The proportion of the head to the body was incorrect so I have enlarged it but I am struggling to get it correct.
I am wanting the head turned into the shoulder to give her a look of shyness. The curve of the spine was too low so I positioned it higher and flattened out the back and increased the size of the breast.
The arm is just suggested line as anything more and it will be a distraction from the form.
Having the head shortened to bring the face further into the shoulder works better. The line of the arm directs the viewers eye directly up to eye of the lady
The hair of the lady needs texture but adding too much will be distracting and too little will look flat. I solved this by adding in contrast then obliterating it with another layer of red paint which simplified it.
I finished the week by planning and building a canvas for another painting of the same size and style but in blue as a direct contrast to the warm red.
After concentrating heavily on mono printing and the female form I decided to have a very in-depth think about what I am doing and why.
Within my practise I have become aware of the constant re-occurrence of line and geometric shapes. I am drawn to the beautiful aesthetic of the female form which to me is the symbol of life (another common repeating theme within my work.)
Currently I am very drawn to the contrast between a square and a circle.
I am attempting to recreate a print, that I created last week, onto canvas.
I have built a canvas that is 4ft x 4ft out of pine with a double cross bar in the centre. my chosen palette of colour is acrylic crimson red, cadium red, cobalt blue to add shade and black and white for definition
The red square on white of the print worked very well in the print.
Having the background the same colour as the body helps create a lack of definition for the female from the background.
Having the solid colour as a background and then working into it also saves time blocking in areas at a later date and gives a fuller picture faster than starting with just line which works well with mono printing.
I have drawn the figure in so that all the lines direct the eye to the head.
I have added a solid black line around parts of the body to give the illusion of form as it adds shading
I am keeping my painting quite simple and suggestive rather than photographic as that is my chosen style, and it is not meant to be fully representational.
After a workshop on mono-printing with Sara Cooper at Navigator North, I was inspired to create mono prints and experiment with presentation. Rather than the usual technique I tend to use of getting an impression of the ink through drawing on the reverse of the paper I choose to draw directly into the ink.
I also happily came across a lot of floristry wire. so I happily played with form.
At this point in the project I am still researching the history of art and the female form as well as being heavily involved in the planning of our final exhibition.
As part of the Final Major Project I am required to document my progress week by week.
This blog will be part of that.
my proposal for my project:
During the duration of the HND I have produced a lot of work around myself, my experiences, my habits, my form, my limits and my moods. For the final major project of the HND, I propose to design and create a piece of work relating to the female form and explore the female gender and how the gender is looked upon and envisage herself “Thus she turns herself into an object — and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.” ( Berger, 1972, p47)
I wish to explore the topic, of the human form, more than what I have already concluded in my previous 2 projects. I plan to investigate, within this project, ideas around the concepts of (but not limited to): pattern, line, deconstruction and reconstruction, contortion, shape and movements. I plan to take initial inspiration from modern artist such as Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick and Tracey Emin and art books such as ‘MOMA art since 1980’ and ‘This is Modern Art by Matthew Collins.
My intention of a final outcome, at this stage, is to produce a 2D piece of work however this may change as the project progresses.
My intentions are to start drawing from life, so I plan to gain access to a female life model preferably for a few hours every week. I plan to use all my experience I have gained throughout the last 18 months and continue to work as curiously as I currently do and to push the boundaries of my experimentation. I intend to stick to 2 dimensional mediums such as painting or printing for my investigations, though I will conduct experimental drawing through any medium that become available and relevant. Whether that is clay, plaster, paint, 2D, 3D, 4D, digital or analogue.
Though; development, analytical thinking, peer assessment and evaluating my work throughout; I will be able to establish the success of this project.
My most recent previous sculptures relating to the female form.
References: Berger,John. (1972) W ays of Seeing , 2008 14th edition, London: penguin books, p47