Field Year 2
14/01/2014 – After reflecting over the Christmas holidays about my term and my previous project I felt a bit disappointed that my assessment did not go as well as I hoped. I decided I would continue with that alongside my new work this term and learn and expand my mind and the new skills I would develop throughout this module. We began firstly by warming up to become motivated again, which meant drawing through mark making, this I found was very inspirational and energetic as it helped relax my mind as I do find I struggle to get inspired when there is a paint brush in my hand and a blank white canvas in front of me which can be quite daunting.
Our first task was to stretch our arms, wave them and gently swing them from side to side, which seemed childish but I really got into it and began enjoying myself. Then we had a list of instructions from drawing vertical lines for several minutes, horizontal, circles and zigzags etc it was all very exhausting and at one stage we were allowed to decide which was our favourite and worst.
I found a great majority chose the calming one of soothing zig zags flowing motion unlike myself the only one who chose the challenge of the exhausting one, which seemed to last a life time. But finally after a hour of warm ups the music was turned to a calming soothing tune and we all chose a wall to sit and lean upon and closed our eyes. This was the most content I felt in a long while, my mind soothed and relaxed taking in my breathing allowing the inspiration to flood my mind and there I could have easily slept.
But to my dismay the lights came on and our next task seemed even more exciting there were two massive rolls of paper from the one end of the room spread right throughout to the other. Our task was to only use blue paint and draw by using a part of our body of a single line of the length of the paper. Many used their fingers, arms, feet etc but I used my knee racing the other person.
Furthermore our last task of the day was to draw a single line on our individual wall length paper to begin with then we were shouted at to become angry. I began thinking of unimportant everyday little issues but one stood out that haunts me to this day something in my past, which I hold very dear to me and it was a very difficult complex decision that I made and I wish I held it off until now I suppose, being more mature. I scratched into the paper with my nails punched the paper with my sore, cut knuckles using is as the painting tool. My tutor was very interested about my work as he has voiced on several occasions how angry my artwork is through action painting.
We continued our project by firstly experimenting in the morning using the body as the painting tool. This was quite successful as we all experimented differently such as I used my knee to drag the blue paint across the paper whilst, other members of my group jumped leaving footprints or poured paint carefully in a vertical line down the paper. This was also continued with orange paint, which I think was a excellent choice in colour as the contrast really stands out visually.
This reminded me of Yves Klein a performance artist who uses the body to create art through movement of dragging the female body across the floor.
In the afternoon we all continued with our individuals pieces this was very interesting how people approached it. By looking at other pieces you could see their personalities and moods within the work, I found it remarkably interesting how Andre Stitt, my tutor who is a well respected performance artist found my work very angry in my actions and my posture whilst I admired my work.
We all had the same two colours which was blue and orange and the same tools which were a paintbrush a bucket of water and paint. I forgot that my tutor instructed for us to only use the paintbrush and I was so in the moment that I forgot my given instructions as performance studies within (Time and space) I forgot my surroundings and merged with the art, only that mattered. I forgot where I was and I forgot the given instruction, as I used my nails to scratch into the layers I created.
Other peoples work consisted of issues with control such as Ruth in my class, who is a very close friend of mine, yet I do find in her work she struggles to let loose and it’s all very contained and controlled. I am very interested if she can successfully fully let go and get lost in the moment in the future as throughout her work since foundation she studies structure and composition I think the best pieces in performance through paint is successful through chance.
Next to me was another classmate named Andrew, he is a quiet gentleman but his work seemed quite aggressive. I am not sure if his aura could have inflicted my own as he was quite aggressive in his actions which was amazing as he was kicking and punching the wall through his paint.
Also another piece of art from the class.
The second half of our day consisted of either painting in a harness, or with our feet. Both were inspired by the Gutai group which are a Japanese formed group in 1955 and contained artists like the famous action painter named Ushio Shinohara a famous performance artist now in his 80′s who still today, performs his action boxing painting. This image recently taken in New York.
This was so much fun and it really opened my eyes, I decided to push myself and face my fears so I chose the harness, I suffer with vertigo (the fear of depths rather than heights) The fear of falling for me has always been a stress factor, although I directed someone to push my legs so I began to rotate in a circle changed the outcome alongside the height of being in the harness such as being a certain height like high or low can be a changing factor in the outcome.
A few of us tried this and we improved through experimenting as I suggested different colours and to water down the paint more.
This is my creation from using orange and black paint, it was very difficult to control the paint as my body moved far o quick compared to the paint pouring as it was very thick. But I am very pleased with my outcome as it almost looks like skeletons face which was all through chance as it’s almost impossible to design anything, only roughly guess where the paint will land.
The project running alongside consisted of using a singular rope and paint. The individual then used only their feet, this looked quite difficult and I found less was more in a sense and the people who carried on just smudged their work to a abstract mess of colour if they wanted that effect then they achieved what they intended. But personally I would do less which me and Ruth plan to do on Monday the week after.
Here are the outcomes of the feet performances.
I really opened my eyes and focused on the process rather than the outcome. It was all chance and I have noticed in my drawing work now that I just start drawing rather than worry I will make a mistake
20/01/2014 Painting Performance, Feet
On Monday me and Ruth in my class decided to continue and push ourselves to produce more artwork in the studio. We decided to experiment with the feet piece performance, this was quite difficult I had to prepare myself physically and mentally before using the rope, it was unpredictable in movements as I feel like Bambi on ice in parts and even fell flat onto my back due to all the wet slippery paint and water.
We found the more colours we experimented with the more beautiful they became, rather than just uing the primary colours given. Furthermore I tried different techniques like running and jumping. which was extremely difficult.
This was more difficult than we anticipated and resulted in rope burns on our hands. We also tried controlling the paint and our feet which was all again unpredictable as it depended on the individuals upper body strength to direct the rest of the body. I felt physically and mentally exhausted after this as we both produced ten pieces each given advice and suggestions on what to try next. It’s always good to develop and bounce ideas off other people as it improves your own knowledge and skills.
One of Ruth’s pieces I loved and suggested to try three pieces of paper to cover more space as the singular one was not as effective.
1/01/2014 Ushio Shinohara
We were given the task to research artists in performance art and I could not make up my mind between two artists. I finally decided on Ushio Shinohara a Japanese artists who was part of the famous Gutai group in Japan who specialised in action painting. Born in 1932 and attending the Tokyo school of art he ventured to New York after graduating where he began performance art through action painting with boxing.
I love how he interprets sport into his work and the non stop physical energy of his fists bashing against paper through multicolour and monotone paint it’s fascinating how in his 80′s he is still producing work it’s so inspirational.
