These photos are from making the 3D piece of work, I found this easier than i though but then I had to take it home due to covid and it got smashed from the journey. This made recreating the work very hard.
As I already had the painting done as it was partly an experiment for the next piece, I got a piece of MDF that was the right size and marked out the pilot holes into the canvas. then I started using clay to for the back of the “earth”. I tried to smudge it on the board to it would stick (it didn’t). then I used some of the mushroom I had made to stick in the clay, this was easier as i had added nails into the bottom of them. I did also make new mushrooms which I painted and them dried when I was at the accommodation.
I added the mushrooms and other materials onto the clay (grass is from fake flowers, water is melted crayons, mud is crushed clay and super glue to make it look wet, mushrooms thick leaves, stumps and rocks are all clay) I let the whole thing dry.
I used a mixture of water colours and acrylic to make vibrate colours to paint the clay. i should have cut the board before adding the clay because i wanted the middle (empty) bit out but decided to paint it as the clay was to delicate to saw the wood.
This is the finish look of the work I am really happy with out it has turned out and i feel the 3d element makes the work more inviting.
the idea behind this is how someone who takes drugs to escape realty might see their head space, and they have to take a very long path to get back to real life. the bright colours and friend look is to show how they like being away from reality and in a sense going back to life is like going to the light when your dying.
As I have been looking into head space within in sculpture, I have decided to look into both how I feel and what I image. When thinking about being inside my head I used music a lot to escape it. The piece started as a painting of what leaving my mind could look like. It remind me of Kendal Murray. I am going to be look into her more.
To create this piece I started by painting the background, at first I was just thinking of having this painting as an experiment. This is to be understand how to paint a fantasy world (as this was my first time). I wanted to be able to create a better background for my plaster skull. Once I had painted this, it then developed into a more relief piece. Due to wanted to have a lot more control within making the mushrooms and landscape, I used clay instead of plaster. The water within the artwork is made from melted crayons.
I am now going to paint and complete the plaster skull I have made.
For this I’m looking into an artist and their method on making art. so I’m am looking into Tian Haisu.
Tian Haisu is a young Chinese painter who makes art by land skating, she makes black and white paintings. She create massive scale art by using her inline roller blades this combines her love for ice-skating and art. that have a tub of paint that slowly spill onto the wheels. she uses the front wheel to create the smaller details of the piece. her paintings are black and white landscapes.
This is a video of the prosses of her making the art. it also shows how she uses the roller blades to make this art.it takes you through her making her paintings called blood-lane-line it is 40 feet tall by 20 feet wide, most of her works are on massive scales. as she does her paintings she will fill up the tub on her boots. This piece was present in the California Institute of arts, It was also a really liked piece within the show.
Before she makes her art she will sketch them out as a design. Then she will go in with the roller blades. These are some photos of her making her work. The next photos are of her beautiful works. her works are both simple yet stunning. Due to the fact she keep its in a traditional style of painting.
She uses her unique way of making art, to make traditional Chinese paintings. she used her whole body to create the art as she has to use her balance to se able to use the roller skates.
her art includes a range of mountains, trees, water and sometimes buildings that are within the landcape she is painting.
This is website that explains a little more about how she makes her work and what she uses for her art. This really shows how you don’t have to use normal tool to make traditional art.
I manged to bring clay back to be able to make the mushrooms, i started by looking at some reference photos and shaped them. I am so happy with how they turned out.
Making the first one I found a hard as I needed to find a controlled and logical way of making them, once I had made the first mushroom I found my way I liked to do them. This meant that I started to make them faster and tried different styles.
I started getting a lump of clay to make the cap (the top of the mushroom). From this I would then use slip to add in the stem. Once the stem was on I would add the gills (lines under the cap). Then I would add the skirt (little bit coming off the stem.
I used a craft knife and scalpel to make form and markings.
painting the mushrooms…..
I dried the mushrooms on my radiator at my accommodation, I did end up braking one but it was very thin anyway so probably wouldn’t have worked. The ones that did work I manged to paint and I am so happy with how they look.
I painted these by starting painting them white to get a good base colour. Then I went in to the stem with a grey to give it a more natural look and some of them with brown and also black.
Then I started to paint the gills I used white and then I when in with grey and black to show the lighting would be above them. This was just to make the look even better than just having it white.
To finish the look, i went in with white on the cap and then started to add a light brown all over but not tasking care at the very edges as some apart can be white. when the lighter brown was on, I then went in with a slightly darker brown in the middle to give it a better look. As nature is not perfect I then also added random white and black marks to the cap.
This was the main basses of how I made all the mushrooms, I am so happy with them and think they look so realistic. I might be making more but not sure yet.
For this I wanted to keep it related to my art, so I’m going to use it to help my painting project as well. I’m going to look in to the sciences and physical way that a human ages over time. (I wanted to look in to cancer but I know a lot about this so I decided to go for something I know less about).
How A Person Ages Over Time – online research
The cognitive function (to start getting “old”). changes a lot within our bodies. What I want to research is growing old but I want to focus on blindness.
