Part 1: Assignment 1 – Tutor feedback

Summary of tutor feedback
Learning points from tutor feedback:
  • Continue to explore using a variety of unconventional/innovative painting media and a range of primed papers/supports.
  • Experiment with the use of negative/positive space and compositional balance.
  • Continue to consider narrative content – is there a story to be told, how do you draw the viewer in?
  • Seek tension in paintings, e.g. between convention and innovation, cliché and experimental even iconoclasm (the action of challenging or rejecting conventional  approaches, values and practices).
  • Continue with/explore more painterly and free application of media.
  • Need to work on line approach to drawing with a brush.
  • Think more about arrangements of sketches/paintings in a series.
  • Continue to experiment with gestural mark making combined with use of colour.
  • Think about my work falling between line-based more graphic work and more painterly and experimental expressive work (applying paint more liberally and building up paint).
  • Continue to explore digital painting as collage – hybrid approach to painting.
  • Think about use of dark backgrounds that tend to make lighter colours sink.
  • Continue to explore the use of collaged backgrounds.
  • Push strong paint contrasts and gesture.
  • Continue to consider compositions in relation to references to other artists as well as to something personal.
  • Consider a mixed media approach to future sketchbook work as well as working on pre-coloured grounds/coloured paper.
  • Continue with my learning log approach to reviewing the work of other artists and my interpretations of their work (Research workbook table template approach).
  • Continue to maintain a personal angle in my writing, keeping evaluation and comments accessible and concise.
  • Continue with the current learning log format – keep it well laid out and easy to follow.
  • Suggested reading: Diane Waldman (1992) Collage, Assemblage and the Found Object – especially chapter on Appropriation.
  • Look at  the work of:
    • Rachel Ruysch (Dutch Golden Age painter) – vanitas.
    • Russian artist Marianne Werefkin (contemporary of Kandinsky).
    • German painter Georg Baselitz.
    • British artists Glenn Brown
    • Eugène Delacroix (French romantic school).
Pointers for Part 2:
  • Experiment with working from senses (observation/touch).
  • Consider ‘found’ images as also possibly chosen and collected/appropriated – experience objects in terms of form, texture, space and time.
  • Explore some of my own ideas in relation to themes for collections.
  • Try and continue to push ability to subvert unusual painting media even further – build on what has been achieved in Part 1.

Stuart Brownlee – 512319
16 October 2016