1st week back at LFAS and new journal!

London Fine Art Studios Journal

Hello my name is Nneka Uzoigwe and I am a second year student at LFAS. As a newly awarded recipient of the De Laszlo Foundation Scholarship I have been invited to keep a blog documenting my time at the studios! A bit about me, I am an aspiring artist who came to study here last November, where I began the foundation course once a week for ten weeks. I found this extremely informative and encouraging after a year of self-instructed studying and became a full time student at the beginning of January.

Still life set up
Still life set up

I thought I would begin with a look back at one of my favourite compositions I’ve painted previously. One of the many important things I’ve learnt in still life class is how to set one up. You are encouraged to come in with your own ideas and given help and advice about composition and lighting. This one of Delphiniums and a copper pot was naturally lit with a soft daylight from the studio window and wet tissue was wrapped around the tips of the flowers to stop them wilting so quickly.

My painting at different stages on cut linen

As with the atelier tradition of teachers working alongside students, in class teacher Archie Wardlaw chose to paint this set up next to me. This was a rather ambitious and challenging composition for me to take on within a day’s lesson, so it was highly beneficial to have my teacher demonstrating as well as critiquing.  It gave me a point of reference and a clear sense of how to tackle the different stages of the painting.  From observing Archie’s approach, I learnt that making the right choices in terms of value and colour and by following a logical order of application, I could complete my painting with a lot more speed.

 

 

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