Exercise 2- Foreground, middle ground, background.

For this exercise we were asked to look at a landscape and focus’ on the different parts of the picture. In this piece I decided to use a picture I took when I was visiting wales last year that I took over a river. I wanted to use this as I focused the main part on a close up of a branch of leaves. I thought this piece would be interesting to do with water colours and try to show different markings for the tones and textures through techniques using my paint brush.

Below is a picture of my finalised piece, I do think I like the colours I used and the different colours I have shown in the leaves on the branch. I think that I am exploring more with techniques and I did well on this piece considering I’m not used to working on a larger scale with my artwork.

IMG_6466 In this piece I tried to make markings to show the different softness of the trees, I dapped my brush and tried to create the different markings I have been seeing throughout artists in my research. I like the way it looks so thought it would be a great day to show the softness of the leaves across the canopies. I wanted to show the different colours in the leaves of the nearest tree I was focusing on, I liked to show this because it was the foreground of the picture, the different lighting was dark throughout the leaves. I used a subtle bit of colour in the river to show the reflection and rocky bottom of the water, as well as showing the reflection of the grass across the side of the river. I used different colours throughout the trees to show different markings and the tones of lighting on the bark I thought this created an effect of realism to the piece.

All in all I do like this piece, I think I have shown good mark making throughout this piece and shown well the foreground, middle ground and background. I am happy with the different elements I have made and do think my water colours is improving. I like the tones I have created in the leaves and the softness of the tree canopy. If I was to improve this piece I would look more into spending more time on the tree leaves, I think if I had spent more time on the colours I could have made the leaves more clear and had a more vibrant colour for them. I do think for a big piece I did well on this because I’m not used to doing pieces of work on a big scale. I do want to continue working on my skill of water colours but I do like how this piece has turned out.

Research Point- Contemporary to Classic.

In this research point we were asked to find contemporary landscape artists and earlier artists and compare the two types of work. There were two artists suggested we look into and compare works which were Tacita Dean and George Seurat these two artists have completely different ways of working and I found it interesting selecting two pieces of work to look closer into.

Below is a piece of work from artist George Seurat, his work is very colourful and he uses a lot of techniques throughout his painting to show different texture and uses a unique style to show his effect of the landscape, his mark makings are like sponge dabbing it creates an interesting look and I enjoyed looking through the different pieces.


His work is very different and has a soft approach the the eye, it’s detailed and the way he shows his tones and shadows throughout the piece is very interesting. I like the mark makings and the sharpness look he puts across the water to show the reflection across. This piece is interesting and has made me see more ways to express landscapes and styles of work.

The next artist is Tacita Dean, her work is monochrome and shows a completely different style to George Seurat yet her work is unique and has so much depth to the image. Her work shows great texture and detail, I like the ways shes blended in the tones and made it looks so realistic.cw-26904-660x375

In this work she shows depth within it her piece, she uses different mark makings to show the detail within the rocky mountains. I like the style of work and I think the monochrome creates a lovely atmosphere and effect for the full landscape. The style is realistic and shows the tones throughout the mountains, it’s a clever way to show the texture and considering the full piece is black and white it’s clever to have shown the different shadows throughout.

The two artists are very different, one artist is colourful and shows the colour and texture in a unrealistic type of way yet demonstrates realism, he has a clever way of showing marks using dabbing techniques throughout the whole piece, they both have similarities in the techniques they show for different lighting throughout the landscapes. I think as the the times have gone on the art has become more adventurous and more artists are experiment within their work. The contemporary artist has used more harsh lighting and shows more sharp mark making whereas the earlier artist demonstrates softness and the lightness of his work is more calming for the piece. In these two piece I have chosen the earlier artist focus’ on a full scenery and landscape the view point is very different to the contemporary artist as she has just chosen to look at one point of a full scene and really look at the detail within that mountain range focusing more of the textures throughout two main observations rather than a full scene.

All in all, both artists have similarities  in their focus’ to mark making and using different techniques throughout, they both focus on showing the lighting and the shadows in all the elements of their piece. The earlier artist use’s more vibrant colours throughout and has a different style of landscape, they decided to look a full scene and focus on towns and country scenes. Whereas the contemporary artist has a different point of view and looks at close up detail on mountain ranges showing more harsh markings and monochrome art. Both artists are very clever within their pieces and show great techniques in different ways but have different view points and angles in their work.