I think my favourite is something physical in performance like Shinohara and boxing, it’s energetic and angry. My tutor and my class mates do believe I have some anger issues when I paint, I just find it a release and after I feel tired and content. I would like to study this further in the future in action painting as it’s quite fun.
I can never decide if I love his work more with colour or just the singular monotone colour and I think I will have to experiment myself to see what works more effectively.
21/01/2014 -Jamie Mcmurry
After studying Ushio Shinohara I also liked the idea of colour which brought me to Jamie Mcmurry a artists based in L.A. Andre my tutor got in contact with him as they know one another as I struggled to find any of his work on the internet he replied with.
McMurry Diorama 4:25am Jan 22
yo blood. the new series with the paint buckets on the white suits is called Color Theory mocking the idea that the choice of color is more significant and symbolic than the action involved in its use. the selected spaces are spaces of personal and sociological contention. a gay crusing spot, a pricey new art museum, the LA river, a cemetery. its still in process. eventually images plus the suits and other objects will all be shown together. clearly influenced by many before, yourself included.
This is a interesting response, I found the colour was more fascinating than the fact he poured paint on his head in a white suit. The fact of the location were sometimes isolated it made me question did he clean it up himself, who was documenting the performance himself, or someone else? Did anyone see him? As he would have walked or drove covered in paint. This seems hilarious many aspects and I would have liked to see documentation of this and peoples reactions.
I am still unsure which colour to me is most effective. It may be the photograph of him with yellow, the way the colour pours down his face captures his expression more effectively than the others as it’s a closer angle, unlike the blue image where the picture has depth but concentrates more on it’s surroundings of location.
21/01/2014- Painting with non traditional art mediums.
All images © Jamie Jones
After our chosen artists talk we set up our spaces where we had to use non traditional art materials and a surface to paint upon. I chose a king size bed sheet I bought and a variety of random liquids which varied from fairy liquid, marmite, toffee and chocolate ice cream sauce, tomato sauce and mustard etc.
This was all very exciting and I got extremely messy and sticky, which was quite gross to be honest.
I began using the tomato sauce and mustard by going in vertical lines back and forth along the bed sheet, then I began using purple and green fairy liquid in the same method to continue the layers enjoying the contrasting colours. After a while I began taking in my surroundings and I thought I had to do more with it. I thought about my foundation course and in one project we concentrated more with the senses, or more specifically the sense of smell.
I then started to take deep breaths, only concentrating on the sickly smells clearing my mind and I got someone to film me I closed my eyes, taking in the fumes and scents of the food. My nose tickled from the sickening bitter smell of the mustard and the sweet scent of tomato sauce to the manly odour of the Radox men body wash, to the sweet luxurious scent of the apple fairy liquid. I found this a more interesting approach as I dragged my face through all of my work, back and forth. Once I stepped back I was happy how visually pleasing my work looked, alongside with it’s variety of smells. Many people commented how it looked quite like a landscape, which is very interesting. Though many questioned why did I do it by smearing my face into the work destroying it in many ways.
I do believe I added to it rather than destroying my creation for me it was in the moment and I found the smells all so intoxicating, from being sickly bitter and sweet.
Some other members of the group using various foods and materials like plaster etc.
The second half we concentrated on using hand made tools to paint with. I decided to combine a plank of wood and a tooth brush. It was fascinating how the end of the toothbrush and the bristles displayed different patterns. This is the end result how my toothbrush looks.
My work was very energetic and physically draining I studied repetition and concentrated on colour, which always has been a visual important element in my work.
The above image concentrated on only using the bristles of the toothbrush, which created a interesting effect.
I took this into account and decided to push it further, I then attached a small plank of wood to the toothbrush and dipped the bristles in paint to drag the variety of colours to then use the plank of wood to rag the colours down smearing and layering the different tones of colours which worked very successfully.
After this session I decided that I did not want to work with an sort of food condiment again and I don’t know how Nathan Wyburn works with Marmite, as I found it too thick to paint with and too sticky. I think I will stick to more traditional methods of paint as their more vibrant and visually pleasing although I am pleased that I experimented more out of my element and comfort and pushed myself further.
Lastly we also cut up parts of our original first collaboration piece which looked awesome and looked so individual in pieces that every part was different and unique.
23/01/2014-Painting Using Sound
We began our day learning about lighting and photographing our work. This consisted of using lamps called Red heads and Mini Red Heads, they seemed simple to use just had to make sure about the health and safety such as to leave them to cool once switched off and to turn them off whilst moving them as the glass would smash due to the vibrations within.
In the afternoon we returned ready to use sound that was linked to the wall. By hitting the wall for example amplified the sound wave, which then echoed around the room.
We were split into two art groups in sets of four, then only using black paint we experimented with the sound. The first group all took materials such as bubble wrap and newspaper and tied it around their hands and one their elbow, this explored artists like Ushio Shinohara who used boxing gloves capturing his punches paper.
The outcome was quite surprising the monotone of black and white really complimented one another as it was quite simple, their work all stood out as a individual rather than a group. It looked visually outstanding and I felt quite eager to participate further.
The outcome was lovely through the noise and rhythm of scratching and punching resulted to this.
When it came to our turn I thought about the rhythm and how I would mark make using the two wooden sticks I found in the room. I found the other member of the second group focused their attention on the noise I produced as I banged and clicked the sticks scratching into the paint as I dipped the dripping black bold colour.
After we finished we stood back and I found that the piece was incomplete, it seemed so overpowering with circles that it lost it’s group effort. Yes I can see how the piece tried to unite us but I felt it forced a division than anything else, it felt like four artist all trying to scream for their individuality and screaming out for their art ego’s, I loved how Sasika’s work expressed that she was so lost in the moment that her creativity splattered paint everywhere listening to the rhythm I produced, with my sticks. But where the parts of the dirty orange combined with the black it became muddy and looked almost quite natural in the form of mud and earth, which reminded me of nature. It was more intense and I was somewhat more curious and more interested in her work than my own as I felt I could study the many layers that overlapped one another for hours, which only suggested the first layer as we could briefly see Ruth’s work underneath.
1Me working back into the piece.
The colours were so visually appealing that I suggested I wanted to continue working with it as sound and wavelength is all about layers, I considered we could create more layers using sound. The group ALL decided it would be a good idea and the task in hand was to create sound, which resulted for us into repetition of pattern. Looking back I was the only one creating sound by using my sticks bashing against the wall as Ruth and Andrew both used buckets to create circles, whilst Sasika concentrated on the sound I was producing, so it resulted then in pattern and repetition.
