Today was inspired by the painting I did yesterday – creating a self-portrait using objects which mean something to me rather than just painting my face.
The object for today was my little toy hippo, Humphrey, which I’ve had since I was born. This is my childhood 😊
I began today by experimenting with paper cutting DNA in my sketchbook. I will finish this off with some background colour at some point.
I decided to then reuse one of my old canvases for a different kind of self portrait – using an important object to symbolise my identity rather than simply painting my portrait. I began with an orange background to help emphasise the blue in my necklace which would be the focus of this painting.
I then painted the Turkish nazar on my necklace which I got from my grandparents after their holiday to Turkey years ago. Finally I worked into the drawing using a black and white pen, orange sharpie and a scalpel. I quite like the final image and will make more similar pieces using different objects which I feel are a part of my identity.
As I quite liked the last canvas I made based on DNA test results, I decided to make a series of 3 hanging canvases but more minimal than the previous one – focusing on only 1 colour per canvas. I am a martyr to my art and suffer at the hands of even more stripes!
I spent today going stripe mad! I decided I wanted to create a small canvas based on DNA test results and create a colourful, slightly abstract painting. This is partially based on the work of Bart Vargas but is less abstract than his work. I quite like this as a maquette for my final piece. However, I am now sick of stripes!
Still no idea what I’m going to do so still sticking to working in my sketchbook. I’ve decided to try and broaden my idea to help decide what my final piece may be.
After I came home from college feeling rather frustrated at my lack of ideas, I decided to begin searching through YouTube for inspiration and I finally have an idea!
Here is the video which finally helped inspire me:
Still no idea for my final piece so more sketchbook work and artists’ research for me.
On the plus side, tonight I went to see John Bishop at Venue Cymru. He was HILARIOUS! He ended the show with a football penalty showdown between him and a member from the audience. 😝
Problem alert! I don’t know what my final exhibition piece is actually going to be. I know the general idea and themes I want to tackle but no idea what I’m actually going to do. Instead, today I did more artists’ research and experimented with new image transfer techniques.
This was done using a normal printer photo and PVA glue. It’s quite odd in that it has only transferred the colour sections and has left out the white areas completely. I quite like this though as the parts that haven’t transferred are very exact so you are still able to see what the final image is.
Well today was a bit of an odd day due to the excitement from the eclipse. I got some nice pictures by taking photos through a welding visor and through ffaffing with the settings on my camera. (Photos to follow)
Once the excitement had passed we then went back to work – I began making a new sketchbook for the new brief. I decided to make an A4 sketchbook as I had never before attempted to make one as big.
Look; Gwen made the Wamping Willow! Luke added Ron’s flying car 😄
Today we were meant to submit our final major project proposals to be reviewed by Owein. I have chosen to base my work on the theme of identity, specifically focusing on personal identity and the Welsh identity in the modern world and what it means to me.
We also had to choose artists that would inspire our work. The main artist I will look at is Grayson Perry (no surprise there), especially his ‘Who Are You?’ Exhibition. Owein then suggested I also look at Iwan Bala’s work as he does a lot about the Welsh identity.
Here are some of the artists’ work that I have looked at: