Myfanwy Tutorial

  • Three paintings on the go.
  • Has found fluid style of mark making – intertwining surface of found materials
  • Even the make shift nature of assembling the surface component works.
  • Has made the decision to not include the ceramics, and I think this is wise due to time constraints and conceptually how would the ceramics fit with the paintings.
  • I advise making more supports, searching for more imagery and creating a series of works 6 – 10…
  • In reality I will only be able to show around 2-4 paintings (due to space constraints). But paintings not shown can be propose up for marking with my portfolio OR take photographs of them and mount on A1 sheets.

Using news articles…

I have embarked on taking news imagery of refugees to become my subject matter, and then to translate them into the Romantic style I have been pursuing with my family sketches.

For example after researching this source: I collected both the information and imagery I needed…

– Her daughter came right up to me. “My name is Comfort,” she said. “I want to go to school.”

This quote could be used for the Titles of my works, or even incorporated into the piece description.

I have also sketched from news stories such as:

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I translate them by using soft pastels in my sketchbook. I have found the blocks of colour and broken up spaces work well. This will then be painted in oil onto the wooden rafts I have built.


David Hockney Exhibition

I really enjoyed the Hockney exhibition, I found the evolution of his ouevre extremely interesting and motivating for my FMP.

I took note of his ever adapting style, and his innovative use of frames. In particular his piece – Tyger Painting No. 2 1960

It was mounted in a wooden frame, and it was set in an icnh or so.

Other works that I liked were ‘Colonial Governor’ 1962, ‘Going up Garrowby Hill’ 2000, May Blossom on the Open Road’ 2009, and ‘Garden’ 2015.

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Garden 2015 – The colours are immensely powerful and full of vibrance.

Tutorial with Alison

  • Havard Refrencing
  • Sheets – evaluate/annotate photographs of work.
  • 2D & 3D combined artists
  • Display – mock up works into a ‘white gallery’, or brick wall/other spaces…
  • Ask people in your studio for opinions – to include information or not to…
  • The communication of the piece – words/statistics to be included in the works themselves, or to use the title/piece description to feed the information.


Reclaiming Ceramics in the Fine Arts

This artcile really helps to reaffirm my belief in using ceramics to help build upon my practice.

Often it is dismissed as a crafts medium, and a means to a practical end, however I disagree and like that this popular opinion brings a challenge to overcome.

If by addressing serious subject matter, like that of my FMP project, (the refugee crisis) – am I then allowed permission to use this meduim?..

But in retrospect the reasons I have for using ceramics are appropiate to my project. The material itself, stoneware, terracotta, and porcelain are all connected to the places in which countries have been affected by the refugee crisis. Such as Syria, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.




Tutorial With Myfanwy

I will continue to use scrap wood to paint onto – I will use things such as wooden palettes, fruit crates, cardboard? … and I will assemble them together like a wooden raft.

Simon Starling – Shedboatshed 2005


“Realised specifically for the exhibition Cuttings, Shedboatshed (Mobile Architecture No.2) is a reinterpretation of the idea of mobile architecture. The project involves the movement of a found structure, an old wooden shed, from one riverside location to another. This journey of 8 km downstream from Schweizerhalle to the centre of Basel was undertaken through the temporary mutation of the shed into a boat. This boat, a copy of a tradition Weidling, was made only with wood from the shed and was subsequently used as a transport system for the remaining parts of the structure. The shed already included an oar of the type used on Weidlings nailed to its facade as decoration. In its new location, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the boat was then dismantled and once again re-
configured into its original form, but for a few scars left over from its life as a boat, it stands just as it once did several kilometres up-stream.” (

For this week I will continue with all of my ideas:

  • Ceramic vessels – patterns and fusion of statistics, objects (cultural)
  • Painting – Figurative, depicting refugees

I will further investigate the architecture of my final display, and how I might be able to further suggest the feelings surrounding the refugee crisis.

Myfanwy also recommended Steph Goodger’s “Les Non-Réclamés (The Unclaimed) Diptych” 2014-15


She suggested that, in a similar light to how Goodger has achieved this image, I can continue to paint in a Romantic way but I can try to depict the horrific refugee images from news articles.

So I will continue to work into my sketchbook for this week.


Henry Moore – Tate Britain

– Draped Seated Women – 1957-58

I went to the Tate Britain to see Henry Moore’s work in person. I had seen it before, but until now I had not fully realised my appreciation for his forms and workmanship.

His skill goes beyond many artists, he was constantly pushing what could be done to the figure and had produced many lovely results over the years.

I particularly liked his Draped Seated Women, and his Family Group (1944-5) series. Seeing all his various maquette for Family Group was extremely interesting. I could begin to understand how self critical Moore must have been, and therefore carried out with a very thoughtful and methodic process. Rigorous testing of maquette and initial drawings, supports this, and further clarifies my own way of working – to develop and research through the materials and the processes themselves.