Since my first initial response to ‘Floating Island’ I’ve thought a lot about my surroundings and how I can intereperate nature into my ideas in subject. A way I did this was by visiting a few of my favourite places that I felt really showed the beauty of nature. Two of my favourite places that I visited were Roath Park where I captured images of swans on the lake. I also visited a beach near my home in Plymouth called Jennycliff where I captured images of the waves crashing against the rocks and also the rocky cliffs. When sitting at Jennycliff I couldn’t help but notice the amount of litter left by people who had been there for picnics and also rubbish that had been washed up onto the beach by the waves. Seeing this really made me realise that a lot of people do not think about the effects they have on the environment when not picking up there rubbish after themselves. This has lead me to looking more into ways we pollute the sea and how it is affecting the animals living in this environment.
The more I moved along the beach I noticed a lot more debris washed up against the rocks. I began to collect a few of the things that I saw washed up like pieces of warn rope to take home. Using the rope and a few things from my garden that were going to be thrown away, I began to lay out my items to start drawing. I used white acrylic paint and different blue inks to create this piece. Over all I am quite pleased with how this has come out. I used pieces of crinkled brown paper and tissue paper on parts of this as i thought it would give an interesting effect underneath the acrylic and the inks. I really like the textured pieces this collages painting the most as I feel they are the most interesting to look at and give this piece a more layered effect.
One of my ideas following this was to create a PVA fish that I would be able to print with ink. I wanted to try out this technique as I thought using PVA would allow me to use different materials to be able to create a more diverse amount of textures when printing. The kinds of materials I have used were things like rice, string, straws etc as I thought these kinds of materials would leave very interesting marks when printing. I’m very happy with how this has turned out as the textures left in the hardened PVA printed very well in the printing press. One of the things I like the most is that the textures leave a very interesting pattern and give the illusion of scales of the side of the body. I found this exercise to be quite helpful with my studies and I think I could develop this more by using more of the litter and debris that gets washed up onto the side of the beaches.