Lesson #10: Joining the Glasgow School

Today I’m working in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Apparently, it’s not called copying. It’s more about picking up his palette, his mood and his peculiarities. Teacher shows us one of his watercolours… it’s a well-crafted scene of a sleepy town in an Adriatic clime. Lots of terracotta tiled roofs and shutters merging overContinue reading “Lesson #10: Joining the Glasgow School”

Lesson #7 – Stockholm Syndrome

One-point perspective…that’s my challenge today. We are given a choice between a quaint weather-boarded alleyway in a Kent village or a lugubrious street scene in Stockholm.  I grab the Swedish street scene – I need to escape, if only through a photograph. Having figured out my vanishing point, I then lose myself in the SundayContinue reading “Lesson #7 – Stockholm Syndrome”

Lesson #6 – Putting it in perspective

Today it’s perspective. I need more of that. I’m working from a photograph. It’s supposed to be one of those quaint picket fenced houses on the West coast of the US. Unfortunately, the house has decided to have its photo taken edge on. That means that I need to know something about two-point perspective. WeContinue reading “Lesson #6 – Putting it in perspective”

Lesson #4 – Splattering

I’ve arrived late and in a fluster. My fellow creatives are already nested among their tools. As for me, I’m digging deep in my satchel, looking for long lost implements. I really should have washed those brushes. My palette is long dried out and has fossilised last week’s mishaps of browns and mucky greys. ItContinue reading “Lesson #4 – Splattering”