Independent Research. Gallery Visit. Wilson Art Gallery.

I recently searched my nearest proper art gallery, The Wilson, looking for any type of art that I could use to talk about Time and Place. Instead what I found was a perfect example what I think of as art and how, to me, it compares to modern day art.

Below is a fantastically detailed painting by Pierre Jean Hellmans from the 19th century. It is presented in a gorgeous gilt frame and is an absolute delight to view. It gives an immediate sense of time and place, the scene is depicted so well that I could just step through the frame and into the images itself.

Pierre Jean Hellemans ‘Moonlight Scene’about 1815-1845, Oil on Panel

In the same gallery room I found this mixed media ‘Figure by a River’. It took skill to make and still gives a sense of time and place, albeit of a different quality. However, comparing the expertly painted former image with this block painted and paper mache strewn latter sums up how I feel comparing old classic art with modern art. The older stuff, in my opinion, is better quality, more skilled, timeless and infinitely better presented. I know it’s a cliche and I know that one of the many points of this module is to introduce me to the concept that the definition of Art is now as broad and indeterminate as the edge of a sunrise, but it is just not for me. I like the old stuff a lot more!

Randomly, the art gallery also held an exhibition of furniture. I found this wooden chest very interesting. I am attracted to wooden furniture with metal twiddly bits, especially ornate ones such as this. They make me think of exotic places and exploring new lands. Looking at this metal work makes me think of adventurers travelling through jungles, or the Silk Roads or trekking to Macchu Piccu and picking tea in China. So whilst not reminding me of a specific time and place, it makes me imagine new ones very easily!


Greetings Art Fans!

Hi and welcome to another OCA student blog!

My name is Bridge and I am enrolled on the Visual Communications degree pathway.

I have previously completed Illustration One ( and this, Creative Arts Today will be my next module. I intend to pick Graphic Design One as my third module.
I’m taking this degree because I’m a Creative who has accidentally got stuck in the life of an aeronautical engineer. It’s deathly dull and I want to escape, and the best way I can see to do that is with a degree!
I haven’t chosen this module for the best reasons. I’m about to embark on four months on the Falkland Islands with no capacity for art materials and an internet connection that is patchy at best so this looked like my best option for something that I would be able to move forwards with. But from flicking through the course manual I can see that my horizons could do with some broadening and from what I’ve seen so far this module will certainly do it, so, let’s be about it!

Course Introduction Exercises

Exercise One – Tutor contacted.

Exercise Two – Video about how to navigate the OCA site watched.

Exercise Three – Online learning Log set up. I’ve chosen to start a separate page to my initial Illustration Learning Log for two reasons. My Illustration module has been submitted for assessment in July, so far I have had tutor feedback that it is clearly laid out and easy to navigate, I do not want to clutter it up with this next module before the assessors have had a chance to check it out. Also, I want to keep all my Illustration stuff together to enable me to better chart my learning in each topic, so I will find this easier if I keep that previous learning log for Illustration only.

Exercise Four – I was asked to locate an image in the online Bridgeman Education Library using the search term ‘time contemporary’.

Space, Time, Motion, Green

The image is called Space, Time, Motion, Green. It was created out of mixed media in 2010 by an artist called Godlewska de Arabia, Isabella. . Accessed 20/02/19

The 4-5 words I would use to describe it are ‘deep jungle’ and ‘rising light’.

Exercise 5 – This exercise calls for a plan for my studying. It works out at 8 hours study per week for 1 year. Having finished Illustration One which claimed to be the same but in practice proved very different I shall not place too much faith in this classification.

I am about to deploy overseas for 4 months, within that time I shall be on a rigid daily timetable. To that end I forecast I shall be able to input 8 hours Mon-Fri, Saturday I will take a break from it and then Sunday will provide a further 8 hours minimum. At that rate I should be near completion by the end of my tour. Following my tour I will have 4 weeks free to attack whatever is left of the module. I hope (bearing in mind my previous statement about planning timescales) to have this module completed within 6 months.

I will suggest to my tutor that my first assignment submission date be scheduled for March 30th.