Wolf Kahn.

Wolf Kahn is a famous born German, American contemporary painter. He was known for his combination of Realism and Colour Field, he worked with pastels, oil paints and printmaking and focused on different subjects but a wide range of landscapes. I chose his work as I was interesting in his looks of bright colours and his different looks on trees.

Below is the image I have chosen to compare, I chose this because I thought the colours and textures he shows throughout are so bright and uplifting and are completely different to the second artist I have chosen. I thought the different colours palette he uses was unique and made me think differently about how I can paint and recreate landscapes myself.


I chose this piece because I loved the warm colour palette throughout, I think it shows the different textures he uses in the trees. The different mark makings he uses throughout this piece is effective and has shown many ways of difference compared to the historical artist. He blends the different colours together so well and can clearly tell the different features throughout this piece of work. I enjoy seeing the different tones of the shadows and lighting in the trees to see the dark and lighter tones of the bark. It makes an interesting look for the landscape and you can tell the realism of all the bark features. I think the artist has done an effective way to show the different of texture throughout the tree canopy to show the leaves with the dabbing techniques, it shows the softness and the way the leaves move in the trees.

El greco is a historical Greek artist, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance.The artist normally signed all of his work in his full name in greek lettering, his work is very realistic and famous during his era. His work was all different subjects from portraits to landscapes but I found his landscapes fascinating and I always love seeing paintings done from such an early period.

Below is the piece I have chosen for this artist, I found this piece interesting as it was completely different to my contemporary artists and the colours palette is different, I feel like in this period of time it was very realistic and it wasn’t often you would see a bold piece of work with different and bright colours.


This piece of work stood out to me as I found it realistic and the different lighting throughout this scene, the shadows shown on the buildings are strongly realistic and it creates a great effect with the whole landscape. The sharpness of the colours stands out and shows the gloomy day that the day was, I like the textures used on the grass to show the softness compared to the building. The markings in the buildings show the age and the stone throughout is clever. I always fine it amazing that we can still see the work that was done from that era of time and how talented they were to do these amazing pieces of art. I love the different sparks of colour in the sky to show the light of the sun peaking through the clouds. I think both artists have a lot in common that we still use the same techniques now as we did then, all the different mark makings in this piece the contemporary artist has used to but in a different way. I think it’s amazing how we get inspired from so many different ways and create such different things at the same time.

These two artists created two very different styles of art yet both of the artists have use similar mark makings throughout, they both focus a lot of mark makings and making sure the landscape shows it’s different textures throughout. I think both artists have a different sense of view finder, the contemporary artists focus’ on the trees and a natural landscape he puts his own twist on the landscape and doesn’t keep it completely realistic, the colours he uses. They are bright yet the historical artist uses realistic colours and focus’ on a man made village, I think this shows that as time has gone on we artists have again become a lot more adventurous in how they express their art other than keeping everything look the way it looks they explore more and experiment with different colours.

Both artists are different in so many ways, yet I think with all art they want to recreate the full scene how they saw it that day and what they felt. Both pieces of art show atmosphere and create a completely different one in each piece. The different shots of colour in both pieces create similarity, from the historical artists with the shows of sun light making their way through the clouds and the contemporary uses flash colours in the ground and along the trees canopy to show the softness and colours of the leaves. Both artists have different styles yet they have similarities in different ways, I enjoyed comparing all of these artists and seeing how as time as gone on how more adventurous artists are as well as experimental, it really has me inspire.



Exercise One- Developing your studies.

In this exercise we were to review our work from the past exercises and pick one piece that has stuck out to us, then to further the work into a larger scale and different medias. To show different skill and a different look onto the composition and landscape we have chosen. For this piece I decided to spend more time and do a larger scale image of the lamp post in  my garden, I thought this was an interesting scene to recreate and I wanted to do it with colour for the scenery in the background.

