ‘Victory’ alongside kitchen boiler flue, in thinned oil paint on 28cm diameter 250gsm Bristol Board tondo

Different colour scheme from my original tondo of this subject painted on a small oval card practice piece – this time painted much larger and mainly using blues and browns with white – again painted with size 8 short flat and size 10 filbert brushes.

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Boots & basket in thinned oil paint on 33cm diameter 250gsm oil painting paper tondo

Focused in on my original ‘boots & basket’ scene and changed the colour scheme slightly – mainly blues, reds, yellow ochre, browns, pain’s grey, ivory black and white – this time painted with a size 10 filbert brush.

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Small section of porch barometer in thinned oil paint on 9.5cm diameter hardboard tondo

Almost like a spy-glass look into a part of the porch barometer in the background of my Assignment piece – this time using thinned red/white mix, pain’s grey and gold and blue relief paste.

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Egyptian head in thinned oil paint on 9.5cm diameter glass tondo

The Egyptian head from my cut off piece of football tondo – painted on both sides using thinned yellow, red and blue oils, with touches of white and gold relief paste.

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I pushed myself with this exercise in revisiting painting in the ‘tondo’ experience. In all I produced these five pieces in around one day in total – fast and dirty! – well my hands are extremely smudgy (maybe I should start wearing gloves?)

I am relatively pleased with how these extra pieces turned out and have learnt a good lesson in the process – don’t necessarily follow the course notes too literally! Better to use your own judgement, experiment and paint what and how it feels right for you. These five pieces are painted in a much broader and more gestural style – less fussy – and I would say, more like how I do like to paint. Maybe I’m beginning to ‘hear my voice’?

For a bit of fun, here is an image of my palette for this revisiting – messy, and probably says a fair bit about the way I work!

Part 4 tondo revisited palette

Stuart Brownlee – 512319
27 April 2017

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Open College of the Arts (OCA) student currently studying Drawing 1

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