Thursday, 20 December 2012


The third symbol for my commissioned piece will be a collection of jars. This is taken from the passage in the bible in 2 Corinthians 4:7, which says:
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us".

This makes me think about all the people who volunteer their time in the cafe and bookshop. Some customers are troubled with addiction, are grieving or have the burden of worry. The Hope Centre is a place where they can be welcomed with a smile, spend as much time as they need and there is always someone who can sit with them and listen. God's treasure, his grace, spills out from these people, as through the cracks in fragile clay jars.

These are some pages from my sketchbook, looking at composition, shapes and colours.

Monday, 17 December 2012


A couple of the trustees requested doves for the commissioned piece as a symbol of peace and hope. Here are some of the examples I showed them and they chose this one. They preferred the way this one was positioned rather than the open winged ones below where the dove could be seen to be more aggressive as if to attack.

I also tried a paper cut dove which has made me think about experimenting with lino cut printing as an alternative or addition. It was agreed that the symbolic images should be more distinguishable than the example below right.


One of the elements for the painting will be pomegranates. They are very symbolic fruit, used widely throughout art. Their symbolism is linked with resurrection, life and fertility. For this commission piece I am including them as a symbol of hope and love. 
I have always loved this fruit and have spent many hours as a little girl, picking the seeds out with a needle.
These images are from my sketchbook. The top one is acrylic and I love the violet iron oxide which gives a lovely rich purple red colour.

This one is a more sketchy. I used acrylic inks this time. Red oxide was used with a bamboo drawing pen for mark making and gold was used as a wash for colour. The background is acrylic paint.
I also did some quick reference sketches of the fruit cut in half and segments.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Commission Preparations

As part of my Foundation Degree, I have to find and complete a commission.

My commission is to create a mixed media large canvas for a christian bookshop and cafe. I am working with the board of trustees and they have asked for something which will be uplifting and link with the theme of HOPE. 

My first considerations have been connected with colour. I want a colour scheme that will touch the emotions of peace and positivity.

Here are some experimentations in my sketchbook. Blues and greens are colours associated with calm, tranquility and peaceful harmony. Pastel shades are also more pleasing. 

I love using texture in my work, so experimented with layers of coloured tissue to see what effects were produced when colours are placed on top. The semi transparent nature of the tissue allows the colours underneath to show through.