Setting up my work 8/04/2014
I had three projects to hand in Subject and two being Field.
I had my blog address as a QR code located on the wall and titles of what works were finals and new subject work etd. Alongside all of my work from a small portfolio demonstrating my favourite pieces I created in Andre’s field, of my discovery that “less is more” which worked very well for my practice, and I will continue to work on it. I also displayed Andre’s piece from my skipping collaboration, alongside my skipping rope which I thoroughly enjoyed and I may continue with it within the future.
My subject work I struggled to continue with. I had a sketchbook full of drawings + David’s field work on my calligraphy studies but I experiemted on paper and canvas and each version could not compare to the original whim drawing in my sketchbook, which I finally decided to use as my final outcome. The piece is of my nanny Price craddiling a dead child, which represented her still born child, as I have mentioned previously she cradled a doll and used to continuously say “stop that baby crying” an being illiterate I decided to write this in the background back to front continuously. The small child is from within my memory which I did wear a red dress, the ginger cat was a companion in that awful place which I played with, and the doll I imagine is her doll the one she cradled and we are embarking our journey in discovering her past.
My second 2D final outcome in subject was a poem I wrote about Death, there is a print off copy and the piece on Youtube located on my studio wall. I was pleased with this as it’s more universal than my personal piece.
David’s field I could continue with for years to come in my practice, I learnt a lot of new skills in tones of colour, and the use of making my own ink as well as using a calligraphy set. I have a lot of ideas to peruse in the future and discovering in Andre’s class “less is more” I took on in this project but unintentionally I found by studying Japonisme and Japanese art held a great influence over me in this and my own practice which I will continue to work on in the future.
Final Outcome DVD 27/04/2014
For Andre’s class my final outcome was a piece called “Quartet” we had to organise a group programme of performance. I originally made a DVD but Andre then required another DVD to express our final piece and not the workshops. I did feel like it wasted my time, but I did learn how to use film cut pro, I experimented with sound, zooming in, fading shots and text. It’s quite difficult, but I can now do the simple settings and I am pleased with my result. (This is also on the DVD)
This video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtzatVztonA
26/04/2014 Final Outcome.
After my continuous drawings in black ink mixed from my calligraphy set I have experimented with Rice paper which sadly did not work as well as I hoped, normal white paper which was too bleached to draw naturally and finally Fabriano paper, which my tutor suggested. This I found worked quite effectively, but I do miss the traditional quality the rice paper did portray. I plan to experiment further with this in the future as it was quite fun and different, but the paper was too small to demonstrate what I wanted as a scroll like effect it would have ripped and torn.
After a lot of experienting wih my calligraphy set and brushes I began naturally producing my own Japonisme style, it is quite interesting how we can become influenced intentionally or unitentionlly. Van Gogh and Hokusai both influeenced me throughout this prpject and I am happy with my result and I plan to continue my research and their unique styles and artwork as guidnece in my practice.
I had spent so long drawing and re drawing images in life and from photographs at Keepers Pond but they were not as effective as I just decided to try a piece from Roath Park. This was crisp, natural and had both traditional Japanese print like qualities and impressionism.
I began drawing on and off throughout this project my 100 drawings task given at the start. This did help me as I accidental spilt some water on a piece of paper and it created a lovely washed out effect which I later added to my final outcome.
I drew a rang of natural objects such as trees, rocks, animals to man-made object being of metal, roads etc and finally quick sketches of wildlife.
This one of a tree is my favourite. I loved how the wash out effect captures the motion and tone of the tree, I may experiment further in the future with this.
This led me to experiment with this image more, it was dark enough to use tones and shades of black, but what captured my eye was the simple naturl wildlife of the trees and the water. I decided to use this piece for my inspiration. Also from my 100 drawing using wet pen ink I added more detail into the leaves and trees which looked perfect in it’s result.
I’, happy with my result, although discovering rice paper was too thin and mounting fabriano paper onto more paper was a awful idea. I had to peel off all the double sided sticky tape I stuck down as the paper began to bubble in the centre as I rolled it like a scroll from each end. If I had more time I would have explored other option though I used duck tape to stick the paper to the wood. I cut the wood from a broom handle and my father shaped it within his work to give off this interesting effect.
I then cut off ribbon from my old dressing gown to hold it together. I will continue to explore Japonisme and Japanese influences as it has helped me in my practice, through skills and various techniques in calligraphy by using special designed brushes and mixing my own ink from wetting the ink stick and grinding the colour out of it.
