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April 29th
2:02 am

Final Piece In Situ

Shown in this picture is my final piece in situ in a white walled gallery space. I think it’s large size is something that makes this piece really successful as it looks suitably placed next to the other works in this picture. I think the colours also complement each other, even from a view this far away.

Final Piece In Situ

Shown in this picture is my final piece in situ in a white walled gallery space. I think it’s large size is something that makes this piece really successful as it looks suitably placed next to the other works in this picture. I think the colours also complement each other, even from a view this far away.

Filed as: final piece   display   gallery  

April 29th
1:52 am

FINAL PIECE

Shown above is my final painting in response to my visit to Hampstead in North London. As I explained in the writing attached to my final piece page, the abstract shapes, lines and marks came from drawings and developments of a model I made. The model was made up up of wooden panels cut into the shapes I saw in my photographs; for example a church spire, trees and the negative space between some houses. I covered sections of these wooden panels in plaster to add texture and a more interesting 3D texture to draw from. I also included materials that I saw on my visit such as aged wooden strips and a plastic circle. After lots of observational drawing of my model I came up with composition ideas which eventually led to this arrangement. 

Artist research was a key part to this project, probably more so that any previous project I have done before. Both Hepworth and Nicholson were really good artists to look into initially and researching their style really helped me to form a technique throughout. Rocio Rodriguez however provided me with most of my inspiration; this was an artist that I found on pinterest and had never come across before. His expressive mark making and block colours and shapes influenced me to look at my model in a different way and see it as forms and patterns. Combining elements from these three artists meant I felt confident in developing my own style which I used to create composition arrangements and ultimately this piece. 

I’m happy with my final piece and think that I have successfully answered my brief in producing a painting suitable for a local Hampstead gallery conveying the areas artistic history. I think it’s size and soft colour palette would mean it would suit a white walled gallery space, and be interesting enough for people to wonder what the meaning is behind it. 

I have really enjoyed this project; I would say perhaps that its been my favourite one in the A2 year. I really liked the freedom of devising my own brief and using a location as inspiration. I feel I developed my ideas well in this project which was something that I struggled with in previous projects. 

April 28th
6:18 pm

Producing the final piece

The pictures above show the development of my final piece. I started by placing my 1m x 1.5m piece of paper on the floor in my house; it stayed here over the couple of days that I worked on it. I put a grey wash on the background. In the second picture you can see the first bits of paint that I applied. I started with the brown strip on the left so that I knew whether to place the other shapes. The blue square I did next; it took me while to mix the right colour as a wanted it to be a sort of duck egg blue, the colour I saw on many of the front doors in Hampstead. I then did the white circle which I swirled black ink in to to try and re-create the texture that the plaster made on the wooden pieces of my model.I next did the black square in the middle. I had to be really careful when applying and removing the masking tape and make sure each section was carefully put down. This part took quite a while to dry also so I had to leave it overnight. At this point I also drew the lines onto my brown strip with a black pen. I also decided that the blue square was too boring on its own so with a pencil sketched three horizontal lines across it; I had done this in an idea a while back. I then started with the charcoal applying the lines first in the top right hand corner. I then did the bits above and below the black square. 

At this point I had completed my final idea however I didn’t feel that it was finished yet. I felt the bottom left hand corner looked a little empty so I decided to fill another abstract shape with colour (I had also used this section before in a previous composition experiment). 

Filed as: final piece   development   process  

April 28th
5:49 pm

FINAL IDEA
After the interim review I decided that I wanted to use composition three however on a portrait page instead of landscape. I thought that using the same components this way round would make the page appear more complete. I tried it first on an A1 sheet, the photograph which you can see above. I think that it worked quite well and would look good at an even larger size when I start my final piece. 
On the page opposite you can see my final idea. The idea came mainly from the model which I built earlier in the project. The model was made up up of wooden panels cut into the shapes I saw in my photographs; for example a church spire, trees and the negative space between some houses. I covered sections of these wooden panels in plaster to add texture and a more interesting 3D texture to draw from. I also included materials that I saw on my visit such as aged wooden strips and a plastic circle. In response to my model I drew the shapes and colours I saw; I tried some collage in the style of Ben Nicholson but preferred doing this method using paint. Through working out various compositions I reached a bit of a dead end. However discovering artist Rocio Rodriguez made me see my model in a whole new light by instead looking at the shapes the parts created and focusing on the application of my materials. In his style I tried a few more composition ideas which eventually led me to this idea here. 
I feel that the meanings behind the shapes and where I got them from means that I am answering the brief I set in producing a painting representing Hampstead. Perhaps I have not particularly showed its history in this idea but I still think influences of Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson can be seen. 

I have decided to do my final piece on paper and not board or canvas because I like the crinkled, imperfect created when water and paint are applied. As I am producing an abstract painting this too will not be perfect so I don’t want the base to be either. I have already cut my paper and it measures around 1m by 1.5m - I now need to apply the grey wash background so that I can start painting. 

FINAL IDEA

After the interim review I decided that I wanted to use composition three however on a portrait page instead of landscape. I thought that using the same components this way round would make the page appear more complete. I tried it first on an A1 sheet, the photograph which you can see above. I think that it worked quite well and would look good at an even larger size when I start my final piece. 

