Workshop workout

June 22, 2016








From ‘An adventure in observational painting and drawing’ workshop run by Oliver Lovley.
1. Played around with colours produced by cooked red and white onion, beetroot, blueberry, grass, tea, turmeric and soot, adding gum arabic and egg tempura.
2. Made an ‘ingredients list’ for the photo we’d be working from.
3. Let loose choosing different textures and marks for different materials.
4. Did it all again, but for a self portrait.

Plenty to take away and think about.

29 Responses to “Workshop workout”

  1. Mary said

    Cool way to create openly and with flair!

  2. Creative and interesting.

  3. kestrelart said

    Interesting workshop on multiple levels.

  4. Getting creative on any level is great…..but reading that you got lots of tea…has to tempt you back for more 😉

  5. memadtwo said

    Those portraits are great! (K)

  6. teproleum said

    Very nice! I especially love the 3rd and 4th paintings. Also, your post made me hungry. 🙂

  7. I liked the self portraits and some of the textural work at the bottom of the 4th image – and, if you cant frame ’em you can eat ’em.
    Seems a lot of hard work like going back to the middle ages – maybe you’ll need an assistant if you develop this further.

    • Yes, not all of them colour fast too, but they did lend themselves to layering and working over in pencil. Perhaps using new materials encourages you to try new approaches? I’ve just remembered we used clove, in the tempura I think. I don’t like the smell and it reminded me of toothache. But I do like beetroot and forced myself not to eat it.

  8. Great! I’m an admirer of these works. Thanks so much and congrats!

  9. I really like the first portrait. The eyes seem to want to say something and the colours around make for a very striking picture. So nice to hear you went to another workshop les by Oliver, too.

  10. Hi
    Great colours and nice way to work them. Will you explain how you proceeded to make the colours?

    • The grass, turmeric, beetroot and egg were just put/rubbed on as is. The onion skins were cooked/boied before hand by the workshop leader, but don’t think there was anything special to it. I must find these and see if the colours have faded or disappeared yet.

  11. Hi,
    Thanks for the details. Still interested in this. What is it like now?

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