Rachael Herman

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Graphite Pencil Study (08/12), R.Herman

It’s been a while. Around 2 months in fact. That’s not to say that I have been neglecting my artistry on account of it being the Summer hols, no sir. I have in truth been beavering away, website designing of all things (more on that in a later post!). I have also been presented with the fantastic opportunity to impress some of my (questionable) artistic prowess onto the minds of the young. In other words I have myself a tutee; an apprentice if you will, not dissimilar to the great masters themselves. No really, it has been wonderful to not only be asked to teach someone the basics, but to actually share in the achievement of completing a beautiful piece of work. (I am sounding far too emotional, forgive me, I shall stop.) Anyway, the graphite study above is the result of one of these tutoring sessions. One may recognise this as a rip-off of a drawing that is already in existence, and one would be correct. I have merely forgotten who the artist and subject are. Whoops. Please don’t let that put you off, however, I am simply using these little studies as an excuse to start blogging again, rather than claiming they are great pieces of work!

Enjoy,

Rach.

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Poppies (04/2012), R.Herman

Oil on linen canvas, 50cm x 50cm

This still life study was created using the old faithful, oil paints partnered with a new friend, the linen canvas. As it was a commission, I was initially going to base the piece on your run-of-the-mill google image of some poppies, however, I thought no, I am going to force myself to work from life. And I am so pleased I did, as I was able to get a proper feel for how the light – if a bit dingy – effected the overall appearance of the petals, creating a rather wonderful array of colours and shadows.

The composition is a bit of a Georgia O’Keefe rip off, mind – although minus the connotations with female genitalia… I don’t think my friend would be too pleased with that.

All Saints, Mattishall (04/2012)

‘Twas a rain-ragged evening when I stumbled across this gem of a photo opportunity. Incidentally, I happened to have my trusty Nikon D90 on me whilst driving around my home village, which was a relief when I noticed the amber glow of the church light bursting cheerily out against the dull, heavy grey of the dusk sky. It was so exciting I just had to stop and steal the scene for myself to keep.