Just finished some paintings and sketches of photomontages I made this week. I’ve done a lot of fast charcoal sketches of the scenes, some in pencil and a few in paint and ink. I am very happy with the outcomes because they demonstrate what I wanted them to; the similarities between the places I’ve visited recently and by combining them, you can create a new and interesting landscapes to work from.
I would like to continue this idea by working with my photographs from Yosemite and Salisbury Craggs because I think they hold the strongest likeness and I will be able to create very intriguing and dramatic landscapes from them.
Just playing around with some photomontages and collages in my sketchbook. There are so many similarities between the places I’ve photographed recently. Need to get mooooooving though, only 5 weeks left.
So went up to Aberdeen on the train with my lovely lovely mum today :) 7.30 felt like 4 in the morning…I never want to be up that side of 9am again!
Had a tour of the whole campus; the different buildings, student halls and libraries were all amazing. After a couple hours I had an appointment with the head of History of Art, Dr. Bryzgel to discuss the course. I don’t think I’ve mentioned on my blog before that I have a conditional to University of Aberdeen, I just need to get a Merit for my FMP at Telford College which I am DETERMINED TO DO. After discussing the different parts of the course I found out I’d be picking 4 other subjects alongside History of Art! So I’m not entirely sure if that’ll be overwhelming or amazing but I think history, english literature and divinity and religious studies are three I’d consider.
Anyway, very exciting but my eyelids can’t stay open any longer!
Just been looking at Stezaker’s work to inspire my idea of photomontaging and collaging landscapes. Although Stezaker is famous for his portraits, he often combines a portrait with a landscape to demonstrate part of the human body.
For example here, as part of his Mask Series, Stezaker combines old photographs with postcards of mostly British landmarks to create a completely unique portrait.
So spent about 2 hours struggling with technology to print off all my photos from the holidays. Think I used up the art departments ink allowance…
I organised all the photos and put some up on the wall. I was ripping up a photo from the Lake District and one from California and rearranging the pieces into a new landscape. The scale and proportions of the photos were similar making it easy to combine them. It’s weird to find so many similarities in two very different places.
For the next few days I’m going to progress with this idea of deconstructing landscapes and rearranging them to create brand new ones. (working by hand, with photoshop and eventually painting these newly constructed scenes)
This is a combination of the Santa Ynez Valley, CA and hills in the Lake District.
This is one photo on top of another with areas ripped out to reveal the W.American landscape under the one of the Lake District.
So as part of my project, based around the theme of “Western American Landscapes” I’ve been looking at loads of aspects that interest me and spark ideas. In particular: Native American Tribes and their communities, the deserts of Utah, the mojave desert in California and “rock formations”. I have gathered my own visual information from Western America, Edinburgh, The Lake District and Southern Spain. I want to explore the similarities between the different landscapes.
Been looking at the work of David Hockney, Marsden Hartley, Barbara Rae and Carol Tipping in particular because areas of their work relate to my theme, but I have been inspired by countless artists. I’m trying to remember to keep this blog updated with EVERYTHING that’s inspiring me.
Up until now, in college I’ve mostly been gathering information on my theme. Lots of reading (East of Eden, lots of American History books and archives). I’ve also been churning out lots of paintings, sketches and collages of landscapes which I need to develop some more. I hope the more work I produce, the more ideas will come from it.
Police in Serbia have recovered a painting by the French artist Paul Cezanne that was stolen at gunpoint from a Swiss museum four years ago, officials said on Thursday.
Cezanne’s Boy in a Red Waistcoat, which media said was worth more than $100 million, was one of four paintings stolen from the E. G. Buehrle Collection in Zurich in 2008 by a trio of masked robbers who burst in just before closing time and told staff to lie on the floor while they took what they wanted.
The heist was one of the largest in the world at the time.
Four men were arrested in the capital Belgrade and the southwestern town of Cacak on Wednesday in connection with the theft and the director of the Buehrle collection confirmed the authenticity of the painting, the Zurich state prosecutor’s office said.
At a press conference in Belgrade, Miljko Radisavljevic, the special prosecutor for organized crime, said the suspects wanted to sell the painting, found in the door panel of a car, for as little as 3.5 million euros ($4.62 million).
“They received 2.8 million euros before the arrest,” he said.
…Two of the stolen canvases, one by Claude Monet and the other by Vincent Van Gogh, were recovered not long after the robbery, abandoned in a car. A work by Edgar Degas is still missing.
At the same press conference, Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said during the action dubbed Operation Waistcoat, police also seized about 1.5 million euros in cash, four vehicles, weapons and ammunition.
“I don’t think we have ever had a more valuable arrest,” Dacic said. “The painting will now be guarded by police and returned to its owner.”
…Last October, Serbian police recovered two paintings by Pablo Picasso - Tete de Cheval (Horse’s Head) and Verre et Pichet (Glass and Pitcher) - stolen in 2008 from a gallery in the Swiss town of Pfaeffikon, near Zurich.
So got back from Spain in the wee hours on thursday and I’ve come back through from glasgow to an empty house which I have to look after. My cat has wandered off and the boiler’s leaking and I spent all my food money on a mexican themed dinner and night at cav! :( not even thinking about how much work i have to do next week waaaaaaah
One of the ideas for my FMP was inspired by David Hockney. I want to experiment with montaging and collaging photos from different mountainous landscapes that have captured my attention. For example, Yosemite, The Sierra Nevada, CA, Salisbury Crags and The Rocky Mountains to name a few.
So the theme of my final major project is Western American Landscape and for the last 3 or 4 projects I have covered various aspects e.g. Native American Indians, horses, the geography of the land, Californian Animals.
I have whittled my ideas down to three possible areas that I’d like to develop; Native American Tribes and their traditions, a David Hockney inspired idea featuring aspects of photomontage and collaging and rock formations.
The red deserts of Utah have been of best influence for me because of the weird colossal standing rocks and canyons. I’ve been investigating the effect nature has on the shapes and sizes of formations like the Monument Valley as well as studying the patterns and shapes in the rock from up-close.
In terms of artists I have been studying the work of Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg. I printed off some of their collages in black and white and they gave a sense of rocky ground or mountain, so I have began creating a few small collages using cardboard, plaster, white emulsion and plastic and working on top to see how the texture helps demonstrate the texture of the rock. I’ll upload a photo later but left my phone at home :(
Unfortunately, the recent weather has caused me a small mental block and driven me to spend the last few days in the sun…
"I like living, breathing, better than working… My art is that of living: each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral, it’s a sort of constant euphoria." - Marcel Duchamp