After working on both field projects, I realised how much they had actually influenced my work for the better. Although both were extremely different to one another, they have both played a massive part in helping me to expand and explore new areas which have benefited me in my practical Subject work.
The colour theory field project helped me to establish a better understanding of colour and the ways in which using the right shades and contrasts can strengthen and add more depth to my work. Through the use of complimentary colours and bolder more vibrant colours, I have built up a whole new body of work that has exited me as I experiment and try new combinations, with the influences of what I have learnt in the other field project; Gorillas in the roses. The second field project dealt with collaging and overlapping textures and colours to create the final outcome using a variety of different materials such as paper cut outs and card. In my subject work I have incorporated things I have learnt from both projects and have used newspaper cut outs and different random shaped pieces of card to build up layers, adding more depth and a whole new dimension to my work. This enables me to suggest subtle hints in my work, of the news articles (in the newspapers) by transferring some onto wood and glueing/sticking some down, this is something which I would not have been able to do previously without finding a way to collaging it into the work instead of literally painting it in. This was something I had been struggling with previously as I did not want to add literal or obvious clues into what my work was about. However through the use of collaging and layering I have been able to achieve this. The array of colours I have been using in the work (where previously I had only used dark and dull colours to add a feeling of chaos) have also grown, using colours to evoke certain feelings like golds, yellows and oranges to show riches and positivity in contrast to dark blues which not only compliment each other but also shows a darker more sad feeling to the work. This simple method of using the contrasting colours helps me tremendously to show that even in darker more chaotic times, you can find a positive side. The combination of painting using these colours over newspaper, for example, suggests these feelings are related to the article and makes the viewer curious of the actual meaning of the piece.
Overall both projects have been extremely influential to me and have helped me experiment more and add more depth in my work, where I had previously felt slightly stuck and uninspired. Although they did not directly relate to my practical work in some ways to my subject work, I took brand new aspects from both and enjoyed both thoroughly.
These are pictures of the progress so far for the cut out painting I designed for our new field module. I decided to link this to my subject area as well as I though it could move my work into a less serious place, but still subtly conveying a message. The piece is inspired by the tents in the refugee camps and the evil eye/all seeing eye (which is believed to be a lucky charm that looks out for you in the Muslim and most of the middle eastern area) is looking down on the tent and acting as a halo. A confusing piece with surrealist hints but I am excited to see where this piece goes.
I was extremely excited to start off this project as I had done a similar one last year which compiled collaging and cut out paintings and pieces of work to create pieces with more dimension. However I was not able to attend all of the sessions and workshops we had planned for this project as I fell ill and ended up unable to attend or produce any work for a while. The group used Apps such as Aurasma to create collages from hand made collages, that moved like an illustration when seen through the app. I kept up to date with all of the things that had been going in the group and experimented with my work. From the few sessions I was fortunate to attend before, I thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from and in fact has influenced my work throughout the rest of my subject work.
We began experimenting with different types of collaging such as using magazines, newspapers and comic books to overlap, tear and texture our pieces with. We cut out hundreds of images that we wanted to use in our work and began collaging. We used paints and drew on some pieces as well; which showed us that collaging doesn’t just have to be overlapping magazine clippings, but can take on a 3D element instead of the usual 2D, which left us with an endless amount of opportunities to experiment with. This is one aspect that has been influencing my subject work specifically and has encouraged me to use text and textures in my work more and to give them more dimension. For example, I have been experimenting with hot glue over text to give it a bubbled effect, scrunched up newspaper articles under patches of paint to make it blend and give a ‘hidden’ feeling, and even layered bits of corrugated card and found bits of cut up wood to create a not so usual ‘square canvas’ like piece. Whilst catching up with the work that I had missed I began to try using other materials as encouraged by my tutor to experiment and build up a strong body of work. My subject work has allowed me to tie in everything I learnt through this project as a large aspect of my work was about found objects and reworking into them and ‘beautifying’ them. Using old bits of wood and card I have been collaging over, spray painting using stencils, and painting patterns onto my work to build up these layers enhancing what would have been before, a simple portrait, adding a whole new depth to my work.
Although I wasn’t able to attend all the sessions and workshops I benefitted immensely and am thankful I was able to attend some, as they helped add a new dimension to my work. It kept me excited and inspired to produce work while I was unable to attend, and still does with my work throughout the rest of the year.
For this project in field we looked at different ways in which collage can be done, and the variety it can take form in from collections to doodles to cutting and pasting and even animation.
We created collages using old comic books and magazines and anything we could find that we could include into our work. I made some pieces using old boxes as well and manipulated them to become something with no obvious narrative; changing the original purpose of the box.
