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STILL LIFE

To create a range of outcomes under the theme of A Still Life. You must be sensitive to the everyday objects around you, whether that is your bowl of cereal or your reading glasses, each composition created by mistake is something to appreciate.

Books

Brief

Rational

David Hockney Prints 1954-77

I want to use the editions brief within 603 to create a number of paintings and prints that reflect the little things that I love in my life. I want to experiment with colour, texture, shape and line to gain skills and explore media.

Charlotte Mei

Nathelie du Pasquier

Historical research

This subject matter is something that I have wanted to explore for a long time due to many of my favourite artist creating inspiring works under the same themes. I started to explore this topic by looking at a book of David Hockney Prints from 1954 to 1977. I found this to be hugely inspiring as even when only using black line through etching, he still manages to create beautiful compositions displaying only household objects. Hockney’s use of dynamic shape and blocks of colour adds excitement to items that may have been previously over looked. An example of this is the crumpled tissue in image two, where he uses light and shade to bring life to an undesirable object. Illustrator Charlotte Mei has created a number of still life paintings using vibrant colours and bold brush strokes. I love the way that Mei’s work is full of life and excitement, this is something that I would like to capture within my own work. After visiting a Nathelie du Pasquier exhibition in the summer holidays I have fallen completely in love with her paintings. Du Pasquier uses block colours, wonky proportions and shadows to create work with depth and an eerie feel. My most recent point of research has been in to Roman and Chinese vases. After the Laura Carlin talk I was left thinking about the stories portrayed on the surface of these vessels and how I could modernise this medium, creating a still life on an object that could be part of a still life itself.

Artist research

Research

A range of Roman and Chinese Vases

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STILL LIFE Development After my research into ancient vases and the stories displayed upon their surfaces, I wanted to play with this idea and use a vase to present objects that represent me, creating a still life image. I have used gouache which has given me a beautiful matte texture and block colours. I wanted this image to be graphic and bold, much like the Roman vases, and I feel that I have achieved that with my use of media.

I am pleased with this experiment but I do not think that it is as successful as an outcome. Although I want my work to be exciting and effortless I feel like these images are lacking a sense of craftsmanship that I am seeking within my work. I think the use of pencil on top of the gouache is successful in creating enough detail so as to balance out the composition. Perhaps if the pencil was used more heavily within the image that sense of craft would be greater. I love the bulbous shape of the vases and the way that they fill the page, maybe there is another way that I can play with shape and proportions while creating a more refined composition.

Outcome number 1

Outcome

Evaluation Overall, I think that this has been a positive experience. Through experimentation I have been able to further explore the balance between paint and pencil as well as shape and composition, giving me new ideas and platforms to work on in future outcomes.

Gouache vase paintings

Sketchbook development

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STILL LIFE Development

Outcome number 2

These two outcomes are the most true to the traditional composition of a still life painting, due to this fact I felt the need to be more inventive and experimental with my subject matter. Through roughing I have worked out a number of compositions, focusing on objects that are usually overlooked and may not be found together. I have struggled to create a successful composition for the background. Should these objects be presented on a shelf? A table? A stool? A plate? I have settled for very simple backgrounds but I am not sure if these are the most successful. Outcome I am quite pleased with the way that these paintings have turned out. A strong element to the imagery is the use of colour. By being both bold and sensitive I feel that I have found the correct balance between bright colours and neutral tones, creating a successful image. Another successful element to these outcomes has been my experimentation with proportions. By being bold with my use of shape and unafraid of small mistakes I have created a wonky set of objects that I find to be really visually interesting. Through my use of media I have incorporated both three-dimensional and two dimensional objects. This mismatch adds to the quality of the work. Evaluation Overall, I am pleased with these two paintings and plan to make more in the same style for the end of year show. I am happy with my use of colour, shape and media, although I could improve by being a little more sensitive to the small details.

Sketchbook development

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Gouache still life scenes

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I have heavily focused on my sketchbooks during the process of this project and in turn want to bring elements that I found to be successful off the page and into print. I wanted to look back at my findings from my previous outcomes and put some of the lessons that I have learnt in to practise. Although I love drawing and the quality of pencil line, I have found that it is important not to rely on that. I enjoy white space but also want to achieve a full and colourful composition, which is something that I have attempted to create here. Outcome I am really pleased that I have been able to get to grips with the balance between line and shape based imagery within these outcomes. I think that I have successfully used block colour to create bolder compositions while not taking away from delicate elements. I think that my experiment with a two tone colour pallet has been successful. This is something that I haven never played with before and was somewhat of a risk for me. I was inspired by china vases, although they also only use blue and white, their imagery is bold and graphic. I plan to create a wall hanging of my second print for the end of year show as I think that is would work well on a larger scale and on textile.

Outcome number 3

Development

Evaluation Two colour screen print

I am happy with the outcome of these prints. After a large amount experimentation I have been able to find a way of working that suits me as well as the subject matter. I want to carry on working on this brief to create work for the end of year show as I feel that I have only just developed my style and knowledge enough to create final outcomes now.

Sketchbook development

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