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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Painting class homework

My acrylic painting class at North Island College is a challenge! Mostly it is learning to use acrylic paint, which is a totally new medium for me.

Our mid-term assignment is to paint a huge self-portrait, in shades of grey, from life by looking in a mirror, and using non-traditional implements. Agh!

The assignment.
My initial very rough sketch, to make sure I would understand facial proportions.
Starting to work on the huge piece of paper (4 pieces of gessoed painting paper, taped together on the back) which I have covered thickly first with pale grey paint. The paper really bubbled up along the vertical join for some reason after I put on the layer of grey paint. Oh well, all in the learning process.
I am using an old brush which was using for varnishing some time and is hard as a rock. This according to my instructor, is just the thing for this project. It certainly does not allow one to be too finicky.
Note how I have messed up all the proportions, and the eyes are too close together, the forehead is too shallow, and in general I look like an ape.
Very hard to dance around the paper on the floor, try to look in the mirror, and try to keep from constantly stepping on the paper! I will work on it some more tomorrow.

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