Jackson Pollock was an expressionist artists who lived in America. within this movement he worked very closely to abstract. (1912-1956)
These works are very colourful with burst of different vibrant colours. This really gives off the idea of how emotionally he could feel. For example the one of the left could be seen as more happy due to the idea of the yellow being a prime colour within this piece and on the other side you have a more dull and black and white look. This gives me the feeling that he was more natural and now really happy.
These are some of the images that really do inspire me. Within the drawing class, doing the massive paintings (I did a person in black and white) i really likes letting go and wanting to work in a loser style that was also a lot bigger than my comfort zone of A4.
From this i am going to use his style of dripping dragging and splashing paint on to the paper and see what I can make from this. I want to make a lot more than one so i can experiment with them
by painting objects onto them where i think they would fit.
moving the paint to make an image with on it.
using the splatted paint to create an image.
This is some of the things that I want to try out within this part of the project. I want to see what works best and what I like.
A lot of my work is based on how I feel and also what is happening in my life. If I have something in my head ill do a project on it as its a good way to get it out without talking about it.
today I decided I wanted some time alone so I went to the studio and started drawing. I decided to draw how I felt and I found an image i really liked to I used it as my reference ( it is not my photo).
Reference link – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/358810295306342981/
My Process of making the drawing…..
For this I used a Derwent Academy pencils (B) to mark out how big and where I wanted everything to give me a base and marking to go off of. First thing i did was mark out where the very dark black is and put it in just to get something on the paper to start.
I used inscribe soft Greystone pastels to do this, I started with a grey and used this as a base on the forehead. for lighter patches I would put less down but the darker areas i would layer it until I needed to start adding a lighter black.
Then I decided to go into the left eye. this was hard but then kind of easy to do. I started with doing the grey and then started adding black to the inner bit of the eye. To be able to get the wrinkles within the skin and the lash line I used a charcoal pencil to get very thin lines.
I carried on with this technique while doing the whole thing. when it came to the hair I put a thin layer of a lighter black down and then went over and picked up the marking off the floor with the side of the charcoal and this worked really well. For the bread I put down a light layer of black and then used the charcoal pencil to add in the hair details.
From the mind map on my last post I have come up with a few idea that I could use. As by the end of this I have to create a series of paintings, I really want to do a painting on each subject within time. This could be words and ideas for example;
Mental health Decay
Old and New
With this I could use each word to be a painting. So each painting could be looking into another aspect of time. This would make it easier to have a bigger over look of the subject time, without making one painting with way to much happening.
My First Idea…..
This idea is what I have just touched on. For this idea I would chose about 3-4 different words (possibly questions) to do a painting about. This would lead to having a series of paintings that are all different but they would all relate to the same subject, This would hopefully make an interesting visual galleries when they are all together.
To do this I would need to do a lot of research into different subject, but at the same time keep it light so that I don’t give myself to much work and then run out of time. One thing i have looked into before and want to bring into this project is Egyptian religion. Due to their belief within the afterlife. I want to use this because a lot of people believe we only have the time we physically do on this earth, but Egyptians believe that we have an afterlife. This would be a good subject to have on all of my paintings to have a visual link to all the paintings.
This is one of my favourite ideas and something I really want to look into more. I feel this idea will be the best to present the subject of time and be the more visually pleasing when put up.
Another idea I have had is looking in to painting over time. This would involve looking into what is paint?, or what is a painting?. This idea I would have to so a lot of research for because it would involve looking so far back into time. One time that I really do want to look into for this idea is cave paintings.
I want to look into this because I think it is really interesting how we have developed painting over years even before we knew what it is (e.g cave paintings) I want to look into how paintings have changed materials wise and developed from cave painting to communicate to making religious art to show what we believe in.
I really like this idea as I feel there is a lot to look into and its looking in to what I’m doing not just painting. I feel this could be really interesting but its not my favourite idea, so I don’t know if this is one i would carry on with.
For painting I have a project to do with Space, Time and Structure. By the end of this project I should have developed and made a series of paintings to do around the subject I have chosen (one painting has to be on canvas).
I enjoy looking into mental health and also questioning things that people don’t really talk about. So I have decided the subject time would be the best fit for me to research and work on. As I feel this subject will keep me motivated and interested in what I am developing.
