A-level Art Revisited - Coursework - at
Swindon College )
was permitted four, A1 size sheets of card on which
to mount a preparatory study to be taken into the
examination for reference. Swindon College, graciously
funded the model, who stood in a difficult pose for
over 10 hours (excluding breaks) out of the 14 hours
and 50 minutes, it took to complete the painting.
work submitted to the examination board, photographed
and scanned for presentation within these pages, may
not have been possible without the commitment and
encouragement of my tutors, Greg May and Ros Clarkson,
in partnership with the patient efforts of the college
staff models, Sue, Brian, Jackie, Vicky and Clare,
to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude.
The Work of
Leonardo da Vinci
The Work of
Painting in Maine
Light and Tone
first project was dedicated to a variety of line and
tone drawings that naturally stemmed from the discipline
and work that had begun earlier in America. My specific
focus, was to observe the form, and analyse the tonal
effects of light on the figure when presented strongly
from a particular direction.
former years, my drawing had been influenced generally
by the inventiveness of Leonardo
da Vinci (1452-1519),
and the detail of Albrecht
along with the training that I had initially received
at Rycotewood College in technical drafting and illustration.
was fortunate to meet the late Ernest Hemingway's
former sparring partner and artist friend, Henry
during a visit to Ogunquit, Maine, in the summer of
1975. After observing me draw his model, and before
introducing himself, he graciously permitted me to
finish the drawing, with encouragement for me to explore,
and persist with my own developing style.