Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Direction, Photos for thought

My IP presentation did not go the way in which I had planned, and honestly was actually pretty hard to sit through... having said that, it has made me think about a lot, and I've decided to go into a different direction. I just read through my summary, and looked at all the artists that was suggested for me to look at and they have really started inspiring me. I do not want to make my art about some deep inner workings of my life, or try and contrive it into something that it's not, but I do agree that aesthetically my recent works are a bit boring. I want to try a lot more studies when I get back to school and find something that works for me and create very purposeful work. I do want to stick to the oval shapes though because there is just something about them that I can't seem to shake, the way in presenting them though needs to change and become more engaging. We'll see where this all goes but here are some images that I am really started to love by Ross Bleckner. I really like the way the color vibrates and the movement of it throughout.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I've started placing the texture on the green piece and things are going pretty well. I've decided to make it very vertical in direction and have a bit of a swoop to create a sort of movement. I am going to go back into the brown piece this weekend and try and figure out what it is that I am not liking with it.
Meirav and I were talking and she came up with the idea of giving it more luminosity and direction by having the two ends that have luminosity coming together through the middle and also having all of the textured pieces work together to go in one direction. We'll see if it helps, if not, I'm still pleased with the color of the piece itself, not necessarily the texture. We'll see.
Hopefully I can get all three of these pieces done by my presentation (I will get them done!) and I'm excited to show my work and get feedback. I also feel like I need to write out some more of my thoughts and create a more cohesive way of speaking about my work rather than winging it and hoping for the best. I'm going to give a mock review to my housemates this weekend and see what someone who does not know much about art has to say about my approach and my aesthetics.

Monday, December 5, 2011

New Ideas, New Photos

I've been struggling with deciding when enough is enough. Basically, I have decided I want to make each of these paintings individualized in the way in which the texture lays on the surface. My first piece was basically almost completely covered with the textural bits, and after stepping away from it for a while, I do think it works (I was having second thoughts for awhile, but I think I may have just been staring at it for too long). Here is a photograph to give you a better idea of what I am talking about:

I enjoy the color and luminosity of this piece, along with the uplifting effect it has. My second piece I have been working on I've given a few shots of already but here is a more recent photo to keep you posted on how it has developed.

I think I like the direction this is going with adding pieces that are larger is sort of working, but part of me still feels a disconnect. Colin gave me the idea to try a new technique of just adding the liquin original onto to the canvas and see how that results. The effect is kind of intriguing but on one of the studies I tried it on, it bled on the canvas. I'm going to try and do it again on a study but this time have the canvas lay flat and see if that stops the bleeding.
I also have been experimenting with direction of the textured pieces. The next piece that I'm working on is green, and I've decided to try and have a cascading effect by having the textured pieces fall in the same direction in the dark parts and then spontaneous in the luminous area's. I've drawn it out on paper and it looks pretty interesting, I just have to execute it.