Presbyopia (Age Related Eyes Sight Lose)…..
its where the lens of the eye will stiffen, so it wouldn’t be flexible enough to focus on close range objects. This starts around 40s and increasingly get worse until around 65s year old.
Another eye condition is Fuchs’ dystrophy. This is less common but also can be caused by aging and drugs. This is where the outer layer of the eye thickens leaving the eye with a cloudy look to others.
This interested me because it could show how in hindsight ,when we are older, we regret things from when we where younger. This would help me show a humans lifetime within my work as it links the young and old together.
This is a video talking about how it feels to lose vision over age, it focuses on how one made got a lot of anxiety over this.
I found this interesting, This is an artist who talks to blind people to create what they think their loved ones look like. It shows how blind people see without their eyes and its not far off the true look of the subject.
This is just a trailer but I found it interesting as it shows how blindness can effect anyone, but the full videos is a documentary on blindness.
This is an article from The Newyork Times about a person who had gone blind with age. It talks about how he has struggled with it, They also give some ways to help the blind from their view of having it.
Artist Research – using time and aging in their work…..
Marna Clarke – “Time As We Know It”
Marna Clarke is a photographer, she lives in new York. she has a project called “Time As We Know It” this is a project where she takes photos for aging. The main subject of the photos is herself and her partner.
She started the project around 5 years ago. The whole point was to document her “growing old”.
Keith Salmon is a blind artist. his work includes bright colours to make landscape pieces
These stood out to me as they still give off the look of a landscape yet he is blind. The vibrant colours and brush work really make this piece put together and creates texture.
For this I want to start working with a sketching how I can use and manipulate the background to add more ideas with time and Egyptian religion. I am going to sketch out some ideas and then try to start adding them on. but i also might just experiment with random ideas that I don’t want to use encase they work better.
Things i want to work from:
I want to take inspiration from these because:
I really like the positioning of this one. due to the fact you can not see the middle of the flower making it look more natural instead of being angle and placed.
I liked the idea you can see the middle so it would help to paint/ draw the middle of the flower if i wanted to. it does also look natural as well.
I chose this one as I love how you can see the colours of the petals but it also shows how fragile they are due to how they give the look of nearly being transparent.
This is a beautiful painting from Egyptians of their blue water lotus, I want to try and include this into the painting as this is where it has come from and I think it would be very respectful to add in some type of their style of painting.
Me Doing My Sketches:
These are some photos of me while making the sketch page from the inspiration photos I found online. I used as many different mediums as i have assess to right now (expect paint, as I don’t have any paper that can handle paint)
At first I thought I wasn’t that keen on the style the Egyptian art but now after using different style I do quite like it. Both of the flower style caught my eye. this means I want to experiment with both and see if I can involve both.
The Final Look Of The Sketch page……
This is the final look of the sketch page. this page helped a lot, just to see how each different material would look when using it for the same thing. i do like the black and white drawings but I do feel like it defeats the point in having the blue and yellow symbolism. so I feel its best to stick with a colour approach and also I feel the coloured pencils worked best even though I still really do like the felt pens
the next thing i can do is try and add them to my works within the studio as i want to use the background to influence the position of the flowers and i cant do that by practice. so for now I am going to do what I have done here with some of my other ideas.
A big part of my art is finding ways to express what I want to, but I also love looking into peoples cultures and finding out about their arts and beliefs as I find this really interesting. One that I have really loved is looking into is the Egyptian beliefs and the stories of their gods.
I have looked in to this a lot in the past and i find their belief of the after life interesting as a lot of people believe there is nothing. I am not sure what I believe, so I do like to get very involved in others thoughts as they do help me to be more open minded.
This means my art could take two different views, as I could do a persons life through time leading to nothing and then I could do a life leading to the after life.
For me to fully understand the after life I feel I need to look into the reason or beginning of the belief. For this I’m going to look deeper into the first tomb we found that shows us about what they did for the afterlife
Kha and Merit…..
Kha and merit were a husband (kha) and his wife (merit) who lives within a small village that was located between the desert and the river Nile in Egypt about 35,000 years ago. Their tomb was discovered and explored within 1906, They then moved everything within the tomb to a museum in Italy.
Within the tomb was all of their belongings from food to perfumes and more, this did also include their mummified bodies. This is the easiest form of preparing for the afterlife we have found (I think).
The belief of the afterlife was so strong that most of their life the people of this belief would make sure their hearts are not full of sin, as this would be detrimental for them in the journey through the under world.
What Happens within And Before The Afterlife…..
Egyptians loved life and they believed in life after death. For this they would have to lead good lives with no sin. They believed that the afterlife was like crossing the Nile and that living after death would be life their normal life, but only perfect. This is where they would become immortal.
To be prepared for the afterlife they would be mummified and put into a tomb. This tomb would be filled with all their belongings, for them to use within the afterlife. This could be from chairs to perfume to food and wine and a lot more.
