Graduation for the SBA Distance Learning Diploma course 6 is on the 15th April at the Artists Guild, Blomsbury, which coincides with the SBA annual show, 'The World of Plants'. I hope to head down to London for this event. I also have paintings included in the exhibition and look forward to seeing the wide variety of work - last year over 700 paintings were on show!
Here are the final diploma portfolio works:
Difficult to photograph this one because of the light pencil work - there's a bit more to it which includes the reproductive parts x 1.5 on the right but it didn't show up so I cropped the image. Again perhaps a bit more contrast on the pencil work would have benefitted this one. (23.8/25).
Having had a few 'out of the blue' things to deal with in Feb and March, I had to spend some time away from home for a while, as a resut I found myself with only 3 days left to complete my final diploma piece! It seemed inevitable that I'd have to defer until next year, but following encouragement from Margaret Stevens, I picked up one of the few remaining bouquets from the supermarket on my way home. It had a very limited palette and I'd no idea what variety of tulips they were - but decided to give it my best shot! I tracked down the very helpful tulip grower via email and he helped me to identify the flowers. It did the trick and I managed to get it in the post on time. There's a slight misalignment on the stem on the right hand tulip, which probably cost me - I'll correct this at some point. The judges particularly liked the detail and tone in the central anemone. (23.6/25)