Thursday, 19 October 2017
Because this succulent is very easy to grow, I have, over the years, sunk branches of it into the ground all around my house. Therefore, it currently looks as if the garden areas are glowing with radiance.
As per usual, I began with pen & paper, mapping quickly what I could see & changing that first study into more solid shapes.
I was thinking about how much I disliked it!
I recognised that, actually, that background colour just wasn't working for me & it may have been better...in hindsight NOT to add the sewn lines!
Most of all...those flowers did NOTHING for me at all, they were insipid & certainly did not express the vibrant energy of the initial source of inspiration!
So, when I got up this morning, I went into my workroom & did this;
Because the eye is focused more strongly there, the background fabric does actually fade back, as it is supposed to.
All in all a fun little experiment & I'm glad I was delayed in writing this blog!
Timing is often... everything!!
Monday, 9 October 2017
This week I've been particularly focused on the work of Mondrian, whose grid paintings are his most famous. Mondrian's grid paintings were non-objective, which means they weren't inspired by or meant to represent anything in particular.
Because I LIKE referring to something real in my own art creating, and because grids have been on my mind... I wondered whether I could try developing a grid pattern inspired by a plant?
There's no reason why not!
By already knowing the style I wanted to attempt, I leapt straight into exploring with pens, paper & paint. Only minor changes were varied from drawing to drawing, but even so, lots of thought accompanied each one.
Composition was important, as was proportion...then there was the balance of colour!
Using a simple colour palette, I set to work tracing my final design onto the uppermost layer before...
The one I needed to make was whether to leave the heavier black lines in situ, or whether to cut them back creating more pockets of white.
The piece could have been left at this point, but I felt it needed a little more movement & variety of line.
Looking at it now, having completed it a few hours ago, I think those thin lines need a little more weight to them, as they are just a bit too spindly looking. Never the less, I'm very pleased with this outcome and I certainly enjoyed the challenge of it.
One thing I've learnt both from my course work and from this little exercise is that, just because something LOOKS simple, doesn't mean that it has been simple to complete as a resolved composition!
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Whilst some ARE daisies, other's have no reference to daisydom on their name tags, yet still have that characteristic look.
Therefore, I decided to work with all 5 of them today in a hope that I might create a design that can be used to include each of them.
I began with pen & paper, where I recorded each flower's unique combination of petals & centre.
Simple as they are, I am VERY pleased with these & like the way that they aren't all centred in the square. Just with these rough sketches I can see the potential for them to become something more developed.
I'd had an idea a few months back, that I thought I'd like to try in my weekly art projects & this seemed the appropriate design to try it out on. You'll see what I do with those scraps soon, but just take a moment to say, "WOW! Doesn't it look impressive even here as a giant black daisy shape against that backdrop of colour!"
I could have quite easily left it here, but no....I stuck to the plan!
Even so, If I'm honest, were I to do this again, I would leave it at the black daisy stage & develop it a bit more from there, because to me, that is the more interesting of the 3 transitional daisies.
Once again, it has been a very worthwhile exercise & a good place to try out possibilities.
Saturday, 23 September 2017
All in all I am quite pleased with this outcome & I am particularly pleased with the colour combination. I like the effectiveness of the black background, which, although not accurate in terms of the garden, it is aestheticly more dramatic & pleasing to the eye! Well....mine anyway!
Saturday, 16 September 2017
We've had a lot of lovely rain lately, which translates into LOTS of spring growth! The bees are loving my garden at the moment & I am happy to help them out...they need as much help as they can get!!
My lavender speckles the green foliage with it's purple heads...so beautiful...and a worthy muse for this week's art project.
I knew I wanted to play with the linear cutback work I've been developing, but still needed this all important part of the process to help get me on my way. The green striped background came together well, but I wasn't sure where to go with my lavender stems!! Tempted as I was to do them as straight vertical lines, I chose to stick with their various curves, which made a more interesting combination of lines.
Aside from realising that I got a couple of the purples the wrong way around, I am relatively pleased with it as a sample piece. Were I to try it again, I think I would like a less contrasting stem colour & I'd carefully place the purples on top of the stem colour, so that they become the more dominant feature. I certainly see potential for an interesting piece here & am a teensy bit frustrated that I can't drop everything I'm working on at the moment to explore this further! Such is life! At least I have a starting point for future work!
Even though this has been a very quick WAP, it has still been valuable as a learning tool. This piece is #46 of my 52 week project, & I am starting to think about what next after this. The discipline has been so worthwhile that I'd like to keep it up. Hmmmm, I shall continue to ruminate on the subject & will keep you posted!!