I disagree that it was controlled only at this second stage, as the first layer was in fact was quite controlled as we made the marks by using tools or objects resulted in controlling it more. Music and sound is all about layers, as we worked back into it I began using sound again as I scratched and banged back into my work, as Saskia splashed paint and we watched it take it’s own form, which led to it being UNCONCTROLLED as we could not predict where the paint landed or how it merged or formed. I thought it looked much more visually interesting with all the many layers and that I could study it for days and always spot something different in it’s spectrum of colour and pattern.
Note-Thank you for Ruth Jones for allowing me to use some of her images and for being as passionate about art as myself.
27/01/2014 Bubble Art
Working with bubbles and looking at the connections of play in art.
Recently after I attended the group exhibition, my mind was buzzing with creativity and inspiration as I have been exploring art and play. I have always been interested in the connections as we see children at a very young age learning through play it’s a fact, from the shapes to the colours and the texture it’s all their natural development.
I have taking this concept and I am studying how to connect it further. I began thinking of toys people children would use which I asked on my social networking site on Facebook as previously I have gained a good response.
Hey guys can you name any children toys you remember that are more outdoors? E.g Bike riding, skipping, hula hooping ?
27 January at 23:24 ·
Latasha Hale Space hopper, seesaw and slide
Leigha Jayne Hampson, Pogo stick
27 January at 23:26 ·
Laura Simmonds Little outdoor dolls house.. And a little pool!!
27 January at 23:26 ·
Benjy Owen-Robinson, Super soakers x
27 January at 23:30
Jevan Morris skatebaord !!
27 January at 23:31 ·
Emma Moody Morris Space hopper
27 January at 23:42 ·
Wendy Johnson Swingball think that’s what it’s called. A tennis ball on string on a pole!!!
27 January at 23:42
Stephanie O’Sullivan Can’t remember the name but it was like walking on upside down sand buckets with rope attached.
and roller skating 27 January at 23:44 ·
Brian Parker King a ball, pogo stick, Ball into cup and spinning tops
27 January at 23:45 ·
Emma Moody Morris Skip it rollerblades rollerskates
27 January at 23:47 ·
Brian Parker Marbles, kerby with a football and French cricket
27 January at 23:52 ·
Jade Boyd, hop scotch!! x
Holly Cook, scooter?
Teri Leigh, Den / cabin building
Ellie Rees, swing ball!!!
I first experimented with using bubbles and using food colouring which worked somewhat effective as I discovered it was all about balance as too much of the food colouring corrupted the mix and it became too heavy to blow bubbles and too much mix and not enough food colouring resulted in faint mark making which is not what I wanted it took some time and patience but I created some lovely pieces.
I found that out of the colours I used being green, yellow, red, black and blue, blue was the most effective and vibrant . I then also bought larger bubbles which I discovered when they popped splattered, rather than leaving the bubble impression.
I plan to experiment further into this in future and I look forward to my next experiment.
28/01/2014 Restricted Movement
During my classes I have found ways to push myself physically and mentally. I think this will always play a major role in my art as I enjoy teamwork which is from bouncing ideas off one another or collaborating which I will like to look into in the future.
Firstly we had to write ideas down of restriction this varied from the mind and body and we had some interesting ideas overall but Andre seemed to keep going back to mine it may have been as I added noted rather than a singular word as my pieces can be somewhat painful and energetic.
I suggested being pushed in the sense of one person trying to create work and another every few seconds shoving them, almost bully like. I have noticed my artwork links back to my childhood the good and the bad, as a person who was bullied and bullied others in my infant years I can only briefly remember from things I said or what a singular individual had done to me. I also find the art world quite suppressive in parts as in my student years it’s a approach many face like myself by screaming to be reconsigned. Although now I do believe I do it for myself rather than for others, it’s a need and stress release I could not live without producing artwork and I will most likely keep creating art until I die.
Other idea’s staying in one spot which can be physically exhausting as my part time job requires me to stand in one spot for hours at a time. I can last longer now as I have been doing it for four years.
I also suggested instructing someone to paint e.g one person with a painting tool, the other describing every brush stroke and colour and design, which could result to be very frustrating for the one given instruction as the other will always paint in their own vision.
Also being tied physical restriction or painting with tools instead of feet.
I decided to paint with my toes first which resulted in this.
This was very difficult as I thought about how people can paint beautifully with their feet as I have seen as they have no arms etc. I found it hard and tiresome in the motions of my toes and holding my body up to balance with my feet.
The second half I explored pain as I tried to think of a piece that would result as a timed piece. Over 15 minutes I dipped a ruler in a bucket of paint and slapped my hand as hard as I could, this studied school children as I remember as a child my father told me he forgot his homework one lesson and the teacher punished him by using a wooden ruler to smack his hand. He always described how red his hand went and that it swelled up so much he could not write. Performing this was mentally and physically tough as not only did it hurt me, my class were all fascinated as they watched me cringing at my cries and the sound as it collided with my hand. The paint almost acted as a soother as the thicker I made it became a barrier for a short amount of time against the pain and over time the pain actually numbed and became less painful. I found it was all about devotion and discipline as I kept my mind on the task I could withstand the pain. It created beautiful splashes of a mixture of reds, orange and yellows onto a piece of paper below.
Ruth fascinated me as I could see her getting frustrated at her work, I have mentioned she struggled with chaos in her work and it was entertaining as she tried to paint exact straight lines of dots onto paper and when it went out of alignment etc I could imagine what she was feeling it was a mental exhaustion.
I think this is the best sort of work to me is pain mentally or physically it keeps me motivated. Other art being created around the room consisted of Andrew using a arm sling restricting his movements which was interesting and very colourful.
Lizzie looked at being in a straight jacket rolling and running into the wall.
I guided Tom as he wore a jacket over his face, so it was all about texture and presence.
The second half was more of a group effort we were instructed to work together, we were tied by our arms and legs which was interesting through sex, weight and height as these factors all played a major role in the task.
We worked well by passing buckets, dipping paint on different brushes and movement by going on our knees, rotating and communicating. I would like to work with this group again as communication was the key and it worked well. The other team were very disorganised and I found Charlie dominated the group which is not the first time! I could not work in that chaos as he was pushing them not achieving a goal just destroying any form of thought of theirs in creating shapes or patterns. Our group thought about the process from mimicking lines to show the layers of colour or rotating to create patterns we worked well.
