Transporting Final Piece- 19th May

As you can see in the images above, I recently transported my completed final piece to college in preparation for the exhibition. As I have previously mentioned, my piece measures 8ftx4ft, and so I had to borrow a pick-up truck to move it.

I firstly began by wrapping up my painting, so that it would be less likely to get damaged during transportation. The journey from my house to college is around a twenty minute drive, so there was the risk of it getting damaged or flying off the back off the truck, and so I made sure that everything was securely held down by placing heavy, metal plinths over it.

As I arrived to college, I asked some fellow students to come and assist me in carrying my piece up the four flights of stairs, which was admittedly hard work. Overall, I would say that the transport process went well and I am relieved to have gotten everything into its final order.

As you can see in the image above, I was considering adding a sort of time lapse, using a series of different photos which demonstrate the progression of my work. However, after having difficulties with printing, I am unsure about whether I will include the time lapse .

As you can see in the image above, my piece is going to be exhibited in the position it has been placed in the photo.

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Outdoor Shoot- 16th May

I recently decided to take some pictures of my good friend, who is a model, as I felt that i would be able to gain some valuable experience seeing as I haven’t had much chance to shoot people in the outdoors. I particularly like the visual look of sepia effects and photographs, which have a Polaroid- style effect to them and so, I decided I would try and echo the images below of Lana Del Rey ( a singer, who is often styled in classy 60s-inspired dresses, 70s style sweaters and skinny jeans.

As you can see, I have inserted images of the final outcome below and overall, I was pleased with the results and I would say that the top photo is my personal favourite. The images also tie- in with my theme of distortion; Ebony appears to be confused and startled amongst the blurred background, which instigates a sense of movement.

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I like the fact that this image has a blurred effect to it; strongly reminds me of a photo from the 80’s at a festival. The greenery in the background with the subtle hints of purple are visually pleasing. 

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I like the fact that Ebony is looking away from the camera, the branch protruding from the bottom middle of the photo adds interest to the picture as a whole. 

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Final Piece Update – 10th May

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I have been continuing with my final Piece and as I mentioned in the last post, I have been making good progress. 

As you can see, the images above show my previous development, which continues to the images below. I feel that the tones to the painting are merging well together and I recently decided to add the colour green, which I personally think adds definition to the subject.

Throughout my work, I have been constantly thinking about the different Artists, which I have recently been studying such as Elly Smallwood, and I have been making sure that my work is in some ways conjunctive with their styles without echoing their work too much. Furthermore, I feel that it has been important for me to keep other Artist’s in mind as it encourages me to be more open with my palette and brush movements. 

As you can see in the image below, you may be able to see that there is are some lines from where the paint had ran down the board, which seems to add interest to the painting on a bigger scale.

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I was also faced with the problem of the sun shining onto my board, however I think the image below works well as the light is only highlighting certain aspects of the painting, which I think creates a visually interesting photograph. Overall, I feel that this piece still has a long way to go before it reaches it’s completion, but I want to carry on with the direction, which I have so far taken. 

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Artist Research-Vincent Van Gogh- 5th May

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“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

I have recently been looking at the Artist called Vincent Van Gogh, who is thought to have been one of the greatest dutch artists after Rembrandt. I became intrigued by his work after seeing some of his famous pieces of work at the Tate in London. 
Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, highly influenced 20th century art. He struggled with mental illness, and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. Van Gogh died in France on July 29, 1890, at age 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
As it states above, Van Gogh died in a tragic way, and I personally believe that his mental struggles had some sort of contribution to his popularity in today’s society.
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‘Starry Night’

I love the movement displayed in the painting above and the cool tones, bring about a feeling of calmness .

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When I look at the image above, I immediately think of a warm breeze, due to the movement of the brush strokes in the painting, which have a strong sense of dynamism to them.
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‘Sunflowers’

After doing some background research on the painting above, I learnt that Vincent painted a series of four sunflower paintings, which were intended to be used as a decoration for Gogh’s friend, who lived in the so called Yellow- House, where Gogh and Gauguin worked together between October and December 1888.
The dying flowers are built up with thick brushstrokes (impasto). The impasto evokes the texture of the seed-heads. Van Gogh produced a replica of this painting in January 1889, and perhaps another one later in the year. The various versions and replicas remain much debated among Van Gogh scholars. 

8ft x 4ft Oil Painting/Final Piece- 1st May

I have recently begun work on my final piece, which has so far turned out fairly well. As you can see in the first image, I had already completed the preparation for my board, which I have discussed in a blog post prior.

I began with the eyes, as I feel that they are the most important feature of the image I am painting and require a higher level of detail. If you look closely, you can also see that I had faintly marked out the outline of my Dad’s face, to make the painting process much easier.

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I decided that Oil Paint would be the best form of paint for me to use, as I have the most experience using it and so, I knew that there would be a smaller chance of me having issues with blending and layering the paint. As you can see in the image below, I was keen to make sure that I incorporated a wide range of pastel/nude tones, as I felt that these colours add a certain level of interest to the painting, due to the fact that they don’t necessarily go accordingly with the colours from the actual image of the picture, which I had taken of my Dad.

I like that the colours do not match the picture and that I have taken on a more sporadical method of applying my paint, as I want my painting to serve a different purpose, rather than just echoing a picture; I wanted to create a sense of movement and dynamism and that is why I might choose to leave areas of the board unpainted.

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As you can see, I have been recording the progress of my painting and I feel that it is important to capture the profession of the start to the end. Also, I did mention to Sally, that I would be producing a non-stop time lapse, which could be included in the final show, however I didn’t think I would be able to fit such a long video onto my memory card and so, I have decided to take lots of images instead, which will hopefully work together as a slideshow.

Yacht Varnish/Priming – 26th April

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I have begun preparation for my Final Piece, and as you can see in the image above, the scale of my piece is considerably big and I have already been challenged with some issues.

As you may also notice, I am holding a can of varnish, which is pictured below, which I applied onto my board. Unfortunately though, the finish, which the varnish gave was visually not pleasing and I also felt that it just did not seem to make a difference to the feel of the board; as though the varnish had not effectively worked as a filler.

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After I had applied the ‘quick dry varnish’, I decided to go back to wilkinson’s and purchase the ‘clear, satin yacht varnish’, which I then applied to the other side of the board. Overall, the yacht varnish worked well and when I look back at the start of my project, I should have initially bought the yacht varnish instead of being impatient and opting for the ‘quick dry’.

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“The Warped Ordinary” Proposal/Final Draft -25th April

Over the course of the past few weeks, I have been working on my proposal and coming up with a plan, according to my FMP. I have had a few discussions with Sally about how it’s going, and I have reached the stage, of it being completed.

As you can see, I have attached an image of the document below, and I feel satisfied with my final draft.

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