These are some of the collages we did as a group. We would each start off with an A5 piece of card and had to either draw paint or stick things down, and then we would pass it onto the next person to build up layers using different/ unique techniques to us.
This was one of the layers I started for the group project using mixed media; acrylic paints and drawing on top with ink pen.
This is one piece I did on my own afterwards in the session which used a variety of techniques from sticking down card to build up layers and painting and drawing on top to add texture and depth. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this and found it sort of therapeutic and freeing.
This is the piece we did towards the end of the first field project, where we used the skills we learnt from the color theory workshops and layering techniques to create pieces (whatever theme we wanted; I related mine back to my subject area of work) in cut out shapes, not a usual rectangle shape composition. I really enjoyed this session and found it incredibly therapeutic to use color and random pattern in relation to the calligraphy to create a piece of artwork; none of which I had to think too hard about, as I focused on the aesthetics mainly.
I used jiberish/random letters and words to fill in the spiral effect in the background but all words related to conflict and war however together none of which actually make sense in a sentence. The word in the calligraphy lettering in the front spells the word “bravery” in Arabic.
I then decided later on that this piece made me think of the thoughts and feelings and memories going through a refugees mind, the colors and textures and patterns; a mish mash of these emotions and uncertain futures.
The original stencil I made which says “the future” in Arabic. I used it in numerous ways to experiment with colors and textures to use on paintings and collages later on. Some were spray painted, sponged over using acrylic paints or both on numerous papers and backgrounds to create different layered effects for a subtle message impact. The last photo used a modeling paste and spray paint to create a 3D effect to look like the words are standing out of the page.
I have been experimenting with the color combinations as well as textures and overlaps to create different effects creating the feelings of chaos and to symbolize the feelings related to the chaos.
Starting our first field project i was unsure of what to expect. We started off with some simple tasks like experimenting with primary, secondary and complementary colours, and how to achieve these using different shades of the primary colours. The tasks seemed simple at first but I soon learnt that it was a much more precise and time consuming process trying to achieve exact shades of colours. Trying to match exact colours (for example of vegetables, which was one of the practices) was a tedious but tremendously interesting experiment, because I hadn’t previously realised how many different colours including white and black (process black and mixed black) could create such a variety of shades of one colour. We experimented with colour swatch after colour swatch and with these I built up a fantastic sketch book and use it to refer back to my work whenever i need inspiration or a starting point for the colour scheme I’m going to use in a particular piece. This began to get me motivated to experiment more in my own practical work.
I had previously been afraid of using bold and bright colours in my work, and felt safe using darker more dull tones to achieve a more serious feel throughout my work. I quickly learnt however that the use of colour, in fact, could strengthen this if used in the right way. I began experimenting with different shades of one colour in my work and ran with it. I used a variety of complimentary colours that I associated with the Middle East (which relates to my practical work). For example, I tried to show the vibrancy of the culture through the use of bold colours like ultramarine blue and its complimentary colours cadmium yellow. This has become a pattern throughout my work now and I have been experimenting with bolder and brighter shades of the colours through the use of paint, instead of my previous habit of dulling them down with blacks and greys. This field project has given my work a new dimension and allowed me to think about and appreciate he colours i use in my work more, where I had previously not thought about the strength they can have to improve my works narrative. Overall Ive found this project to be extremely inspiring and have come away with so much more than I had expected. I am now excited to use more colour and specifically brighter shades of bold colours side by side in my work, to strengthen my pieces and to stop relying on duller colours with texture. I am so much more confident while working with colours now, and can already see an improvement in my work because of this and have started to really enjoy painting with colours again.
These photos are of the work we have been doing in correspondence with the color theory workshops we’ve been attending and my personal responses to them. They have been so helpful and given me a much more broad insight on how colors compliment and contrast one another and how to achieve certain shades/colors when I paint.
These were “tests” we created which were linked to optical illusions inspired by artists such as Johannesburg Itten and Joseph Albers. The colors look different when next to each other and depending on things such as background color, can look completely different (even if they are the exact same shade).
Some of the color match swatches we did using fruit and magazine clippings as inspiration. This was so interesting and much harder to do than I expected.
Some of the tests we did to show that the same shade of a color can look completely different on different colored backgrounds.
These photos are of experiments I did on my own after our workshops looking at how a color can create different impacts in relation to texture and background color. I’ve decided to use these techniques in my subject work to better my pieces and to really experiment with color contrasts and the way they can I handle or intensify a certain feeling in a piece (eg. anger and feeling scared are represented not just by red but also use purple and blue to darken the colors and the mood). I also really love the jagged texture of squares I painted using complimentary colors orange and purple here as a technique to possible enhance/ point out specifics in an article in the future possibly.