I feel like time can be such a big subject matter so I want to find a way to cover a lot of aspects without making this project to big. time is something we all experience and we can no escape from we all will be able to relate. This means that my project could have any age audience but due to the maturity of the subject I would say my audience is teenage +.
My Mind Map…..
This is my mind map for all the ideas I had to do with words and questions around the subject time. Some of my main ideas where;
Decay (how things decay over time or what can decay)
Old And New (what makes something old. At what point is it old)
How Much Time Do We Have? (how do we measure time)
What Is Paint? What Is A Painting? (does it have to be on canvas)
How Are Mental Health Can Decay.
What Is Time?
My Mood Board…..
This is some images that I found that I thought could be quite inspiring for my project.
I’m going to look deeper into some of my ideas and do a new post with a drawing of what each could involve and look like. But I’m defiantly going in the direction of time.
For this we where given a time slot to be able to go down to the wood work shop and make a canvas. I made one canvas on this day but I also made about 2-3 more the next week.
Explanting How to make it…..
The first thing we needed to do was have someone to explain to us how to make the canvas. I have made a canvas before but it was in morocco, but this was just with very thin wood. So we listened to how to do it and then i started first.
First thing we did was get given soft wood. They where already pre cut to, two small pieces(41 cm) and two longer pieces(59cm). Then I checked over them for notes and also any dents or breaks, as this could effect the outcome of the canvas.
Next I had to mark out where I will be drilling to add the screws within the frame, so I used two Draper to measure out on lines on this wood. This would tell me where I would put the screws into the frame.
The first line was made by the first draper and that was set for around 10-11mm, and the two other lines where made from the second draper which was set to about 5-6mm . I then used a pencil to make these out as they where a little hard to see.
I then grabbed 4 corner clamps, then I put it in the clamps with the bevelled side up. Tightening them up is a little bit hard as each corner clamp had to be tighten bit by bit to make sure each 45 degree angle is right and they do all fit together.
When they where in and fitted together properly, i then used a drill and a countersink drill bit. For this I need to pick one line cross on each of the joins to drill 1 cm polite hole into and then use the countersink bit to drill so the screw would sit flush to the wood. we did tis a total of 8 times and this would be twice on each joint (photo explains it better).
I have never really had the opportunity to use drills before, I was trying to figure out how to use them. Once I had done the first hole I got the hang on it and I did all the polite holes and the countersink wholes.
Then I took the two shortest bit out of the clamps so I could put glue onto the ends. This would helped hold them.
Once they where back in to the clamps and tighten it, I started to drill the screws into the frame. As this was basically my first time using the drills I decided to take it slow when putting the the screws so that I wouldn’t make the screw stick out of the woods and also so I wouldn’t crack the wood.
After this I took the frame out of the clamps and made sure it was flat by putting it on the table, I also then sanded down the sides and corners so that it wouldn’t ripe the canvas.
Then I started to staple the canvas on to the frame, for this I had to put a staple in each side of the frame. Making sure that I had pulled it tight then I would do each side of the frame making sure they are all pulled tight as I could. Also at the convers making sure you pull it in a 45 degree angle to get it pulled for each direction.
Doing the pleating on the corner wasn’t as hard as I use to work a bit with material. I am not going to be able to explain this over text. but once the corners are done then I was basically done. all I had to do was go to the studio and paint the canvas with primer.
Painting task – Only using white or white and any colour except black
For this class I had pre-painted 4 MDF boards (A5) four different colours; black, blue, yellow and red. I did this a week ahead of the class as I had the time.
(I could use what ever colour boards that I wanted)On the first board, the task was to paint a 3D object only using the colour white. The second board, was to use white and any other colours we wanted. But I was not allowed to use black. The third board, I could use any colour I wanted except black, but I could also not use a paint brush. The final board, I could do what ever I wanted.
First Board (Black)…..
This board I had to only use white paint….. I chose to use a deer’s mandible. I wanted to use this object as it had a firm shape and also I had a good idea how to establish some 3D aspect.
How I did it…..
When painting this I started by diluting the white paint with lots of water, so that I could paint a very faint “foundation” for the shape of the jaw bone. From this I slowly added more to start building up a 3D look. This did mean I had to start making up more diluted white paint, but each batch would have less and less water mixed in.
I used the thickest white paint on the areas that either had a highlight or was the closest bit to me. (e.g. the teeth, they are white and some bits that was closest to me so I put a lot of white down)
Second Board (Blue)…..
