Project 3 – Stage 3 – exercise 3 & 4

Exercise 3 & 4 were great fun, again I encountered problems with mixing the yellow and I discovered how much difference there is between what I see, a photograph on the screen of a camera and what prints out!

For exercise 3, I had a look through my resource photos and found a very unusual shot I took of a galloping fairground horse. I concentrated on a small area of the picture and I was looking at only the colours and tried to merely hint at the shapes with my brushstrokes, what emerged was a jumbled yet strangely pleasing arrangement of squiggles that still kept the sense of movement and excitement of the fairground ride.

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Exercise 4 was where I learnt a few lessons! I had arranged my items (a few brightly coloured pom poms and a small orange monkey) on a bright yellow background. I could easily see the colours reflecting against each other in their shadows which was very interesting. I again concentrated on brush marks of colour rather than trying to draw the composition exactly and I was really pleased with the result. I even managed to get the yellow almost exact!

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I decided to photograph the arrangement of objects to put along side the painting. It looked okay through the camera but when printed out the colours looked completely different. As I am writing this I notice that you cannot really see it on the computer screen (well not on mine anyway!) – just something to remember for the future.

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About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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