I approached this exercise to expand and explore how different materials can describe certain textures, surfaces and colours. I chose the still life objects to contrast with each other in colour and texture and put together a smooth, shiny, black worn leather boot, a hard, solid mottled grey pestle and mortar and a few soft, vibrant yellow bananas. Setting this on a blue towel as … Continue reading Part 2, Project 2, Ex 3 – experimenting with multi media.
Pointillism is a very interesting concept. I decided to do a mono chrome piece using three tones of blue to express the light in a still life. Initially the thought of filling an A3 page with dots was quite daunting, however as soon as I started I found it incredibly therapeutic. Choosing a composition lit by a candle to bring out a heavy contrast of … Continue reading Part 2, Project 2, Ex4- Monochrome. Joining the dots, Tea Time by Candle Light.
Exposing the scaffold. There is something about a finished picture that to me seems….well, unfinished. Not in its completeness, but in its capacity. A building may look impressive, but the appreciation of the fundamental skill that was involved in the whole process is lost in obscurity, covered by a gleaming exterior, poor Wren collecting all his thoughts and experiences of life to erect his domes, … Continue reading The (Un)Whole picture (in progress)
I wanted to use a bit of mixed media to work on a few abstract ideas with this project as well as the preliminary quick sketches of the rooms to try and get a varied depth of perception to indicate more of a movement that you would find actually walking around the rooms and viewing them from different angles. To start with I made some … Continue reading Part 2, project 3 – Ex 1 Quick sketches around the home.
Inspired by the ideas of the old masters of still life, for this project I decided to arrange a composition that was more personal to me, so, choosing objects that symbolised a personal journey of my life seemed intriguing. The set up was inspired by Cornelis Norbertus with regards to the still life continuing from the flat surface and up onto the backdrop being a … Continue reading Part 2, Project 2, ex 2 Still life using tone and colour.
What a word says and what it is intended to mean can be a bit of a grey area when it comes to human speech. When a dog, or a cat, or a grizzly bear is angry, it tends to make itself clear. As is the same when they are complacent, happy or tired. Humans on the other hand tend to complicate language to portray … Continue reading A look between the lines. (In progress)
Charred wood, rope, dead leaves and tree bark gave me excellent scope to explore lines and flow in the texture of the surfaces of these objects. There were all similar in consistency and substance so I used this collection to pull them together in a natural movement. I went for a triangular arrangement reminiscent of a bonfire in a sense. Trying out different mediums I … Continue reading Part 2, Project 2, Ex 1, Still life using line.
Studying for still life seemed a little bit… well, still, on first thoughts. It wasn’t until I wrote a critique on the history of still life that I realised actually how diverse it really was. Rich in symbolism, hidden meaning, and an incredibly diverse attitude to the subject spanning hundreds of years. Before I started the exercises I decided to do a bit of practice … Continue reading Part 2 Project 1 Ex 1 Detail and Tone.
Positive and negative space in art refers to the difference between the objects and the shadows that they cast by treating them as two separate entities. Positive being the actual objects themselves, and the negative referring to the space that is occupied or affected by the shadow. Treating them as two separate spaces immediately opens an invitation to manipulate the two planes to merge, separate … Continue reading Positive and Negative space.
Debbie Smyth. The one thing that struck me about Debbie Smyth was her original take on a rather old technique. Something that was often taught to school children which gradually fell out of favour, Smyth’s simplistic and playful use of this medium is taken to a whole new level with her black and white thread depictions of everyday street scenes and people. I feel … Continue reading Artist Critique: Debbie Smyth, Rosie James, Kumi Yamashita. Contours in cotton.