Recently for my dissertation I have explored Japanisme art and the artists who were influenced from Japanese prints. The main ones’s I have explored have been Vicnet Van Gogh, Monet and Degas, although Degas is actually portraiture with bathers. Van Gogh was inspired directly creating his own versions by Hirosghe and Monet by Hokusai’s study of flowers with his water lilies.
As we can see Van Gogh was greatly influenced by the East. By collecting various prints he studied the use of space in his work and colour.
Van Gogh version.
As we can see there are many similarities and differences between the two artists. After the boarder reopening in Japan in the 19th century, Japanese art became very popular in the West, it was new, traditional and contained history of their society. Japanisme is a style in which the impressionists and post impressionist’s where influenced by from Japanese printmakers. Through colour, subject, nature such as trees, people, the sea etc they both studied and concentrated on the environment around them. Van Gogh’s work is more visibly pronounced in his interests in Japanese art and all throughout his life, we can clearly see his development and influence.
16/04/2014 Exploring other options
After experimentation with various mediums this term I have struggled to capture my vision of outcomes. I have explored using single tones of colour on traditional rice paper. But it is now I have come to realise, I cannot make a scroll from this easily, as the paper is too thin and would rip easily, so I have to explore other methods to draw and paint upon.
This had led me to explore water colour paper, this was suggested by David as the paper is thicker. But to make sure I worked in my sketchbook and it worked more effectively, allowing the colour to stand out more successfully than previously on rice paper.
I experimented with the different calligraphy brushes to explore which I preferred the small brown ended brush.
Here I practised with watered down ink and the four different lengths to see what mark making could be do on water colour paper. It’s different, I still prefer rice paper, but I think the new fabrino paper I just bought should work quite effectively.
I love how I have captured the landscape here, it’s difficult in comparison to a traditional painting brush, as the calligraphy brushes are thicker, and by using too much water makes the ink bleed.
I will continue to experiment with ink and watercolour paper from here on. But I am pleased with my development and recently exploring work for my dissertation I came across a term called Japonisme a French term from impressionist influenced art from the Japanese. This linked wonderfully with tis project and I plan to write more about it for this project and learn.
I finally uploaded my video’s onto Youtube, which I plan to continue doing within the future, as this will express my skills and passion to a wider audience. I have some great idea’s and I cannot wait to continue to pursue them!
My Youtube page final video and in the workshop for Andre can be located here.
Harness Piece, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37ld7GHo_4A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtzatVztonA Final DVD “Quartet” A combination of a group piece exploring using the body to paint with. It consisted of skipping, swimming, stomping with paint and throwing a rugby ball. Individually these piece were unique, but they worked more successful as a group, as we combined our mark making in the centre of the room.
Feet Painting- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBWwv0oeKuk
Food painting- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuRWBsbGFko
Bubble art- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuRWBsbGFko Using bubbles and food colouring to mark mark make with.
Pain-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RjfGqX_idg Over 15 minutes, approximately every 10 seconds I slapped my wrist with a ruler covered in paint. This represented Victorian style punishment in schools via canes/rulers.
Formative Feedback so Far 07/04/2014
I done better than I expected with suggested artists to look at, but I must be on the right track as I have already studied Hokusai and Hiroshige in Japan.
There has been a complete turn around after last crit. You have become immersed in the drawing and have chosen to limit your palette. This has allowed for some beautiful linear / abstracted landscapes to develop with a clear interest in design and the representation of space.
Consider using coloured backgrounds (grey) to unify the images, look at Japanese drawing scrolls. Perhaps enlarge your works to a scroll on Fabriano?
Look at simplified poster design (1930s)
I think David now understands what it is I am trying to achieve, I have to admit I have struggled in this project mentally in trying to decide when I have finished a landscape, by using my Calligraphy inks.
Some works David suggested to me.
The colour palettes are quite relaxing, although I just plan to stick to black and white and perhaps a little blue for rocks etc. I need to experiment more.
This last one is actually a drawing that reminds me of several works of photographs that are so crisp, they actually look like prints.
These are actually photographs and not prints. I was amazed by the crisp detail, it’s so clear and precise. Don hong-oai born in Canton in 1929, Chinese artist Dong Hong-Oai passed away in 2004 at the age of 75. He lived in China, to move to Vietnam to then move finally to the U.S. Not knowing any English he worked on his photography and hired a translator, he was well respected and highly acknowledged. I was amazed by his work, and they still keep me in awe, I still find it hard to believe their actual photographs and not prints. I would love to be able to draw in this style, but that would be very difficult, I would not mind continuing and practising with Chinese inks in the future.