Saturday: April 21, 2017, Throwback to the Guggenheim, Bilbao. The building creates an experience like no other with the twisting and curving forms that make you move direction without realising. It is truly a piece of art in itself and seeing the works of some of my favourite artists all in one place has to make it one of my all time favourite galleries for its’ architecture as well as the art. I hope to return soon.
Easter Morning: sheep in the Garden!
I am spending Easter in the Shropshire hills, aka Mum and Dads!
Over the past few days, I have been working and watching everyone enjoy their bank holiday weekend, so it was nice to have the day off and spend some time with the family.
At the end of the month, I will be giving a presentation on my artwork and influences from over the past year. Over the past few days, I have been organising all my photographs ready to put on the presentation, I find that uploading and sorting the images out takes up the bulk of the preparation time, but I enjoy the making process more than the delivery!. Since I did the last presentation in the third year, my artwork has changed a lot. I used to be more interested in expressing how the landscape made me feel with thick impasto oil paint, moving the paint around with palette knives. Recently I have been looking more at layering paint and finding the image through the paint in an aim to shake up my compositions; however, I am still looking at creating atmosphere, mood and a sense of place. The presentation deadline marks almost the last part of semester two, meaning I am nearly a third of the way through my masters. It is going so quickly, and I don't want it to end!
This week I have been going through the photos that I took and getting them ready for my website and catalogue with the help of photoshop.
In today’s tutorial, we debated which paintings to put forward for the show. What colour background they should be against, and observing things that are just generally off.
Bringing over the ten boards from the old college by hand was quite a challenge- but had to be done. Seeing them in a show setting changed everything about them. White did not work one bit. There needs to be another contrasting colour to hang the paintings against to allow the eye to move around the images and bring some of the subtleties back to life. Seeing them in the bright lights also let me see some of the layers which I thought had been covered, but were still shining through- this needs to be amended before I varnish them.
Recently I took photos with the app FrameX to see what they would look like on the wall setting- I chose a grey background which helps bring out the colours, and I’m hoping I can mix/find the same for the show!