Colour and Shape

After looking at ‘Floating Island’ closely I have began to experiment with colour and shape. What I find interesting about the way in which Makiko Kudo works is the mixture of different tone colours he uses to create the leaves and greenery in his work. There are no harsh lines separating leaf from leaf but you are able to clearly see this and this is because of his use of colour. This is something I definatly want to be able to create in my own work.

My response to Kudo’s work has mainly focused on the colours he has used in the ‘Floating Island’ painting. I have mainly focused on using greens, yellows, oranges and blues. What I have tried to do in my own pieces is to create layering effects using different types of paint like watercolour and acrylics to create a more built up effect and then using white acrylic paint and water I have created concerntrate rings of paint that are then blurred and murged into the rest of the painting. I think that this creates a very interesting layered effect.

With my art work recently I have mainly been focusing my thoughts around the process of how I am creating. When creating layered mixed media pieces I think that the process of what your using to create your piece can sometimes be the most important. This is something I want to continue focusing on throughout the year as I find the process of making to be quite important to me when I work.

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Makiko Kudo – Floating Island

A week ago I was able to go to London to visit a few different galleries which included the Saatchi and Tate Modern. When visiting the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea I was able to see this piece above by artist Makiko Kudo made in 2012.

What really drew me into this piece was the vibrant colours of the trees and leaves framing around the painting. The colours in person were very bright and eye catching which I really enjoy and the different shapes he uses to create leaves I also like. Another aspect of this painting I quite like is the colour of the river. I really like the colours together and also the shadow the floating island creates on the water.

After looking at this piece by Kudo my thoughts on my first initial response is to experiment with colour and photography. My plan is to visit a few different locations in Cardiff such as Llandaff by the river and Bute Park. In these places I can take photographs using my film camera of rivers and streams and also of the trees to begin working from these focusing on the colours. I also want to link people in with my work whether that’s doing portraiture or candid photography I’m not sure yet but I’m hoping that I can do this by creating a few collage pieces and experimenting with photoshop.

This year I really want to work on including photography with my work and use these photographs to inspire me to create mixed media pieces.

A Key Moment for Me This Year

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Two Pieces Above by Dieter Roth

A Key Moment this year for me was finding the work of Dieter Roth, a Swiss artist who is well know for his artist books. (Shown Above)

Throughout the start of this first year I really struggled with what I wanted to work towards for my final pieces and also what theme to go around for Outside/Inside. When I had realised I wanted to base my work around my thoughts and feelings finding the work of Dieter Roth really inspired me to create the pieces that I did. What I really enjoy about his artist books is that it is a visual diary. He uses words, diagrams and colour to create these pieces and I think is pieces are simple but quite beautiful. All of the colours together create a very welcoming look and the colours that bleed through the pages leave quite an interesting effect. Another aspect of these pieces that I really love is that each page is dated. This relates a lot more to my first final piece then my second as on the back of each card of my first final piece is the date I had completed it and also they are displayed in order of date like Roth’s work. I have used a similar technique to Roth’s pieces above by applying colour over my writing. Doing this on my own pieces has partly masked the writing which I think speaks very loudly to the point I’m trying to make about no one really knowing how anyone is thinking or feeling. You think you know but you never will know. This leaves quite an effective look I feel and gives the piece a layered look.

Gerhard Richter

An artist that has inspired my first final piece for Outside/Inside is the work of Gerhard Richter. Whilst in London I visited the Tate Modern and was able to see a few of Richter’s paintings. Richter has created these abstract pieces by layering paint and then wiping over his canvas with a squeegee. Doing this drags the layers of paint and you are able to see the colours that were layered underneath. What I really enjoy about his paintings are the mixes of colours he uses.

Above are a collect of oil painting by Richter called ‘The Cage Paintings’. These paintings have many different textures as there are lines from where a squeegee has been dragged and paused on the paints surface, brush strokes and also areas where the oil paint has dried and created a rippled effect. There are also areas where the paint looks delicate and fluid. This collection of paintings are named after a musician called John Cage as Richter listened to Cage’s music whilst creating these pieces and wanted to name them after the composer. Richter has also been interested in Cage’s ideas around ambient sound and silence as well as his use of chance in musical composition.

