A small but perfectly formed secret walled garden exists to the left hand side of the Tate Modern. Snuggled in a slither of land next to the terraced housing next to the Globe Theatre and the huge expanse of the Tate buildings lives a little oasis of community gardening.
These are the studies I made using the beautiful red flower (Dog Rose?) as inspiration. Despite enjoying sketching this I am not 100% happy with the outcome as I feel it is a little twee and too traditional for my liking. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of drawing and painting it.
What do you think?
|30 minute pencil study (unfinished) and 30 minute watercolour version|
|Detail of the 30 minute pencil study|
|Detail of 30 minute watercolour study|
The art work I have been enjoying over the past week has been an extension of the pomegranate studies I started last week. I have been exploring more abstracted compositions and limiting my colour palette as O'Keeffe did in many of her works.
Below is a selection of pomegranate studies starting with a more realistic image and moving towards more simplified and abstracted shapes and use of colour:
|Two colours of watercolour: Windsor & Newton Orange and Deep Red|
|Watercolours (Deepe Red, Orange, Winsor Yellow) overlaid with blue watrcolour pencil|
|Watercolour paints (Deep Red, Orange, Winsor Yellow, Ultramarine, Prussian Blue)|
|Blended Watercolour Pencils (no water yet)|
Next week at the final session of the Tate Course we are to select our favourite works produced during the course for a group exhibition. I am undecided as to which one to select but I'm hoping to get a chance to explore these abstract pieces further which may sway my decision.
Which art works do you think I should choose?
I will leave you with these stunning views around the Tate Modern yesterday.