This weeks task was experimenting with painting, using watercolour and acrylic. For this task we had to pick two water colour artists: I picked Ambrose McAvoy and Peter Blake. As well as, two acrylic artists, I picked Ewan McClure and Anne Magill. We then had to take influence from their techniques and approaches and implement them in our own work.
Ewan McClure is an artist who has great skill when it comes to technical painting, using broad brush strokes layered on top of each other to capture even smaller details. I enjoyed trying to recreate his technique, but I focused too much on trying to get the objects to look like objects rather than being braver and using bigger brushes and being patient enough to let the piece come together on its own.
I really enjoyed recreating Anne Magills' style and I tried to be a lot braver this time around when it came to using bigger and more textured marks to describe the objects. Technically speaking, parts of my drawing area little off and I feel that I smoothed out the surface of the cup quite a lot, which is a shame as it comes away from Anne Magills way of working.
Ambrose McCavoy is an artist well known for his portraits in watercolour and his use of bold colours which are blended together fluidly. I have tried to replicate his technique by drawing out the portraits in pencil first and having visible pencil details in the face. I did one painting using darker colours and another using brighter colours, I found the one with brighter colours more difficult to replicate as i am not as confident using watercolours in that way.
I found Peter Blakes style to be one of the most fun to recreate, but also one of the most difficult as I had not realised now many layers went into making up the brightness of his watercolour paintings. If anything that was the most difficult thing to do as it meant waiting for the paint to dry and knowing where to add more watercolour to add depth to the painting.