On the page opposite you can see my final idea. The idea came mainly from the model which I built earlier in the project. The model was made up up of wooden panels cut into the shapes I saw in my photographs; for example a church spire, trees and the negative space between some houses. I covered sections of these wooden panels in plaster to add texture and a more interesting 3D texture to draw from. I also included materials that I saw on my visit such as aged wooden strips and a plastic circle. In response to my model I drew the shapes and colours I saw; I tried some collage in the style of Ben Nicholson but preferred doing this method using paint. Through working out various compositions I reached a bit of a dead end. However discovering artist Rocio Rodriguez made me see my model in a whole new light by instead looking at the shapes the parts created and focusing on the application of my materials. In his style I tried a few more composition ideas which eventually led me to this idea here. 

I feel that the meanings behind the shapes and where I got them from means that I am answering the brief I set in producing a painting representing Hampstead. Perhaps I have not particularly showed its history in this idea but I still think influences of Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson can be seen. 

I have decided to do my final piece on paper and not board or canvas because I like the crinkled, imperfect created when water and paint are applied. As I am producing an abstract painting this too will not be perfect so I don’t want the base to be either. I have already cut my paper and it measures around 1m by 1.5m - I now need to apply the grey wash background so that I can start painting. 

Filed as: final idea   painting   development  

April 28th
5:24 pm

Interim Review Feedback

At the beginning of April I presented my three A1 prototype sheets to rest of my class for feedback and ideas of where to go next. I found presenting a very useful task as it allowed me to narrow down and explain my ideas precisely so that I myself was clear what I was doing. I got positive points on each piece and things to improve on but it seems that prototype three was the most aesthetically pleasing to the group; this is also my favourite composition layout. I was told that the arrangement showed my best the practice and development done throughout my project including inspiration from artist research. I told them also that I was thinking about changing it’s aspect from landscape to portrait which they agreed could work well. 

The interim view has been a really valuable experience to learn what others thought about my work. With the comments I received I will now proceed to try composition three on a portrait page in preparation for using this idea as for my final piece. 

Filed as: preparation   feedback   research  

April 28th
1:45 pm

A1 Prototypes

On from my initial ideas I moved out of my sketchbook and made these three prototypes. They all contain different features from all three different ideas and show different composition experiments. After doing these I have decided to have my final piece portrait as I think it’ll look better on a larger scale. I will use these 3 sheets for my the class interim review. 

Filed as: prototypes   ideas   development  

April 28th
1:20 pm

Initial Idea 3

Shown on this double page spread is my third initial idea into what style I want to use for my final piece. This style is inspired by my artist research into Rocio Rodriguez; I tried to use the same colour combinations and mark making as he does. The composition for the two squares above came from the model I made, the photograph on the insert shows how it was laid out when I was working from it. Both are fairly similar and use similar colours, however I have used different shapes. I like the block shapes in the composition below as this contrasts well with the expressive charcoal marks. The page to the right shows a larger composition idea. I took the shapes of each bit from objects in my photographs, similar to as I did in idea 2. I used oil pasted as well in this piece to draw the outline of the houses in the blue section. I really like this composition and think the colour palette would work well on a larger scale as the colours are stronger than the other two arrangements. I now need to try some on a larger scale to see if the composition layouts will have the same effect. 

Initial Idea 3

Shown on this double page spread is my third initial idea into what style I want to use for my final piece. This style is inspired by my artist research into Rocio Rodriguez; I tried to use the same colour combinations and mark making as he does. The composition for the two squares above came from the model I made, the photograph on the insert shows how it was laid out when I was working from it. Both are fairly similar and use similar colours, however I have used different shapes. I like the block shapes in the composition below as this contrasts well with the expressive charcoal marks. The page to the right shows a larger composition idea. I took the shapes of each bit from objects in my photographs, similar to as I did in idea 2. I used oil pasted as well in this piece to draw the outline of the houses in the blue section. I really like this composition and think the colour palette would work well on a larger scale as the colours are stronger than the other two arrangements. I now need to try some on a larger scale to see if the composition layouts will have the same effect. 

Filed as: initial idea   development  

April 28th
1:18 pm

RESEARCH: Rocio Rodriguez

I found this artist on pinterest and was instantly drawn by his unique compositions and surface qualities. I like the way that it is not clear what any of his pieces represent; it is up to the viewer to interpret their meanings. His colour combinations are also a feature that work really successfully. His use of one colour each time alongside grey or black make each painting differentiable which is hard in a more abstract style of art. 

Filed as: artist research   contextual  

April 28th
1:15 pm

Initial Idea 2
(writing on insert in book)

Initial Idea 2

(writing on insert in book)

Filed as: initial idea   development  

April 28th
1:14 pm

These two drawings show my experimentation with using lines to make the shape of an object. I used the image of a victorian house (I drew the same image in ink a few pages back) I made this pattern. I used charcoal and pen to show a varying line thickness and tried to keep the lines curved as Winters did. I then drew the same pattern on a page that I covered in oil paint and ink to make a textured background. The contrast between the defined pattern and the random imperfect background makes a really interesting composition. 

I like the idea of making a shape in this way however I would need to develop it further to make it more refined, detailed and relevant in representing Hampstead. 

These two drawings show my experimentation with using lines to make the shape of an object. I used the image of a victorian house (I drew the same image in ink a few pages back) I made this pattern. I used charcoal and pen to show a varying line thickness and tried to keep the lines curved as Winters did. I then drew the same pattern on a page that I covered in oil paint and ink to make a textured background. The contrast between the defined pattern and the random imperfect background makes a really interesting composition. 

I like the idea of making a shape in this way however I would need to develop it further to make it more refined, detailed and relevant in representing Hampstead. 

Filed as: drawing   development   line  

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