Encased Mixed Media
Furthering the success of the tracing paper pieces, I decided to refine what works well and enhance particular features. I think the use of multiple canvases in almost a series-like way is something that really works well, rather than focusing on one particular composition. I also think that the double wrap works well combined with the aqua-blue shade, as it distorts the colour and promotes more of a graduated effect.
I don’t however think that being able to see the frame of the canvas works well. I think that it provides us with a snippet of information into how the work was created, which distracts from the ambiguity of the work. To rectify this, I will use quadrant to lift the tracing paper away from the flat of the support.
Another element which I’m uncertain of is the clarity of the fabric mesh. Again, this provides us with something recognisable which distracts from the contextual ambiguity. As these fabrics were all added in between the first and second wrap - I could ensure that they are placed within the first wrap to resolve this issue. Overall I am very pleased with these 4 canvases, however working on their finish will definitely be my next challenge.
Encased Mixed Media
I decided to experiment further with this idea of filling a canvas and encasing it. However this time I double wrapped the canvas rather than singularly, used a lighter shade of grey and ensured that the content protruded less. This artwork is certainly less successful that the first. The elements listed above were incorporated in order to explore what works and what doesn’t.
I’m confident that the double wrapping is something that could be worth exploring further as it distorts the image a lot more, providing more opportunities for layering opaque textures. The lighter tone of grey however is something that doesn’t work as well. I think that in order to create the sense of depth present in the previous piece, I need more of a contrast between the foreground and the background - even if that contrast is very subtle. I could experiment with using either a bright warm colour or a deep blue, as I feel the colour could really effect the atmosphere of the work.
This flatter image is something that intrigues me as it almost distorts the content further. It is clearer in the first painting that there are physical objects inside the painting, however it’s relatively unclear in this piece. I think this balance between distortion and actuality is somewhat explored further through the flatter surface and is therefore something I will be continuing to experiment with.
: You make me want to pursue art
Wow, that’s incredible! I’m honestly so flattered!
: I think you're someone who understands form and space extremely well. your experimentations with various materials are interesting to say the least. thanks for sharing, and I look forward to seeing more of your work :)
Thanks very much! I really appreciate your comment!
Anonymous: I love your work! Is any of it for sale??
Thanks very much! As I’m still in university I haven’t yet created an online page to sell my work. However let me know if you are interested in any of it, as I’d be happy to sell some of my work.
: Hello :) I love your work and find your blog very inspiring. Just a quick question regarding your use of latex. I have been using some for my own art work and wondered whether you use a thickener to get the consistency you do or do you just paint it in layers? :) Many Thanks.
Hi! Thanks very much! I had a look at some of your latex work - I love how you’ve hung it. I do thicken the latex however it does prolong the drying time. Hope that’s helpful!
Encased Mixed Media
I decided to experiment with using a denser, less transparent paper rather than acetate. I feel that the tracing paper is more successful than the acetate as there is a more prominent sense of ambiguity present. An element associated with the acetate which I didn’t feel worked well was how visible the brush marks were. Here, the denser nature of the tracing paper enables me to avoid these marks.
The way the kaolin sits against the front of the piece is an element that I think works particularly well. As I placed a piece of polyurethane within the artwork, the powder is able to sit on top of it - resting against the tracing paper. The resulting sense of depth is highly effective.
Finally, the balance between the darkness and lightness is something that I also feel really works. I think that continuing to explore these aspects could really further this idea and develop into really exciting outcomes.
Mixed Media on Board and Acetate
Despite not being completely satisfied with this piece, I can recognise that this is certainly a starting point for further exploration. There are a number of quite successful elements to this piece which I would really benefit from developing further. A tutor stated that the piece reminded him of a sort of landscape - which happens to be something that people frequently tell me about my work. I think the combination of kaolin and the plaster pieces at the bottom work particularly well as they ensure that the acetate protrudes and also incorporates an element of depth to the work. I also think that the contrast between the dark background and the lighter components such as the kaolin and plaster work well alongside the various shades of greens and blues. There’s something quite reminiscent of a petri dish. I’m excited to experiment further.
I just had a tutorial with Hywel which was really helpful. I’ve been struggling to really get my head back into creating work and carrying on from where I was before Christmas, but I feel that now everything is a lot clearer in my mind. I’ve found it hard to decide whether or not to focus on my larger scale paintings or smaller works because for some reason I seem to think that by focusing on one element, I have to disregard the other, which is ludicrous. Hywel highlighted how the smaller experiments I make lead to the overall more “completed” works. I work things out on those pieces which then informs my decision-making with regards to the more “completed” works. My smaller experiments are just as (if not more) important than the more “final” outcomes. I don’t really create “final pieces” as I don’t like the constraints that are associated with the term, and feel that it hinders the experimentation process. However, as far as “final pieces” are concerned - the notion that these outcomes are essentially a combination of the skills I’ve learned through my smaller experimental works is apt.
Experimenting with Latex
Back in the studio.
: Your art is beautiful! I just found your blog the other day and I have to say you're very talented. We also share the same name, and you're the only other person, aside from myself, who spells it with a y instead of an e! Nice to know I'm not the only one. I hope you always continue creating pieces, you truly have a gift.
Oh wow, hi fellow Ellyn! I’m still very much developing as an artist and so getting feedback from other people really means a lot to me, so thanks very much!
: Hey. I'm an aspiring artist and I'm just so confused and bewildered on what to do. I've been drawing for an extremely long time and I guess I'm self taught, but obviously I still need honing. My question is how did you start off in this? School wise and financially? (Btw you are phenomenal)
Oh wow, thanks that’s so kind of you! I’m also an aspiring artist - in my third year at university. I started off taking a foundation course before starting a fine art degree. I’m not sure where you live but I’m studying in Wales where we’re given some financial help as students! I hope that helps and I hope to see some of your drawings on here!