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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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Abstract painting assignment part 1 of 3

This is the first part of my process documentation.
Our painting class assignment was to paint a large abstract work, inspired by a real life image.

Inspiration photograph of autumn leaves collected along the stairs of our deck. I cropped the photo and saturated the colours.

I built the 6 foot by 4 foot stretcher frame in the college art shop, then stretched the canvas and covered it with two coats of gesso.

I painted the entire surface and edges with several coats of blue paint.

I did some mathematical calculations to created spaces that increased in size across from left to right, and lines separating those spaces, with the lines also increasing in size. Also diagonal lines on the upper right. All drawn with graphite pencil and a long straight edge.


I taped along both sides of the pencil lines.

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