Author Archives: Belinda Wilson

term three: Shadow work

we will carry on with some figure work in term 3. the cast shadows we discovered in the last term added an interesting dimension to the compositions , I thought, and so after a bit of consideration  I decided it might be interesting to pursue that idea .   i went through my photo files […]


life work

This term we did some figure work with our model Brad, looking through the lens of tone. Using tone to show the way light falls on the body  and describes the form. Painting from life is a very different experience than working from photos .The camera doesnt pick up the nuances of colour and tone that […]


mary says

Mary has just sent an email saying that she was thinking Howard Hodgkin rather than Ben Nicholson…as if this was a bad thing!!!   this is an excellent thing Ben Nicholson is just someone to start with and to pick his brains but the fact that Mary had already started hankering after some PAINT like […]


terms of abstraction : term 1 2016

Terms of abstraction Often when we are painting we get too wrapped up with the subject matter and lose track of the fact that we are making a picture By that I mean we forget to make the marks energised and the paint luscious and the shapes eloquent within the picture frame. We all do […]


2016: term 1 of pure abstraction

i have just been down to the new show at the Auckland Gallery to see the show A Necessary Distraction these are all abstractions and gave me an idea for doing some pure abstraction next term   Kirstin Carlin making beautiful sensated marks which gave me ideas of how I could paint my garden Jeena […]


2015 term 4 Albert park

this term was epic in that we did some excellent work relating the figure to the landscape. we had a great day in Albert park with some lovely obliging subjects, did some good sketches and took loads of photos and came up with some of the best compositions yet. i think it was the trace […]



i am planning to have a PORTRAIT SUMMER SCHOOL mid  January hopefully Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January two days intensive working from a traced line drawing from your chosen photographic reference working in Grisaille (tonal underpainting in black and white) with colour glazes laid on at the end this is a splendid example of […]


Day in the park

Yesterday I went to Albert park to do a reccie the sun was out and the students lounged in the sunshine there was plenty to look at that would make an interesting painting or two    also some wonderful sub tropical plantings which would make Carl Maughan pay attention also on the way there i […]


Term 4 studies in the park

Andrew Wyeth David Keeling This term we will go to the park and do some studies Students lounging, paths through the trees,garden beds…random streakers (couldnt resist that random painting of Wyeths) we will meet at the hall for some orientation on the first day and do some studies  to enlighten us on what to look […]


term 3 work: tonal still life

This term I got strict and made everyone work from life.We don’t do it enough, i thought, so  this term I’d insist And the results were very gratifying.Not only did everyone mention just how much they had learned working with the still life in front of them , but it showed in the work too. […]

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