Experimenting with childhood toys 28/02/2014
I began exploring the possibility of combining paint, exercise and toys into one. I began with researching old toys such as hula hoops, space hoppers, pogo sticks and skipping ropes. In the future I plan to expand this into roller blading etc to paint with but I have been keeping fit skipping recently, it’s not only helped me think creatively but it also produces amazing colours and patterns when dipped in paint.
I began experimenting skipping forwards and backwards, I did not realise how physical this was but as a child I found it easy and could jump hundreds of times without feeling tired. Now I struggled to do fifty in a row and I felt quite breathless, apparently it’s also a factor of your height and weight that can slow you down. I began training on Wednesday 28th of Jan and I kept on training on and off all day in my studio space and even in the AV studio.
I loved how the skipping rope made this pattern over and over I moved back and forth the paper in a royal blue which looked very vivid. Then I chose red and continued skipping in the other direction. Looking at my work I realised it looked almost space like as in a galaxy it looked beautiful and I was pleased with my creation.
I plan to create more artworks with this theme it’s keeping me fit and given me energy and it’s been a long time that I have actually looked forward in participating in something I am extremely passionate about.
I loved this stage but I did wonder what it would look like if I kept on going, now I know not to continue with darker colours and stick to two colours only.
I found it lost that wow factor and lost that atmospheric space effect I created for the future I will only use two colours.
Group Discussion 06/02/2014
Today we decided to discuss what people were doing in regards of final pieces if it was a solo piece or a group. Only a hand full of the class showed up, which was highly disappointing as this is supposed to be taken serious so we just concentrated on those who could be bothered to participate such as giving jobs, such as setting up social networks events, posters and leaflets.
We organised lighting and placments then the second stage was what we were doing me, Ruth Iestyn and Andrew decided to do a collaborative piece where we would individually work on singular pieces then work on top of each others centerally.
We did briefly discuss a theme like childhood as we all used child like theme’s in a way mine being skipping, Andrew almost resembled puddles, Iestyns rugby and Ruth’s was her phobia of water as she cannot swim.
It then concentrated on just movement as all of our works were studying movement and colour.
Our groups name was decided to be Quartet, which was quite successful being a four as we all complimented each others work in various patterns. We all decided to come in Monday to practice a trial run with timing, colours etc
Me skipping and getting m body to push it’s boundaries.
We experimented with the lights in the sense of how bright or dim we wanted it to be, then we decided colours. This consisted on our chosen colours and one single colour to work with in the centre to show our mark making.
I am quite proud of Ruth and her sense of control here, I have previously mentioned that she struggles with losing control in her work and getting messy and covered in paint, This really surprised me and I’m happy she came out of her shell for this piece and really let go. She used paint brushes to mark make but I did suggest because she was imitating panting to just use her hands which as quite effective in response.
Andrew said he was using sound in his piece and I love how I managed to capture the paint falling here.
Lastly Iestyn used a rugby ball which looked awesome as it spun before impacting against the paper the colours harmonised with one another of red and brown.
We decided to start for one minute before a timer would go off then one of us would run to the middle to create art which worked out Ruth as hers was the longest piece, then Andrew and Iestyn and lastly me as the skipping rope we found the less I used actually blended colours. The final for that Monday we all decided I should not do too much as my footprints looked awful as I rotated about five times in a circle skipping.
I do love how all the patterns and colours overlap one another as this was quite effective, but again my footprints really
For our final assessment we had to organise a live performance by inviting fellow students through social networking sites, posters and a final programme of the show of the events and times etc
Overall I was quite disappointed with the group participation, if it was not for the minority I doubt it would have happened.
As the Quartet group consisted of me, Ruth, Andrew and Iestyn we organised setting up the lighting, cleaned and removed previous work and the ropes that were hanging from the ceiling. I designed our Facebook discussion page as the rest of the class were too ‘busy’ to care. As Andrew made posters to advertise around the building and made a leaflet programme which only me and him contributed our artist statement.
I plan in the future to collaborate with other artists and it made me really consider who I would want to work with in the future.
This poster I realised was actually a piece I created with my feet in the studio, which was awesome for the cover! As the tranquil colours were soothing but it expressed mess and a slight hint of foreshadowing events to come.
The programme was more organised for the morning as we had actual set times by Sasika and Tom performing in the next room where it was clean and our group “Quartet” would perform in the next room whilst Sas continued working with hers through the day.
I thought Tom’s piece was very intriguing as he made movements with the light his camera captured it. I would have liked to have seen this on a larger scale perhaps at the end on the projector but he only showed us on his camera which was disappointing but I would like to see this more in the future by him as it seemed quite promising.
Secondly was Sasika who began ripping up her previous work from the classes and then began sewing them together which looked promising she spent at least three hours on this and I would have liked her to keep going as the blanket that came together really stood out with all the various colours and textures.
Thirdly was our group “Quartet”
We previously experimented with this with timing as I warmed up we all ready set up our paper and paint and we all met at each corner of the blank white paper in the centre nodded as Ruth set her timer for one minute.
I began skipping which was exhausting as I watch Ruth the pour paint and slide in the centre after one minute went by for us to work on our pieces as a individual. We agreed we were studying ma making through movement this was quite successful and the strongest piece in my opinion out of the painting performances as it had structure. Although individually I do not think our pieces would have had been as strong, as we complimented each others work through movement and colours.
I was quite pleased with my result I was mentally and physically exhausted after it though as each individual mark we can see was one jump I have previously been exercising with 50 jumps but here I must have done hundreds the centre piece which I felt my legs were about to give out on me. I am glad I used red and dark blue and it visually looks stunning and Andrew used green in the centre and I am glad I saw Iestyn use a light green as he originally was going to use red so I quickly dunked my skipping rope in red paint as this would then be the most bolding colour as otherwise it would have been all natural colours and we needed something to really stand out.
Ruth’s piece was awesome and I am very proud of her by losing control and getting covered in paint. She explained her phobia of water and her weakness of not being able to swim which she mimicked here.
Iestyn’s piece was visually stunning he used a rugby ball and bright florescent colours which I think I will use in future such as pinks and blue’s etc.
Andrew I think was quite disappointed once we ere setting up as his speakers were not working I did not know he needed to use these as we could have set them up on the Tuesday when Neil was in as he was on strike that Thursday which was infuriating being our main live performance. He also did not return for the second half of the performance, which I did wonder was it due to his piece or his expectations for the second half.
Our group final piece- previously we all agreed we disliked our first attempt as I jumped so many times portrayed my shoeprints in the paint it had too many dark colours in it and we agreed to use lighter colours.