I really like the idea of listening to music and creating a collection of work. Listening to the music and creating movements of sound in paint or pen or any material. I think this could be a really good idea for when I create my final outcomes. I can listen to the music and use colour to reflect the emotions I feel listening to the song/songs and how it makes me feel. I think the way that Richter works is something that I could possibly do for my first final piece which relates to Artist Trading Cards as it is relating to my thoughts and feelings.

Update:

When creating my first final piece I listened to a playlist of music I created which reminds me of when I was a young child and also being around my mum. Whilst being at uni I have found it quite hard being far from family and friends for months on end as I had only been away from home for a week or two before hand. For my first final piece I was inspired Richter and him listening to music and creating movement. For my work I have used music to express emotion when creating my Trading Cards. Below is a list of music I listened to each day I created one of my ATC’S. Each song I have a personal connection with as they are songs that make me feel a lot of different emotions both happy and sad.

 

Duran Duran – Ordinary World

Cher – Believe

Candi Staton – Young Heart Run Free

Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

Bryan Adams – Heaven

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

Duran Duran – Girls on Film

Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf

Natalie Imbruglia – Torn

Robbie Williams – Millenium

East 17 – Stay Another Day

Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply

Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Robbie Williams – Angels

Fatboy Slim – Praise You

R. Kelly – The Worldest Greatest

Mario – Let Me Love You

Blur – Parklife

The Ronettes – Be My Baby

Athlete – Wires

Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line

Seal – Kiss from a Rose

Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

Duran Duran – Rio

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

Sum 41 – In Too Deep

R.E.M – Losing My Religion

TLC -Waterfalls

Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

Enya – Orinoco Flow

Bill Withers – Everybody’s Talkin’

The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil

Bryan Adams – I’m Ready

Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

Bruce Channel – Hey Baby

Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time

Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song

Cher – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

Blondie – The Tide Is High

The Monkees – Daydream Believer

Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Robbie Williams – Rock DJ

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

Field Artist – Melanie Bowles

Melanie Bowles is a Textile Design artist who is one of the artists that have inspired me through the field project weeks.

I have chosen Bowles work as one of my main inspirations (as well as Kate  Gibb) during most of field her work has helpd lead me to the idea that I have for my Field Week Individual Final Piece.

One of the reason I have chosen Bowles work is of course the use of colour that she uses in her work. I really like the bright, luminous colours that she uses for her pieces as they give them a very cheerful and happy vibe. I also like how she uses them in different patterns wether it’s dott work or solid coloured shapes this technique helps to build on the layered effect.

For my Final Project Outcome for Field I want to create a layered design like this that will turn a flat surface into something quite three-dimensional when looking. I really like this idea as I enjoy that Bowles work is on a flat surface Material but it doesn’t look flat the pieces themselves have a layered depth to them and this is because of the colour placement and textures she has created.

Another asspect of Bowles work that I like that the background of the white Material is almost always covered but still has parts showing through. I think this is quite effective as it helps to give the pieces a busy look and also keep them bright. It also helps to make the design look less flat.

Field Collaborative Lab Projects Review

Looking back on all four field projects I feel as if I have learnt something from each one. The field project that I found I took the most knowledge from was the Light is Colour were. During this I started off by learning more above primary colours and which colours paired together. I found that this helped me with the rest of the project as I was able to identify which colours that would work well together for the screen printing process.

Screen Printing was also another technique I learnt quite a bit about. I learnt the basics of Screen Printing in A-Level when I did Textiles but within this week I had learnt how to create my own Silk screens using the equipment they had in the printing room and also about washing off screen printing and cleaning the paint off the screens.

For my Outside/Inside project I want to interperate Screen Printing with my final pieces as I think this could leave a very interest effect on top of the overlaying writing I have been doing and also will make the pieces more vibrant as I will be using a lot of colour.

Field Collaborative Lab Week 1

Silhouetted Still Lives

Field Collaborative Lab Week 2

Light is Colour

Field Collaborative Lab Week 3

Illuminated

Field Collaborative Lab Week 4

Panormic Pinhole Camera