Within the funeral all their belongings will be put into the tomb but there will also be a retiral called the “opening of the mouth” this is where a family member will use a tool to touch against the dead’s mouth. This tool is called a adze. (it was a special chisel)
Other parts of the retiral would include:
A band playing music – to open the persons hearing.
Dances – to open up the persons sight.
Perfume and scents – presented to the persons noise to open their smell.
The best food/wine – to open the persons soul.
This would then prepare them for the afterlife.
Their view on dead is a temporary thing before immortality. To be able to get to the afterlife and live within the perfect immortality, they would have to take a dangerous journey through the underworld. This would involved many different tasks that the god make but the most important one is the last test “the weighting of the heart”. This is where the god Osiris tests their heart for sin.
A heavy heart is a sign of sin and that their where bad within their life, a light heart means they lead a good life. If you are found to have a heavy heart this would lead for your heart to be through to a beast.
To help a person through this journey there was a book that was made called “book of the dead” this book was full of magical spells to help someone make it to the afterlife. this book was made on papyrus
Painting (looking into realism and positioning (linking to book of the dead in Egypt))
Alyssa monks is am American painter who does very realist paintings normally of humans. her amazingly real artwork catches the eye to be a photograph. When painting the person she loves to use water and steam within the painting image. This has lead to a lot of her art being people bathing or in baths and showers.
these are some of her works. I really like these are the colours she uses are not too bright and are very natural. One thin that Alyssa monks aims for is the idea of you being able to put yourself in the persons position. I don’t think I can relate to the second and third image, but I do find it hard to look at the first image as the water being in his eyes makes me feel weird as I know I hate that feeling. so I cant look at the image in a combatable way.
I want to use the idea of realism painting within both my abstract and a new idea I have had. i want to have a painting of both a water lily skull and person on my abstract paintings I want to see how each one looks and works with the abstract so I’m going to do a lot of abstract backgrounds.
I also want to do a more refined piece where I want to do the idea of generations a lot more and have a realistic paintings of different generations. I do also want to some how involve a water lilly into thiese as well.
Both of these ideas need to have a lot more work put towards them as they are not ready so I want to focus on experimenting with these a lot more. So from here I am going to so two post on me developing both ideas and what I want to get out of them.
For this I had to get a stick and some ink and draw. There was a couple of problems with this. one there was no ink in the studio and two i forgot to get a stick.
Instead I decided to use watered down acrylic and 4 paintbrushes tasked together with masking tape.
My Paint Brush….
First And Second (Stick And Acrylic)…..
The side on face was my first drawing, These are both 5 mins long each. At first this was my attempt on how I could use the stick and paint and trying to see how it would move on the paper. The second Drawing (one facing straight on) is so much better and a lot more confident. I really like the second one as I feel it had better features and better structure.
My Third Drawing (Paint Brushes Taped On My Fingers )…..
This was the third drawing I did. The marks on the face where not ament to be there. They are from wet paint on the bother page. To be able to create this painting I taped two paintbrushes to my fingers and then painted.
I like this piece as I manged to get a lot more done on a bigger scale. I do think if I took my time more I could have been able to do a lot better. I do like the shape of the face though and how I have done the hair and also added the shading to the hair. so I used this technique in to my other drawings.
My Forth Drawing (with two paint brushes taped on my fingers)…..
This was also painted with two paint brushes taped onto my fingers. I did this a lot faster than the first one so it ended up looking like a potato. This is due to the headspace being off by the jaw and also not realistic. I feel like I didn’t care for this one as much.
I feel I could spend more time on the face shape and then start to go in with the eyes and hair to get a better portion and look for the person.
My Fifth Drawing ( Two Paint Brushes Taped Together)…..
This was another painting that I did with the paint brushes taped together. I do like the idea of this as I like the look that it gave off with the two different lines. To improve this I could use to colours and have the different colours on each brush so when they cross they would change colours.
One of my best things on this paintings is the texture of the hair and how having the different brushes loaded with paint would leave the lines and the texture.
I think form this I would take using the two different colours and also how I manged to do the hair.
Drawing (Using Two Brushes Taped Together And Two Colours)…..
At first I hated this painting. I used the light blue to mark how the facial structures and then I went in with red and then to add even more shadow I mixed the blue and red for a purple.
I do like this piece now as I didn’t really want it to look perfect as I knew it wouldn’t, but I do like the colours within it. I decided to add in the splashes of colour partly because it is easier to draw/paint on a page with something on it. this is because it not as intimidating as a white blank page. Also partly because I dropped paint on it.
I then decided I liked how everything is in this so I wanted to do my next one like this too.
Second Drawing (Paint Brushes Taped Together And Two Colours)…..
I do really like how I did the shading within this painting and how I have done the jumper and nose. I do this the face shape could be improved by making it thinner.
I like the colours I used for the hair but I feel the shape of the front of the hair is two high and not natural, so I could make that a little more flat.
I did find this tasks hard but I did like them. at first I wanted them to all look really good and natural but then after realizing the wont I kind of accept they will look more abstract and this let me enjoy it more and actual do better within it. but I don’t feel like I’m improving I do just feel I’m doing the same thing over and over and not getting better.