The second attempt was beautiful the two greens were lovely tones and I could not skip as much as I wanted but the traces of red against the royal blue really visually stood out.
We began first with Lizzie who wrapped jacket over her arms like a straight jacket and began using her mouth to paint onto the paper she previously made a jacket in our first year and it was great to see her continuing with this. It all explored restriction with the body as we previously looked at in our class.
Secondly was Jess I was very disappointed with this. I am not quite sure what her interests or style is in art, as this piece had no personality or style she just splattered paint onto some fabric and dully scratched into it with her nails and the end of a paintbrush, which was not new and previously been done in the class! I have no idea what it was supposed to represent and I hope she highly improves in the future and actually be more creative to help develop her style.
Upon reflection I have been told to ask about the concepts and question what the piece is about before harshly giving my opinion. I do regret upsetting the artist but I was being honest, all artists even myself have received harsh criticism both good and bad and I’m glad for both as I want to improve my work. This piece is about a landscape from a memory.
Thirdly was Joshua I have only seen this student twice in class and once for our meeting I think he’s from sculpture. His piece consisted of clay being punched and kicked and paint being poured into the centre it was very angry and reminded me of nature with the muddy, earthy browns and greens.
I was highly impressed with Ryan’s as he’s rarely in which is a shame, as his work is quite colourful he used coffee cups and a pipe to pour paint out which was quite different to traditional brushes etc this was highly creative and I loved how he controlled the paint really quickly as it poured out onto canvas and tissue.
Lastly was Charlie I think the concept was there of carbon footprints but he used some kind of canister of paint and walked in circles. But the paint just leaked out at the beginning onto the paper, eh should have experimented as it lost that vision it would have looked stunning otherwise.
It was a interesting day but I still stand by if it were not for the minority this would have been a disaster as everyone else was awfully unorganised and could not care less.
Formative Feedback 13/02/2014
Upon reflection I have learnt a lot through my Field module this term and I have enjoyed every moment of it. My feedback was promising which I have gained confidence unlike last term, where I was greatly disappointed and I am still trying to consider how to improve and continue with that project.
The negative feedback I received was my context which is fair enough, as I concentrated more on my own studio practice and I am currently going back and adding to that. Secondly my tutor said my blog was a little difficult to follow, so I will spend some time tidying the layout of it.
The only thing I was disappointed mainly with was the final DVD as me and a classmate spent hours trying to figure out how to work the Final Cut Programme and my tutor said he wanted our final pieces and not the workshops we included on it. So we have to go back now and sort that and re-edit but n the bright side now I know how to use the programme.
My final piece in the workshop painting performance reflected on my childhood and mark making, where I used a skipping rope that was dipped in paint to create unusual marks, this can also reflect and people have commented it resembles a galaxy in space. As a child I found slipping fun and enjoyable which I like to bring into my art and I could easily skip for hours in one go. But today I struggle to do one hundred in a row and recently I found skipping in my studio daily helps me creatively, as it allows me to think clearly as well as to burn off energy and I found my work can be quite energetic and very angry on occasion.
“The use of skills learned has been well integrated into final work to reveal something more personal and sustainable.”
I have received both positive and negative criticism from tutors, fellow students and peers in the past and it has helped me develop my skills and I continue to push myself and learn from it. I have also been very honest of my opinion of a fellow students work recently, it was harsh but I would rather someone be honest abut my work truthfully so I could improve and learn from it not take it to heart, which is always why I’m more interested in negative criticism so I can improve my skills and style.
Artists Context/Research 19/02/2014
Gutai Group or Anvant Garde a group formed from Japan’s post-war art world in 1954 until 1972 ventured out to produce art that was new and original, by using the body, time and space. It consisted of several original members but expanded to over 80 artists in it’s 18 years.
This second term has really opened my eyes and I found myself going back to discover and study new artists from the Avant Garde and performance action painting genre.
I found the Gutai movement first established in the 1950′s have truly helped me greatly in my studies and our workshops, I will explore and study soem of my favourite artists from this movement with artists beginning with Shozo Shimamoto who was Born Jan 22-1928 and died on Jan 25th 2013.
From first laying eyes on his beautiful explosions of colour I have fallen in love with the messiness of the patterns and structure in his work. He uses a variety of mediums mainly to paint to create these splashes of colour.
His work explores using glass bottles filled with colour before smashing them upon canvas or paper I just watched a performance on Youtube based in Italy in 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwpnezZxkhY it was remarkably interesting but it made me question it’s not all by chance as he plans colours before hand. But due to his age I found it quite intense as he struggles to smash the bottles in some instances and his assistant guides and motions him where to smash the bottles as he’s being directed rather than directing.
His use of colours are mostly pastel for the under layers but once he uses a luscious vibrant colour such as purple or red it’s quite pleasing to the eye and we can feel content at the subject matter. It’s interesting how the colours form by mixing but he tends to shy away from black or duller tones their always bright and vibrant, more playful.
His work has really made me realise my work should involve more of the process rather than the final outcome, my interests have always been frustrating a I love colour and expressive portraits and figures though what my mind sees compared to my brain is a different matter.
Secondly is Jiro Yoshihara Born January 1, 1905 – February 19, 1972 who co founded the group. His work simply explores the use of circles and repetition of the continuous circle in various colours, sizes and space. I can relate and understand how one idea can become obsessive but it does make me question does it then become mundane, due to it’s simple subject. During his later life he explores obsessively the use of Zen or Ying and Yang in his culture, playing with the contrast of white and black and black and white, as he states he has never been truly satisfied with his work but there again are there any artists that are truly happy with their work.
Thirdly is Akira Kanayama 1924 to 2006 was a artist who explored the use of drawing machines to produce art.
By using machines to draw he jokingly said he was the secretary for the group and never had any time to paint, to be honest I do find it difficult to find time to paint due to university workload or everyday life etc.
I have learnt so much and continue to expand my knowledge of art history and techniques whenever I can. Thus has helped me develop my progressing style and I will continue to refer back to these amazing artists who have inspired me so much.
Extended Artists Research 20/02/2014
After exploring context through the Gutai group I decided to continue my research by reading more books which I found very useful.
Andre Stitt who is my tutor is quite talented I have read several of his books Stitt Substance (2008) Residues, Drawings & Partial objects; SPACEX, England.
Alongside Andre Stitt hOMEWORK (2000) University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Born in 1958 in Ireland, Belfast his art is very symbolic and political. One of my favourites is Brothers of Charity personally I think it focuses upon the reality of Priests abusing children physically, sexually, emotionally and mentally. I have read a lot about this and watched documentaries and films based on the true event that happened between the 1930′s to the 1970′s its revolting to imagine how young girls and boys were abused by nuns, not just by priests.
