assembling a portfolio

Yes, I know, it’s been a while but I was away for two and a half months in the USA and settling back in at home has not been without some challenges.  But now, there is work to be done!

I need to assemble a portfolio at gain direct entry into the Diploma of Art and Creativity at The Learning Connexion in 2016 and I’m finding it an interesting and positive experience to look back at what I have achieved and the roads I’ve travelled to be where I am now.

I need to demonstrate technical competency in two of three areas: painting, drawing and 3D work.  The latter is easy, there are many examples on this blog, and although I don’t draw much, I have examples to present, it’s painting that is more the challenge.  I don’t consider myself to be a painter, but if a label is required then I’d describe myself as a mixed media artist.  For me paint is just another material to use but not the primary medium in my work.

It’s not that I haven’t painted.  I had a foray into oils and it was the lovely feel, the lustre, even the smell that I loved but now. for convenience, I use acrylics for prints and making collage fodder. I even use watercolours occasionally.

I started by copying . . . as you do . . . before attempting to work in the style of Modigliani, one of my favourites, but with originality.

Would that I could recall the artist!  If something comes to mind please let me know in the comments.

Would that I could recall the artist. Why didn’t I write a note on the back!  If something comes to mind please let me know in the comments. 400 x 325 mm, oil on recycled cardboard.

Another copy, this time by a New Zealand artist I think . . . I do wish I could give them credit. 410 x 575mm oil on recycled cardboard.

Another copy, this time by a New Zealand artist I think . . . I do wish I could give credit to the original artist. 410 x 575 mm, oil on recycled cardboard.

Inspired by a photograph and with more than a nod to Modigliani. 640 x 500 mm, oil on cardboard.

Finally, inspired by a photograph and with more than a nod to Modigliani. 640 x 500 mm, oil on cardboard.

Despite the last example being a little unresolved or incomplete (she has no nose, just nostrils), there are elements that I am well pleased with such as the background, the proportions, the tilt of her head, the shading on the neck.  No, I’m not completely satisfied but critiquing my own work, what meets my learning goal and the next step to work on, that is what drives me to improve what I do, and at the time, I was satisfied with my results.

I’m hoping these three paintings will met the requirement to demonstrate technical competence however I’m left wondering . . . Why didn’t I persevere with painting for its own sake? Why did I relegate it to the background? And, do I want painting to remain there as something I did in the past?

21 thoughts on “assembling a portfolio

  1. I loved going to art school but dropped out in 1973 to explore the school of life, tried again in 1976 & left a few months later to be with a dangerous but beautiful man… (he dropped me) then after a long spell up north in Nimbin ( the alternative mecca of Australia) applied to Sydney College of the Arts in 1986 focused and ready to study and enjoyed every minute, got the BA in Visual Arts and became a full time gardener who makes art for the love if it. Go for it Wendy, it’s a grand adventure!

    • You were obviously destined for the arts!

      I read that TLC are looking to have the diploma with honours recognised as a degreee equivalent and while the qualification would be great it’s secondary to working alongside other creative souls, having critical feedback and a few pokes in the right direction. TLC have wonderful facilities and although I’ll primarily be a distance learner, it’s just over an hour away so I can attend some classes.

      It’s another late start but if/when they approve my portfolio, the next adventure will begin!

  2. Great to see your dreams and skills coming to fruition I could find a photo I’m sure of you painting an original on my pelmet

  3. Wendy, I think it’s so valuable to look back through our work and see what threads we might pick up again. All of your explorations have made you a better artist. So while you might have stopped painting at some point, you started doing something else of value, something you needed to explore. Something that will now inform your future work. Hope that makes sense! Good luck!

    • Thanks for your encouragement Tammy. Reflection is so important and I think my travel break allowed me, or forced me to do this.

      And the last time I painted (as a painting) was earlier this year and I really enjoyed it but something holds me back . . . I guess I have never seriously thought of following through with it but, although I have said it’s not my intention, perhaps I could take it a little more seriously. As you say, there is so much value in exploration!

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