Dear Cleo 17 07 03

Dear Cleo

I missed you this morning, you were still asleep when I called to drive Auburn to his Nana’s, no problem, I will catch up with you at the weekend. I have finished part 2 of the course and this is how I think it went.

Demonstration of visual and technical skills

Again Mickos has used a wide range of materials, his visual skills are increasing and it was good to see the development of his sketches into fully worked pieces and great that he managed to retain the immediacy of his sketches in the worked up pieces. He needs to concentrate more on transferring his memories allied with his sketches to make believable three dimensional spaces and figures perhaps using models to fill in the gaps in his memory. Over this part of the course he has loosened up in his final pieces, striving less for realism and more for atmosphere. The portrait piece was a little tight, which is only to be accepted when striving to achieve a likeness, but there was still an exciting range of mark making techniques in the piece. He is starting to master the techniques of Charcoal and chalk and it is about time he begins to try ink to see if he can carry his developing expressiveness across into this medium. He has not forgotten the compositional skills he learned at part1 but maybe the assignment piece could have benefitted from the edge on the pool table I suspect the mount to perform this function. (30%)

Quality of outcome

Mickos is growing into the Dear Cleo format of his blog which remains easy to navigate and well written. There is also signs of discernment beginning to appear I think this may be due to Mickos being less afraid to show his thinking process and his faltering steps that add depth to the final resolution. He is beginning to feel original in his work and is slowly developing a voice that whilst still firmly based on a continuum is worthy but still needs more exercise in a Karaoke forum to help it develop. (11%)

Demonstration of creativity

I am pleased with the creativity that Mickos has shown in the assignment piece, he has shown that he fully understands the creativity of Cornelia Parker and has transferred it to his own work with ease, showing that he understands many of the concepts of what a drawing is or can be. There is a slight experimentation with collage in the assignment that I feel needs to be fostered and allowed to bloom to bring on Mickos’ efforts going forward. I was a little disappointed in the quantity of his work for this part of the course but I have a distinct feeling this is a temporary blip (12%)


Mickos’ reading of twentieth century texts is increasing his ability to follow the progression of art history into contemporary art, he appears to be taking his time with this, which in the long term can only be beneficial and deepen his understanding. Mickos has gone through a tough few months but he has harnessed his emotions and is beginning to release them in his artwork. His new found interest in the futility of politics will hopefully bear fruit in the future.(12%)




Mickos’ overall score is well down at 65% on his previous best of 81% and apart from the distraction he has been through, I tend to feel he is laying solid foundations for the course going forward. With more regular practice and maybe slightly less theory he may realise the promise he is beginning to show.

Well Cleo, Mickos has overcome the trials and tribulations of part two of the course by the skin of his teeth, but I am back on the horse now, and relishing the challenge again.

My love as always,

Mickos xx