They were either forced to work between 12 or 18 hour shifts a day in the Magdalene Laundries where they cleaned bed sheets or they were forced to be experimented on through drugs and electric shock treatment in the mental institute. Many young girls became pregnant, although no social service workers seemed to care and thus the babies were sold to Americans to be adopted, a interesting novel and film recently that has just came out is Philomena an old woman trying to locate her son who was adopted by Americans. Alongside a heartbreaking first hand account of living and working in the laundries by Kathy O Beirne called “Don’t Ever Tell” who was sent there as a young girl and became pregnant at the age of 14.
His statement of “Art is not a mirror, it’s a fucking hammer!” It concentrates on art is not a mirror and it should not just reflect a pretty image but fight back make a statement, this appears to be quite aggressive, which I can relate to as my work can be aggressive and energetic.
Another one of my favourite is at the ceramic festival in Korea, where he threw paint into the air and photographed the memorising swirling motions. These are majestic and content like due to the pastel like colours but it was a shame he burnt them, but the live performance allowed people to experience his methods of painting it was burnt into their memories as they saw the patterns and colours first hand.
the 5th World Ceramic Biennale
Another artists who caught my attention and I related her to our collaboration work using black paint through sound, was Anastasia ax who works in Sweden. She uses a variety of techniques one being with ink. I found the similarities very close without intention as we agreed as a group to continue with this piece, I found looking at her now and then it’s strikingly similar.
But I think with my recent work context wise the one artist that seem’s to stand out is Paul Jackson Pollock born January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956. Best known for his action abstract expression art his work concentrates on shape, layering, colour and pattern.
I have watched several video’s and documentries about him http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/multimedia/videos/250
Studying his style I do find some resemblance to my own and I have seen his work first hand in the Peggy Guggenheim gallery in Venice, it was indescribable with so much depth in relation to colour and layers, almost like our beings in a way as the human body is made up of so many layers physically and mentally. The body and soul in many ways have always been a factor into my work and this new way of painting I found I can express this as it excites and tires me. But when painting traditionally I find it quite frustrating as what I imagine and what I see to then draw, are always different.
My own work has been resembled and compared to his own which I think it does have some similar qualities as we both use the body and space to create it. I plan to paint more in the future in this style as I have so many idea’s buzzing with creativity!
He states he not only used a paint brush but pebbles and stones, string and even twigs. I have found since an early age I was taught that in art I had to learn the traditional methods of painting and methods from the masters like Monet or Da Vinci. By using a paintbrush and the common pencil I think have narrowed my vision now I do think more about the process, rather than the final product, it would be nice to think outside of the box in my future work.
A quote of his I love is “I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.” I need to start thinking like this more, as compared to my state of mind since my Foundation art course has declined in producing artwork and I struggle to find the time these days due to university work, I need to push myself more.
He was very energetic in his art, he would move around the canvas upon the floor throwing and dripping paint. Alongside using household paints or even car paint as he found it easier to paint with due to the thinness of lines it produced.
Field Module Landscapes 25/02/2014
After the introduction into my current field of “Things Behind The Sun” I began researching artists I thought would be relevant in my studies and that I found interesting and hopefully inspirational.
I began with John Constable a notorious famous landscape artist in the 19th century, born 11th June 1776 and died on 31st March 1837. His art concentrates on the the portrayal of landscapes through romantic nature. He quoted “I sit down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture.”
I strongly agree with this statement, I find that throughout my education I have studied art styles, artists, locations and mediums etc being an artist today I find that myself and many others paint within our studios and are withdrawn from nature we have relied too much on camera’s and photographs to paint from rather than connecting with nature. Constable was obsessed with his home town in Essex Suffolk Deadham Vale and painted in the landscape frequently.
Constables work for me is very imaginative even though he studies the landscape it has rainbows and seems very farfetched for British art regarding the weather. The second image is called Weymouth Bay painted in 1816 to me I can relate sttrongly to this piece as the subject matter reminds me a lot of my home town in the valleys, Ebbw Vale. The landscape is mostly moors being of a rich yellow orchard yellow colour almost like in his painting.
The composition of the muddy yellow and browns of the dirt and the grey sky’s to me feels more realistic than some of his other work I want the realistic landscape I can relate to, the crisp colours of mud and dirt that I can feel I have walked myself as a child hiking.
At this stage I am not sure which artists capture my attention through landscape but I will continue to explore and research.
Roughly born on May 14th and died on 1775 19th December the second artist I have chosen is one I have seen personally many times in Cardiff’s Museum and the Tate Britain in London.
His work has always been a fascination of mine as his romantic style seems very imaginative than realistic, he bends and morphs the idealism of nature into a romantic landscape through crisp, vibrant colours. For this project I do want to use the realistic visual landscape I can see but also partly imaginative. By this I mean exploring space created from my mind but also in the landscape.
Turner explores colours through sunsets and sunrises, his subjects unlike Constable explore the weather from storms mainly at sea rather than the mainland he explores the coast.
I do not want to explore the sea as I have no relation to it unlike the mainland and the mountains. I may explore this in the future.
Born 14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926 was a notorious French impressionist artist mostly well known for his caption of water lilies and sunset Venice paintings. I have seen his work in Cardiff and London and even today when I visited Venice I felt tranquil, yet surreal when I stood where he painted in Saint Marco Square of the famous Palace.
The way he uses light and colour is remarkably beautiful I have been to Venice twice I managed to whiteness a gorgeous sunset like I have never seen before, it was a Monet painting all by itself it was simply beautiful. The colours were exact in regard of being of blue, yellow and pink, it made me truly appreciate his skill and accuracy.
In comparison both Turner and Monet are impressionist artists although one being accurate in colour emphasising realistic approaches I find Turner was a bit imaginative which is aspects I will study for this project.
28/02/2014 Further Context
After investigating several impressionist artists I decided to explore another artist, one in particular that reminded me how to use space and cleverly manipulating the mind and a persons vision. David Hockey has always been an unusual artist in my opinion being a pop artist, many including myself favour his photo joiners to his paintings of landscape, I do love however how he has developed and combined his photography to his artwork,
Born on 9 July 1937 he a English born artist and lives in Yorkshire in London. In the 1970′s to the 1980′s he made collages made from his photography, these have always caught my attention by their composition it almost narrates a story. Here we can see the snow, the footprints, the crew and even Hockney posing for a photo shoot.