Below is a picture of my result, I decided to use a media I don’t usually go for which is coloured pencil and sketching pencils:


In this picture I decided to experiment with different mark makings to show the effects of different textures in the landscaping around my garden, I thought this would create an interesting effect in the background. I liked the idea of keeping the lamp post fully black and white and create this colourful background of the landscaping, I do think this piece is good and I showed off some mark making and different tones throughout the lamp post. I would like to further my experimenting with different medias and take influence from artists to trial and error different art styles. I do think I would like to look into using different techniques throughout my art work and try to show ways of the textures in the landscapes.

All in all I do like this piece I will continue to trial different materials and techniques in my work to create different work. I want to create more mixed media type work and experiment with different ways I can express landscapes. I will continue to try out different styles of work and look into different medias to express in my exercises, I do think this piece is good but I will continue to look into different ways I can improve.

Artist research- Nicholas Herbert

Nicholas Herbert is a mixed media artist in which focus’ on landscapes. He had a solo exhibition of 25 pieces of landscape art pieces which showed at Alan Kluckow Fine Art in April and May 2016. His collection “The Chiltern Hills” was selected for the exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy Open 2016.

Below is a piece of his work I have selected from “The Chiltern Hills” collection to take a closer look at.


I find this artists style of art very unique, the colours he has chosen to use in this piece it shows a gloomy day, I can see the type of scene he was recreating and I think this is clever in his work. In this piece he uses various different materials and I find that very interesting also, the way he can build up all different medias throughout one piece is fascinating and it creates a really interesting effect throughout and you can see a hint of all his different mark makings during the full piece. I like the different scratches along the bottom of this work and how the different tones create different elements of this piece, it shows the different stages and depth throughout the landscape.

All in all I like this style of work, I think his different mark makings and materials through the piece. I like the build up of all the different medias and wold love to give this a try myself. I have past pieces of work I have done using mixed media and I used to enjoy doing them so much so throughout the rest of these exercises I may include different styles of work and build up my skills using different materials.

Research Point- John Virtue

John Virtue is a famous British artist which is most known for his monochrome landscape art. He worked in a University as an art professor many years after his first job as a postman. His work is really unique and well known for being so different. He really works with different styles of technique as well as colour concepts.

Below is a a piece of art created by John Virtue is his classic style of art.


This form of art is not my favourite but it really does fascinate me as it is so unique and I haven’t seen this done before.  It has a completely different effect to it than all the other artists I have research and the techniques within this work are really amazing. I do like the element of what’s behind the picture because from some points of view you can’t imminently see what this artwork is but when you look more into it you spot different elements of the landscape and the different things within it. The different types of methods he uses throughout this piece are so different and unique it is. I wouldn’t go to look into this type of work because it isn’t my style but it is a great approach to landscapes and the skill it has within this art is clever.

All in all, this isn’t my best style of work I have seen but I do like how different and unique it is, compared to other artists this work has a lot of depth and it is fascinating to look into it. I do like the approach and fine his different markings and tones throughout this piece of work really clever.

Research Point- Peter Doig

Peter Doig is a Scottish painter, his work is really popular and he is a fantastic painter. He is the most renowned living figurative painter. One of his most known paintings sold for $11.3 million and broke an auction record for a living European artist. Most of his artwork is known for being landscapes and somewhat abstract. A lot of his work is from his childhood snowy scenes of Canada where he grew up.

Below is a picture of one of his piece called “Grande Riviere”  an oil painting created in 2001-2002.


This picture is very fascinating to me, the different colours that are used and the techniques done within his paint markings are very unique and interesting. The different shapes he’s created are almost drip looking, like the paint had been dripped to form this shapes to recreated these leave’s. I like the different dark colours he has used to created this misty seeming scene, the way he’s shown the different tones throughout this piece. I like with all these artists that they aren’t accurate and the way they have represented all of these landscapes. I really have become inspired by these artists and made me want to experiment with different materials and methods of presenting landscapes.

All in all I like this style of work and have become inspired by all these different represents landscapes and has me excited to have a new look on how I can create artwork in different ways than making everything look realistic all the time. I want to explore more into different styles of art and find my way.

Research Point- David Hockney

David Hockney is a famous British artist, drafts man, print maker, stage designer and photography. His art and himself were an important part of the pop art movement in the 60’s and is also considered as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Hockney has experimented in all different medias and materials throughout his artwork and focused on all different subjects for his art.

