From the experiment with the miniature boards, I preferred smoother surfaces, so this week I decided to test what linen is like as a surface. The weave is tighter so the its not as textured as canvas (I use pre-primed stretched for both). This memory was inspired by a trip in the Summer, it was an exciting time and I think at this point in the week I had actually begun to relax enough (was meeting my SO’s family for the first time).
I used the dragging technique I was familiar with in the previous year, however instead of dragging diagonally I pulled the brush vertically across the painting. I added areas of dripped paint to add some visual differences to the strokes and as an association to water.
It proved successful for this painting, although the question has to be asked as to whether it will for other subject matters. It is a soothing painting, it feels calm. Reminiscent of some of Turner’s paintings.
After finding I prefer the smoother application techniques to blur the subject matter, I began painting on a canvas a clear memory to me. In this week, it also became a thing not to actually say what the painting represents. It really leads to some amusing or insightful answers from the audience. This particular painting definitely lead to a few laughs, as one of my peers linked it to an early Doctor Who episode and caterpillar aliens. Another ‘theory’ that actually belonged to my sister (a person who should instantly click what it was really) that led to slight frustration as I could not unsee it afterwards. Posting a WIP of the painting on Instagram, she commented “Is it a hot dog”. I did try to change it after, threatening to stab the canvas with a palette knife but it was all quite funny really.
Beginning my final year is kind of terrifying, it’s that kind of thought you have to push to the back of your head and just start the work instead of rocking in the corner. Last semester I got lost in the idea of abstracting the memory I wanted to paint. So I’ve taken a step back to where it’s still figurative enough. I’ve started this by testing different ‘blurring’ techniques – some I’ve previously used – and seeing which resonate best with what I want to paint, the appearance of a memory.
ARTIST: Over the Summer break, I looked in to some artists and found Tracy Rocca who is a major influence on my work in this coming year. Her work was the kind of inspiration I needed and had been looking for. I find her paintings beautiful and calming as she paints the “unspecified yet familiar environments”. Check out her paintings here – http://www.tracyrocca.com/