I have selected these 3 collages that I have made on photoshop for the exhibition. I feel that these images represent the concept behind the old Greek Myth of the Narcissist. These images reflect an unhealthy state of mind and elusion, and is an idea of what state of mind the narcissist was in when he died alone staring at his reflection by the river. These images challenge the ideas between natural beauty and artificial beauty. and turning a naturally beautiful flower in to an artificially beautiful flower.
I really like how these paintings are coming together. I feel that this ‘Swipe Technique’ is a great way of mixing the colours together. I also like how unpredictable this method of painting is. The end result is always a surprise. In the larger piece at the bottom I have mixed in a small amount of PVA glue to create small cracks in the canvas. I think this could work really well as it exposes the colouring underneath. I like both Landscape and portrait images and am struggling to decide which way looks best for my final piece.
Here are some bigger testers using a pallet knife and spreading a mixture of colours across the page. These have given me some good ideas for my final pieces. Of which I would like to develop the idea of making a landscape, and try to mix the colours evenly across the canvas.
While making my little book of testers I decided to paint over the top of some and plan some ideas for paintings. Here I’ve painted roses over a variety of colours, some I think work really well and others I don’t like as much. I feel the neon yellow stands out a lot in these plans, although I feel the roses change the meaning of the initial paintings and create a feministic atmosphere in them. Of which I don’t think is showing what I want the viewer to see.
I’ve continued to explore shape and colour through photoshop. I have done this by scanning in a lot of my paint testers and manipulated them in to different shaped and brighter colours. I love this psychedelic look my work is producing and I feel that these images are a success in developing this.
I have created a little book of testers, while making these I wanted to try out different colours and shapes and to work out what looked best together. Some of these testers are full of movement and bright exciting colours. I again used mostly neon paint for these as I feel from my inspiration that bright colours are the most visually appealing compared to less vibrant colours. Naturally I ended up making them landscape in the style of a flip book, I found that working landscape looked better with horizontal lines of paint. This also relates back to my starting point I took in September, Peter Lanyons ‘Beach Girl’.
These two very different canvas’ show my development through using different colours and use of lines. The painting on the left was made by using florescent neon paints which I brushed over with a pallet knife in a slight curve to the top right of the canvas. I love the bright yellows and pinks in this painting. I also tried to not mix the colours together when applying them, although I think It would bring a lot more depth to the painting if I had.
The second image I also painted landscape. This painting has a lot more exciting colours and depth going on through out it. I found the discovery of a variety of different colours exciting when they were applied to the canvas. The use of primary colours created a mix of technicolored lines. I feel that the white paint in this painting brings it all together.