Below is a picture “Garrowby Hill” by Hockney and showing off his vibrant blocks colours which create these great pieces.

Garrowby Hill David Hockney

I absolutely love this work! I love the bright bold colours choices and the pop art sense to it all, the colours really stand out and I love the different choices of textures throughout. I like the way it isn’t realistic but still represents an image that we know is real. I think this piece really would stand out and does stand out and it’s a different approach to all different landscape art work, this art really is unique and is different to anything else I have seen. I would love to look more into this style of art and consider doing more bold colours instead of making everything look so realistic all the time.

All in all I love this artist’s style of work and it has really opened my eyes to a different approach to creating landscape art, I would love to experiment with bold colours like this and do it in my own way. I find this art fun and so uplifting.

Research Point- Cezanne

Paul Cezanne was another French artist in the 1800’s but was post impressions therefore his work laid the foundations for the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cezanne often repetitive, exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly noticeable. He used planes of colour and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields.

This piece below is a piece of his art work called “Road with Tree’s in Rocky Mountains”, he created this piece in 1870/1871.


In this piece you can see his classic techniques on his brush work and how each stroke is individual to make the impression of the leaves and the different tones throughout to show the lighting throughout the piece, I think the shadows along the road is really clever and shows the shading throughout the piece very well. I like the different texture he has created on the rocks to create a harsh look to them. I really do enjoy his work and I would like to look more into this style when doing my own work.

All in  all, I would love to look more into this style and use paints within my own exercises and piece’s of artwork, I think it creates an effective and fascinating look, I also like the fact that this artist doesn’t paint each individual leaf and it still looks so realistic and effective. I will try and experiment more with paints within my own work to see how I can build a skill with another material I am not normally used to.

Research Point- Claude Monet

Claude Monet was a famous French artist in the 1800’s , his work was loved by thosands and he was world known. Monet was a founder of Impressionist painting which was the most consistent and practitioner of the movement on philosophy of expressing a persons perceptions before nature, this was applied to plein air landscape painting. Monets ambition was documenting the French countryside which impacting him to paint the same scene multiple times but captured the changing of the light and passing through the seasons which was genius at it’s time.



This piece above is an oil painting called “Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge”. This piece was done in 1899 by Monet. I like this piece a lot, I love the colours and the brush techniques. The flowers along the water give the whole piece life and I love the different strokes and markings throughout his painting. I think the style of his work is really affective and shows that you don’t have to mark each individual leafs to make an effective piece of art. I find a lot of my trouble when doing a piece of art is forcing myself to try and make it look real but in actual fact art isn’t about recreating things, it’s about expressing and showing your own style within that picture.

I really do like this artist and I love his markings and strokes of the paint throughout this piece. His style of work is unique and really stands out, I would love to try to use paints like this and experiment more with markings. All in all I would like to try to do a piece like this myself.

Exercise 3- 360 studies

For this exercise we were asked to sit and look at a view north and then work out way round doing different angles to get a sight of all different scenes but from the seating spot to realise there are so many different sketches you can make from just one spot.

Again due to recent circumstances I had to do this exercise from my garden due to lockdown, I’m lucky enough to be able to have a nice view from my garden so thought I’d jump at the chance of sketching from a spot there. Here is the pictures of my result;

unnamed (16)unnamed (15)

I think this exercise was fairly similar to the last one except all of your sketches are from the same place just different directions, again I did enjoy this exercise and it does make you appreciate the sights in front of you whilst you’re deciding what textures and techniques to draw throughout, due to this exercise being fast paced quick sketches again the pictures aren’t high detail but I still do think the exercise helps you realise that different positions create different pictures and not just to focus on one angle.

All in all I think these sketches turned out well, I didn’t use much detail as I just wanted to capture the landscape and it was an exercise for fast sketches just to take in the scenery and get used to going quick sketches and taking the detail in quickly. I do like the turnout in these pictures and I found it interesting looking in the same spot and turning round to get different views. I will continue to do quick sketches such as this because I think it helps with your visions on different things. If I was to improve this piece I would have loved to get out to some new scenery and capture something different but I couldn’t do that in this circumstance.