Comparing his photography which only takes photos and tries to capture every moment in a rectangle in one singular moment he has manipulated this and captured everything that’s happening around him. I think there is a app for peoples phones where you film the space around you which photographs everything in a 360 motion.
But the space between the car to the crew and all that negative space is what I am more interested in as our mind fills in the missing pieces as we just picture more snow.
Some of his joiners are more spacious in composition but some do try and fill in the whole seen becoming quite abstract in many ways.
This piece in comparison does not appeal to me as much as he tries to fill in all the detail which I think is not necessary and I’m thinking of producing paintings in this way as I have seen unfinished paintings by many artist Cezanne being one recently and it’s caught my attention more, than the traditional painting.
This landscape is much more interesting broken up and split than if it was intact, the cracks explore different weathers where he has come back on a different day and combined both cloudy and sunny into one, it’s colour and tone seems abstract and he distorted our vision so we study and become intrigued more of the detail and the subject.
Now comparing his paintings I find he tries too hard to fit in every detail he can see, which is the same as a traditional photograph, I need and wish to explore further painting unfinished instead of trying to fill in the gaps which I have always been taught.
His subjects are between trees and roads that bend and twist and I find he really exaggerates the landscape he sees to make it almost look quite cartoon like and unrealistic and I do find the colours too bold. I still prefer his photography to his paintings and I think I will concentrate mainly on that, than his painting technique.
Botanical Gardens Of Wales 27/02/2014
Today we visited the Botanical Gardens of Wales based in Carmarthenshire, I did not know what to expect and I was curious how this would relate to landscapes.
We arrived after a long journey which took over an hour and we were set the task of drawing 100 small images, for me this was wasted as I felt this was quite unrelated to landscapes as when it rained from 1.00pm onwards everyone ventured to the dome which contained the plants and flowers. Everyone began drawing them and I kept questioning what does this have to do with landscapes, flowers are still life so I stopped trying to force myself to draw I completed only 40 where as many people unmotivated drew pointless things to just complete the task. I could not force myself to draw in this way, as I was not enthusiastic being instructed what to do, this is my project and the only way I will feel enthusiastic is through my vision and my own ideas.
The only good thing from this place was the Daffodil exhibition I saw, which helped me continue with my subject project as this contained ideas and facts that the Welsh Daffodils bulb has recently been used to treat dementia patients and it actually slows down the process by a few months. But I know I do not like this type of country side for my project based on landscape to pursue further. I was not the only one who did not enjoy this day, it was wasted on me.
I did however photograph some lovely flowers for future paintings.
The sparrows in the enclosure caught my interest, than anything else.
There were several stones with African imagery upon them to represent various countries and my sister said the Eden Project in Cornwall is much better and I wished we went to this instead. http://www.edenproject.com/whats-it-all-about
I began drawing my movement as I walked, as each step record a line.
Our next class we had to put up our drawings and then draw from them, I was not the only one who thought this was forced task, I know what I want to do and this it completely unrelated to my vision and my outcome, by doing the same as everyone else is something I do not want to do! Many people had drawn plants which David did not want, so why not say before the task? Also the students who took 100 photograph,s he then changed his mind and made them draw from them. But after they did so, he said there was no point, how frustrating. I left with many others to do my own work in a environment I wanted, which I will do that’s either at Roath or my hometown in Ebbw Vale
I found that visiting London was quite inspirational context wise. I explored landscapes in varies galleries as me and Ruth firstly visited the Royal Academy this explored architecture and space, it studied interacting and using space.
This piece we could explore and walk within to the top and peer out onto the audience it was huge and exciting to be allowed to interact with art.
This piece had straws in boxes nearby where the visitors could make shapes to then add to the archway it was such a fun, colourful piece and my favourite in this exhibition most of the artwork places with the senses and this was visual we could touch and play almost within.
This piece had incense burning I believe and smelling it was very soothing as the room was so dark it relaxed me.
and finally this piece concentrated on the use of light it reminded me of David Bowie’s Labyrinth where there were loads of stairs upside down etc
I also visited the White Cube gallery which was wasted on me it just had shapes within it that we were not allowed to photograph and it was quite minimalist something that does not particular relate to.
Thirdly we visited the Saatchi Gallery this had some interesting artwork but I found they were most unhelpful, they told me to take my bag pack somewhere without saying where. So I continued until another person approached me on the top floor, who was very rude and also very unhelpful and just stated to take my bag to the lower floor, being on the top floor she did not understand my question. So I decided to just leave than cause a fuss, as I viewed what I needed too.
A sculpture made from Ham which looks exactly like a cadaver, the flesh of a person after death shrivel up exactly like here the colour as well, I have witnessed this first hand during a morgue drawing session.
A series of childlike paintings of family life which flows with my study in my subject.
Some were of everyday things eating, sleeping etc but some were quite sexual which took me by surprise as they were hidden after the innocent everyday family paintings.
This clown image was a similar piece by Leonardo Da Vinci of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ.
Then we visited a place I have never been to in London that was free for students, Courtauld based near Temple station. It was beautiful and contained artists such as Van Gogh, Degar, Cezanne and Modigliani.
It made me really study by favourite art period, the Impressionists.
There was John Constable who I have previously looked at for my field option regarding landscape and I do not want to fill a whole canvas and I will investigate why we paint on rectangles.
I saw Degas who is inspirational to many his work is always crisp and soothing.
I saw Van Gogh which was amazing and I have not seen this piece before but I know of it, as I have seen his work in Cardiff alongside in the National Gallery.
I will also explore him further regarding his landscapes as they are quite romantic in colour and somewhat very unrealistic in many ways by his use of colours, as he rarely used black in his work, black is a tone that is a man made colour and not in the natural landscape.
Another artist I have related to and recently discovered similarities between my current practice and in areas of interest regarding his unique style of incomplete works is Paul Cezanne, a French artist Born 1839–1906.
I have always been fascinated with incomplete works and that mental strenuous need to complete a painting by filling in the whole canvas. With today’s technology of digital photography there is less of a need and want of a full complete painting, when in several seconds we can capture the subject to the last magnified detail.
My vision is to explore various artists who have left work unfinished and understand my interest more of why I find this to be better in many aspects than trying to fill in a cropped rectangle of the subject to paint.
I do know of Cezanne and admired his work, but it’s only recently I have really opened my eyes. The colours and composition he uses and focuses upon are exquisite. He uses various tones of blue in many of his works to highlight areas of mountains which is correct as from a distance they appear to be blue.
