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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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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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.

Artist Research/ Scale of Work – 14th April

As we draw nearer the final stages of creating our final pieces, I have been thinking about the sizing of my work and the costings, which will be involved with buying all of the tools, which are necessary for completing my piece.

I began by thinking about the kind of impact, which I want to create, when people look at my final piece and so I began by looking into the idea of “How Scale in Art Influences the Viewing Experience”. I discovered from my research, that scale does not actually represent the size of something, but it is more about the size of an object in relation to another.

After recently getting the chance to visit The Tate Modern in London, I got the chance the witness the use of Scale and the impact it personally has on me. Firstly, I cam across the piece of artwork, which is pictured below by Magdalena Abakanowicz, a Polish sculptor, who just recently passed away. I felt that her work held an organic sort of feel, and I am aware that she was very much into the study of biological systems and regeneration. In response to receiving a commission in 1979, for the Venice Benalle, Abakanowicz began to create lots of these soft shapes, which were compared to ‘rounded like bellies, or elongated like mummies”.

I feel that the picture below does not justify the grand scale of the piece as a whole, however when I walked into this exhibit, the concept of the sublime immediately came to mind; I felt overwhelmed and insignificant. When I create my final piece, I want the onlooker to feel dwarfed by the scale of my work.

Contrarily, I would agree that small- scale work can also be just as effective as bigger -scale work, however I have personally never got the chance to go above A1, and so I feel that the Foundation provides me with the perfect opportunity to be brave with size.

After deciding upon my size, I have begun to look at the different types of board, which would be suitable for painting onto and a primer, which would make my painting application easier.

Below, I have created a list of things, which I need to purchase in preparation for my final piece and the estimated cost of the different materials.

  • Winsor & Newton Artists’ Acrylic White Gesso – £8.40
  • Board- £15
  • Paintbrush- £2.59
  • White Oil Paint-2.00

Total approximate cost=27.99

 

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.