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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.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Art class homework

Three things to do for homework this week:

1.  Make a monochromatic colour range chart - I used the new Hansa Yellow Middle paint that we received in class this week, because the instructor said that it is a true yellow and does not require mixing to make the hue.  I added black to make many tones, and white to make many tints. Colour chart done, and the glue is drying now.

2.  Figure out how to draw drapery using the handout that we got in class. I pinned my paint wiping old terry towel to the cork board with a push pin, and set to work. I have always considered drawing drapery to be a big mystery, and totally beyond my powers. But hey, look at this first effort! Just goes to show that you can learn anything if you apply yourself.

My first ever drapery drawing - onward!

Tomorrow I need to start on the most important and time consuming part of the homework which is to spend from 4 to 20 (!) hours on refining the monochromatic model study from class, paying careful attention to the darks and lights in the hair, the hands, and the drapery on the model stand.

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