This piece is very well known and I was quite surprised the collection this gallery had of Cezanne work. Mont Sainte Victoire (Courtauld Gallery)
He mainly focused on mountains and his surrounding landscape as there was a common struggle to locate nude models to draw from, so he used what was available his hometown and the village.
I have decided to examine landscape for this project that I have a relationship with and personal memories.
The surface of colour plays a major role in my vision, he uses several colours, mainly blue to record what he sees. I think it’s imaginative how he allows the mind to visualise the detail that’s given. By this I will explain, Cezanne painted and drew limited amount of detail unlike John Constable who tried to record every leaf and vegetation in sight. Cezanne only focuses his attention on certain details and without realising it we use our imagination to fill in the rest of the landscape such as rocks or various fields on the mountains he’s only hinted at, this is what I am interested in for this project.
This is the starting point for this project I have explored several artists which I will post in the future but this piece caught my attention, it is a simple subject of his village but only using block colours emphasises the detail of trees etc.
Another piece I came across in the gallery of a unfinished drawing.
But finally a famous piece I remember studying in college by Modigliani, a simple female nude which was very impressive to witness as personally I think it’s quite beautiful.
Or next visit was the Tate Modern which felt rushed as we were running out of time at this point.
I enjoyed this trip, and I plan to continue to explore other artists who relate to my project.
08/03/2014 Keepers Pond
After my visit to the Botanical gardens I tried to consider a location that appealed to me I began thinking of my childhood ans a place I flew my kite and picked wimberries. There is a beautiful mountain side that you can see the Sugar loaf mountain in Abergavenny based in Blaenavon, as a child I did also believe the Sugar loaf was named after a ice cream parlour that sat on top of the mountain, it was only several years later I found out that was not true, I was quite disappointed.
It was refreshing to draw in the elements it felt differant in comparison to drawing from within my studio. I had to really fixate my concentration on detail regarding the mountains and the texture. Quite a few people walking their dogs came to talk to me out of curiosity especially another fellow artist. It was bitter cold but I felt I really appreciated it and I plan to go again when I go back home in different weathers as it was quite hazy and windy.
This lcoation is a well known location where I live as it’s a historical spot for my heritage rearing the mining. The pond was built in the early 19th centuruy to provide water for Garnddyrys Forge, which started production in about 1817. It’s main purpise now is it’s beauty in the surrounding landscape for artist and dog walkers, I think my dog Scamp enjyed it as much as I did. http://www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/en/PlanYourVisit/PlanYourVisit/ThingsToDo/KeepersPond.aspx
It was a lovely location and there was so much texture and colour of the grass and moss and the mountains in the distance where majestic. I felt content drawing as I really studied the landscape by using charcoal and pen as it was the quicker option due to the wind.
Some of my quick sketches.
I have continued working from my images as well using various media so far being coloured pencil and oil pastels.
I found oil pastels really expressed what I pictured, I will continue to experiment with various mediums like watercolours etc and continue pushing through my drawing what is important to express so the viewer can imagine the landscape.
Artist Context 10/03/2014
I began looking through various artists and their unfinished works. It’s fascinating that many would not consider this art as it incomplete? Yet I do and I have always been interested in spacial conventions in art and in a painting is what I plan to study and use in my practice.
Renoir is a clear example of what I am visualising and studying, why does this interest me so much? I think it’s due to that early development in painting and as artist we have to express everything we can see and try and fit it on a rectangle canvas. In today’s technology we have camera’s which take seconds to capture the same subject. I plan to leave my work unfinished it will be quite challenging as through history and everything I have learnt it will be mentally challenging to pull away from that urge to finish a piece of work. It will be about highlighting the important detail and leaving the rest to the imagination through colour and texture.
Like the artist I have chosen clearly portray this. Starting with Paul Cezanne Born January 19, 1839 – October 22, 1906 who died of phenomena drawing in the awful rain which is a sad tale, but I admire him passion for his art. He is my main focus as his work clearly features many unfinished works in the dozens.
These works all explore colour and how he used watercolours to simplify the important detail as he painted from life and take that back to his studio. This website explains the reason why he left many of his works unfinished in a letter to his mother http://legacy.earlham.edu/~vanbma/index/Cezanne.htm “I have to work constantly, (but) not in order to arrive at the finish, which attracts the admiration of imbeciles. I must strive to complete only for the satisfaction of becoming truer and wiser.” I understand in approach I can relate as I grow very frustrated at my own work and style I think this is what I have been looking for as I have always felt unsatisfied at a complete finished piece as in my mind I can always add to it, ruining it’s beauty and my original intent.
I plan to visit Roath park for my other location as I visited this frequently drawing in the past due to the swans and stunning landscape as I have had many happy memories here feeding the birds, it’s the one location in Cardiff I feel at total ease with and contently.
These are several other artists I have looked for inspiration.
Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA FRS (13 April 1769 – 7 January 1830 He was a English born artist from Bristol who then settled in Bath he drew detailed portrait at the age of 10 and painted a portrait of the queen at the age of eighteen.
http://www.thomas-lawrence.org/Portrait-of-George-IV-as-Prince-Regent.html His complete works, some of my favourite we apparently found in his studio unfinished apparently he took years to complete one portrait and his studio homed dozens on incomplete ones.
I would love to be able to paint portraits although I always feel frustrated at my work much like Cezanne and leaving them incomplete may be the solution I am looking for.
Sir Thomas Lawrence is a major factor here, as he expresses the importance in the piece of the facial features, I want to apply this in landscape as comparing this with Cezanne has the same concepts of highlight through colour the main feature of the mountains or here the eyes and face etc rather than the body. Composition is the key in this project and I need to paint and draw more from life to continue my development.
Another artist I found to have left work unfinished is Leonardo Da Vinci a great artist and inventor I admire and I have seen his work in person in London and Venice.
Adoration of the Magi 1481, oil on wood.
It is said that the person on the far right may have been Da Vinci self portrait at a younger age which may be possible studying it. It’s meaning is about of the Virgin Mary and Jesus by the foot of Basilica of Maxentius where the Romans claimed that would crumble when a virgin gave birth and apparently collapsed after Mary gave birth, even though this was not built until years later.
Another famous artist Gustov Klimt best known for “Th Kiss” his work here demonstrates a unique style and colour. Again we can see a pattern in the use of colour it’s amazing how through composition this has demonstrated the facial features accordingly.
This piece is also a favourite as the dress is incomplete but we care given the impression and its hinted of the detail and texture which is enough. I think this is more powerful in relation to complete works.