This board I could use any colours I want but not black. For this I used a bones from a deer. I choose this as it had a lot of big form changes. so I could play with the blue colour behind a lot easier and see if I could add in different levels of shading.
How I did it…..
So I decided to play with the blue colour on the board, to see how well I could use it for shading. I started by using a white paint (no water) and put it onto the board, this lifted up some of the blue paint making the nice light blue that is in the middle of the board.
Then I waited a little bit for it to dry and I decided to go in with more white paint (no water). To make the simple shape of the bone. For the shadowing and darkness of the bone I would just keep moving the white paint around in that area to slowly lift up the blue underneath. I would do this till it was as light or dark as I wanted it.
Third Board (yellow)…..
This board I could use any colour paint I wanted expect black, but I could not use any paint brushes. I used a deer’s bone.
For this painting I used my figure to put the paint onto the board, I would put the paint straight onto my finger and then add it onto the board. I started by loading my finer with white paint and making the shape of the bone. Then I started in with the grey paint and added this to the darker areas of the bones and the lightly shaded places. Then I went in with the very dark brown paint this was placed in the very dark marks on the bones and the dark shading. I also use this colour with some yellow to make the shadow to give the illusion of a shadow.
Fourth Board (red)…..
This board I could do anything I wanted. So I decided to use a rat skull that I have as it wanted to do a simple painting.
I am not as keen on this one as it is too simple, but I do like it as I wanted it to be simple. With this board I want to go over with a thin layer of red to make it hard to see, but the skull would be there.
For this all I did was using a paint brush I added white paint (no water)onto the board and then painted out the shape of the skull and teeth. Then I used a beige in order to give a 3D look and a light shadowing.
In the start of painting class we did some paintings on boards to see how we could use colours and just to get us painting. This involved the task of finding loads of small objects, and we would paint them onto the board.
Due to having time restriction and not really being able to pick what I wanted to paint on that day, I didn’t really like this task and I found it annoying cause I couldn’t have time or go into detail. But after I decided to just try to have fun with it, instead of making something good.
My First Board (paint an object)…..
This board we could do what ever I wanted (paint what ever item I wanted), as long as we covered the whole board. I had 10-20 mins to paint this board (I cant remember exactly).
How I did it…..
I started by painting a little panda key chain I have. I got this in New York so I decided to paint it, as it mean something to me. For this I painted the shape of the panda, by painting two circles. Then I added in the arms. Once I had done that I started to add in the 3D affect and then the ears, eyes and hat.
I forgot about the time, so by the time I had done the panda the lecturer said there was a couple of minutes left. So I quickly grabbed a note book I own, with a fox on it. I did the background with the colour the note book and then I started to paint on the fox. I really rushed this. I lightly added the different colours of the fox with a rounded make up brush and this really worked well to make a fur like look. At the end, to add everything together, I flicked paint onto the board just to have something that could link it all together. While the class was talking about each piece I also added the chain of the panda.
The Second Board (focus on one bit of an item)…..
This board I had to paint the whole board again but instead i had to focus into one item and a certain bit of the item. This was a fur of the fox on my notepad.
How I did it…..
For this one it was so simple. I used the same paintbrush as before (rounded makeup brush). I started to just paint lightly in the directions of the fur of the fox. i focus on the stomach/tail/foot.
Third Board (no brushes)…..
This board I had to do a painting with no paint brush. I decided to do the fox again and then I just used my finger. This allowed me To load up the paint and started to paint it on to the board.
How I did this…..
For this I used my finger to paint the paint onto the board. I focused on the same part of the fox as I had before, but I also had an idea I wanted to try to add in texture. While in the class I need to go get tissue, so the tissue I found was really thin. This gave me the idea to put it onto the painting to add some texture but also to have a faded effect on the paint. I laid the tissue over the image I just painted and pressed it on, I also ripped some of it to so I could see the painting underneath as well.
Fourth Board (don’t use black paint)…..
This Board I had to paint something without using black paint. so I decided to do my change holder that I got from morocco. even thought it had a black as a main colour.
How I did this…..
I started by figure painting the morocco bag. as the main colour was black I decided to use purple instead. Then I started to add the detailing the best I could with my finger but ended up just dotting it on. Then i went in with the tissue to add the texture of the bag (material). I added two layers and then i wanted to leave it so I didn’t mess it up.