John Peace has been working on the Still life course with tutor Alan Dedman. John has created two superb paintings for his first set and his introductory letter is below. We hope that our prospective students can gain some confidence from reading it. Not everyone is confident about their artwork and it can be a big step to send work in to your tutor. If you are hesitating, hopefully this will be a huge encouragement to you. Our tutors are all very friendly and will guide you every step of the way.
I am submitting my first lot of work for your assessment. The quality of work I feel is dreadfully poor but I suppose that is why I have enrolled on the course in order to improve! With having a wife who spent a year on a Foundation Course at Goldsmiths many years ago I have already had some guidance or perhaps I should describe it as harsh reality criticism! I have been through the exercises you have outlined although I have to admit that despite buying sugar paper I was unable to manage that successfully partly because all were of similar colour rather than dark, medium and light shades. I understand where you are coming from, however, in regard to shape and identifying tone. You will see that I took photos of my still life studies before starting them. I have tried as far as I can to do as you recommend. Unfortunately, I do not have the steadiest of hands and my sight is not great but I hope this should not be too much of a handicap.
I look forward to hearing from you.