Today I started my final piece in college. So glad I decided to work on slate! It’s the perfect texture and I like the way the paint lies on it as I was worried the colours wouldn’t be as vivid, but they look great.
The slate is reeeaally heavy so don’t think I’ll be moving it at all until I have to hang it. I started the painting by sketching out an outline in grey paint. I was worried about getting the scale and proportions wrong and it’s stressful working on something big! I blocked in the colours with acrylic paint and sketched out a few details in graphite, then blocked in the rest. I think it’s looking pretty good for a first layer. I plan on building up the layers of paint to make it a really bold piece. I also want to make sure it doesn’t look like an average landscape, but a landscape that I’ve created through photomontage. I think this will be the hardest obstacle but I’m going to make sure I overcome it. This is the image I’m working from, a photomontage of Yosemite.
These are some of the prints I made this weekend while experimenting with techniques to use in my final piece. I used printing ink, acrylic paint and drawing ink to print with and found drawing ink the most troublesome. It worked nicely for a couple pieces but in general It was hard finding a surface to print from because papers soak up the ink too quickly and it runs off plastic/shiny surfaces. I thought it worked quite nicely here though
The painted mountain is on the right and the print is on the left.
The acrylic paint worked amazingly and I loved the results. I painted a scene on printed cardboard which had a shiny surface. Took me a while to perfect painting the scene backwards so that the print looked like the photo but I got it!
So the original plan was to collect all the slate I have in my gardens/neighbouring gardens etc and bring them in to start painting my new photomontages scenes onto…however as it’s bank holiday Monday my family have taken the car out and I’m stuck with some laaaarge pieces of slate that I can’t carry to the bus stop ha! So will be working on them at home and bringing them in tomorrow :)
Very excited to see how it works out. Going to start by using acrylic and pastilles to see what’s working best and I’m starting on small pieces of slate. We have a very large piece in the front garden, which belonged to my Auntie and Uncle’s roof, and if all goes to plan it will have to be dug up!
So it’s literally about 12 minutes since I downloaded photoshop and posted about it. I am already positive it is not for me. There is no programme manual or instructions and because it’s not adobe there are virtually no forums or online help! I didn’t mind giving it a go but it’s got me so irritated and stressed I don’t see the point in struggling on. I enjoy trying things I’ve not done before and getting out of my comfort zone, but I don’t want to spend the whole weekend on my laptop like a nerd trying to master something that I will probably never use again after this project. AAAARGHHHH PHOTOSHOP I HATE YOU.
So just downloaded The Gimp for my mac so that I can experiment with photoshopping some of my images together. I think it’s best I try every method of creating photomontages so I know what will work best if I choose to use the idea in my final piece. Also going home today and we’ve got a big garden full of rocks, wood and slates, so my plan is to collect some small and large pieces to work on. The idea of painting straight onto slate and including little flints in my work to create a semi-3D piece was suggested to me in class and I think, if it works, could be the surface I work on for my final piece.
Found this link really interesting and gives a great list of landscape artists to look at. Strangely the article features a photograph by Ansel Adams I have worked from in this project as well as links to Gurskey’s work, which I have been looking at today…
Got a lot of ideas forming about how I’ll present my work. Going to collect some large pieces of slate and rock to work on top of, and some smaller pieces to test including them in the painting. Been looking at some of Jasper Johns’ work who creates loads of great textures in his work.
I also have an email from artist Mike Bell who I emailed a few months ago regarding my painting project and how he creates such amazing surfaces. Will definitely need to go back to that email and experiment with his techniques.
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.