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. 

Contemporary Artist-YUE MINJUNO- 1st May

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‘What was important to me was the creation part of painting. But it seems that something has changed. Maybe it’s the way money is becoming more important in society. I’m actually trying to make sense of the world. There’s nothing cynical or absurd in what I do. At first you think he’s happy, but when you look more carefully, there’s something else there. A smile doesn’t necessarily mean happiness; it could be something else.”-Yoe Minjun

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As you can see in the painting above, Yoe Minjun has in fact painted himself, with a huge grin across his face. Due to the style and the subject of Munjun’s work, some critiques label him as part of the Cynical Realism movement, however Munjun has mentioned in previous interviews, that he does not like to be labelled into any sort of movement or school.

I personally like the fact that Munjun’s first pieces of work were at first, based around self- expression before he built -up his own style.

In my own work, I feel like I have gone down the same route and my final piece will hopefully represent my own style, which I have picked up after having the opportunity to explore what I am capable of, during my time on the course. 

More work by YOE MUJUN pictured below

Sketch for Final Piece- 25th April

Below is an image of a quick sketch, which I have drawn out in preparation for my final piece. I have taken some original images of my Dad, which I will be using to paint a portrait on a big scale.

As I have mentioned previously, I am going to be working on one of the biggest scales I have worked on yet. I feel that this sketch has helped me to gain an idea of the impact of the subject and how it will look on a much bigger scale. Overall, I think that I will be moving forward with the pictures, which I shot of my Dad, as I feel that his skin and features will be effective, when I decided to add roughness and texture to my painting.

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After I had drawn out the first sketch, I did consider thinking about creating a portrait with the subject’s eyes being closed, however once I had completed the piece below, I knew that it would not look right and would definitely not accomplish the impact, which I want my final piece to make.

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As I have also mentioned in my previous blog, I have been creating some continuous line drawings, which are helping me to become more loose with my method of drawing, which should hopefully flow through to my painting skills.

As you can see the build- up of different lines effectively create a fairly unusual portrait, which I feel works well. The fact that the lines aren’t positioned thoughtfully, adds interest and a quaint sort of element.

Experimentation/ Time Lapse – 6th April

Recently, I decided that I would create some more time- lapses, which would help me to be critical of my painting and drawing technique. I have recently been looking at a variety of different Artists, who are bold and more importantly, confident with their brush stroke, which I personally like. Below is a time- lapse I have created after having a discussion with Sally about my progression of Final Major Project.

As you can see I stuck to a more warmer selection of colours, and I wasn’t too particular with my positioning of the facial features of the subject. Thinking about the choice of warmer tones, I had been thinking about Kadinsky, within my work, which led me to listen to a more upbeat selection of music and in conclusion, I believe the music did help me to be more bolder within my way of working.

Upon reflection, I really liked this spontaneous way of working, and so I painted another portrait in a slightly different style, as pictured below. However, you may notice that the tones in this portrait are considerably cooler and this could be conjunctive with the choice of music, which I chose to listen to; a more calming selection, which I personally prefer to the other portrait, which comes off more harshly.

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Placing both of the paintings together, you can really see the differences within the way I have worked despite- still focusing on the same subject. If I was to be critical of my work, I would say that as I progress with my styles, I should think about texture, and how that could express a certain mood e.g rough surface reflecting a feeling of anger.

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Feedback from Peter- 28th March

I recently spoke to Peter about my current work, and he advised me with a few different things. Peter began by looking through my work, and he liked the collages, which I have recently been working on. After looking at my work, he came up with some artists, which I could have a look at to influence me. He then showed me some photo- realistic work by Chuck Close, which I have recently been studying after watching an interesting documentary about his career after he suffered from prosopagnosia.

I found the documentary to be insightful and it definitely made me feel motivated to try painting in a different way. I have recently been experimenting with acetate and over- laying drawings onto it, as you can see below. I like this concept and would like to develop it onto incorporating colours.

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Furthermore, after taking the idea of partially covering portraits, to create a dramatic effect, I recently tried experimenting with acrylic paints and photographs, as you can see below. I purposely created smudges, to create subtle gestures of facial features, which I feel has worked really effectively. I also like the array of colours against the black and white photograph.

Personally, when I look at this piece, I feel eager to learn more about the character in the photograph i.e. age, skin tone etc. Additionally, I am intrigued by the prospect of vandalism and distorting and manipulating an idea into something else. I am an avid reader of certain types of poetry, and the poem “Sunny Prestatyn’ by Philip Larkin strongly brought to mind an idea, which is similar to the concept of corrupting photographs.

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The poem expresses the idea of a poster advertisement for a holiday resort, which was once “sunny” and great, however over time, the place becomes distorted from the ideals of what one might expect, when one visualises a seaside, tourist attraction. But if the reader reads between the lines, the poster of the girl, was “slapped up” and the poem takes a dark turn as we think of abuse and women being degraded in society.

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In my own work, I want people to “read between the lines” and gather a deeper meaning from what is just straight in front of them.

Collage/Development- 27th March

I have been working on some collages on Photoshop as you can see below. I have been trying to combine an element of abstract with people seeing as I am exploring the idea of distortion. Personally I like the texture, which I have created around the facial area in the first image, and I like the fact that there is a clear line around the small image to create an effective and dramatic juxtapostion.

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In the image below, I feel that the direction of the lines create a sense of dynamism and movement; as though they could represent a gust of wind perhaps. The expression of the character in the photo also adds to the full effect of the work. If I was to spend more time thinking about the composition, I might choose to add more depth to the tones in the face, so that she stands out more amongst the vivid lines of light.

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