‘Exercise doodling’

Questions from OCA drawing 1 folder:

‘Which drawing tools suited the different mark making techniques you used?’

Colored pens were good for making sharp lines and would be good for specific, detailed work. The pencils varied on paper, 3H and 6B had crayon like effects, which would be good for shading.

‘How did holding your pen or pencil in a different way affect your drawing?’

I think I felt more relaxed using the pencils that were good at shading, the pens felt more precise and felt like you had more careful in how you used them, that you didn’t want to make mistakes. The shading pencils were more free to use in a bolder way.

‘Did you find any marks or tools you used matched particular emotions or feelings? ‘

Not sure.

‘How did the introduction of colour (soft pastels, conte crayons) affect your mark-making?’

I did not use conte crayons and soft pastels, although I would like to use them in future work, but I did use a pen with a variety of different colors that you could switch back and forth from and the pen added a new dimension of sorts to the mark making, felt more bolder and sharper using the pen than pencils.

‘Which of these experiments have you found most interesting and rewarding?’

Difficult to say, perhaps the doodling, it was more difficult than I expected to allow myself to have the freedom to create.


Vincent Van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh used a variety of short and curved lines in different directions which gives the work a feeling of movement, and expression. It is not known for sure, but some have thought the ‘Whirlpool galaxy’ by Lord Rosse could of been a source of inspiration for the Starry Night. The effects used by the pen and/or ink for the night sky in the Starry Night create a swirling flowing effect across the sky. The fields almost give the impression of waves and some of the plants or trees look like in once place on the work, that they meet the sky.

Research: Mary Fedden

Mary Fedden was born in Bristol in 1915. She usually worked in oil or
gouache and would prime and stretch canvasses herself, but then she
used canvases already put in order. She was commissioned for
many murals. She did murals for the Festival of Britain, P & O Liner
Canberra, Charing Cross Hospital and Colindale Hospital.

She typically featured landscapes, still life’s and often animals,
usually cats or birds, in her work.

Mary Fedden’s art usually features 2D forms. She was not into making
representational work. Her drawings have simplicity, and almost a
child like quality, but Fedden had a great sense of composition.
Pablo Picasso was once quoted as saying, ‘It took me four years to
paintlike Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.’

Collectors would pay students to queue overnight, or collectors
themselves would queue overnight at Mary Fedden’s studio in Durham
Wharf to buy Mary Fedden’s art.


Simplicity of Mary Fedden’s style is captured here in this scene,
with still life from windowsill. I like the detail of the stone in
the windowsill which adds a depth to the drawing and stops the
drawing from looking bland.

‘Window View Drawing
Pencil Drawing: 21 x 28 inches, Signed’



Mary Fedden traveled to many countries. She would get inspiration for
her work from sketchbooks, or from looking at things of from people.

In this drawing, Mary Fedden manages to convey, using simple shading
techniques, the feeling of the Mediterranean.

‘A vase of sunflowers and moths in front of a Mediterranean building’

‘pencil on paper’


Mary Fedden would not create typical still life set ups, but would
often draw and/or paint unrelated objects and make them into a
composition. She liked to keep objects instill life’s separate,
as she did not like when objects extended over other objects.

‘Still Life in Greek Landscape’

Pencil Drawing: 21 x 28 inches, Signed’



Mary Fedden’s sketchbooks would be produced in black and white,
no color.

Mary Fedden’s sketchbook



‘Still Life of a vase , flowers , jug and fruit on a table , Signed.
Monochrome , pen and ink.
Measurements: 56 cm x 38 cm ( unframed)’


Mary Fedden was married to Julian Tevelyan. He died in 1988.

Mary Fedden died in 2012.


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