Archive for January, 2009

My Surfaces: Life Drawing Journal

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , on January 31, 2009 by echostains
life-drawing-journal-one-of-many

life-drawing-journal-one-of-many

This is a life drawing journal I have decorated.  The first thing I do when I get a new journal is embellish it!  This one is painted with acrylic paint and felt tips.

life-drawing-journal-detail

life-drawing-journal-detail

 

The first journal I ever ‘decorated’ was this one: –

 

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architecture-journal

 

All I did was stick two pieces of plaster over it!  I can’t remember why I did that though…..

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Altered art book page 16 continued: Cross Shooting

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2009 by echostains

Continuing page 16 the words were:-

“They’d shoot at the wooden crosses”

“The door would shake then

the window

then the door again”

“He became a regular at the Empire of Junk”

“More than a hundred radios”

page-16

page-16

A tall order: an artist who uses crosses.  Well, there’s loads out there isn’t there, especially depicting Christ on the cross.  But that wasn’t quite what I was looking for.  I was concentrating on the Cross as a target. By shooting at this target, there is the possibility of provocation: either an answer from beyond the grave or the living who would be offended at this defacement.

resurrection-stanley-spencer

resurrection-stanley-spencer

Stanley Spencer(b.1891 – 1959 Cookham Berkshire, UK) depicted Christ in his paintings.  And Christ, to Spencer, always came from Cookham.  Spencer received praise and also heavy criticism for his religious paintings, especially Resurrection’ which takes part in a graveyard.  This picture caused a lot of controversy when it was shown.  Painted between 1924 – 1927, the picture shows Cookham church graveyard with residents rising up from their graves.  The figures of Moses and other prophets sit in stone seats, as the locals rise to the sound of the Last Trumpet.

St Francis Receiving the Stigmata  by Giotto di Bondone (C.1267 – 1337 Florence Italy).  Giotto was also an architect and one of the contributing artists of the Italian Renaissance.  Stigmata of course is the mystical marks that appear on the body of an individual.  These marks correspond with the crucifixion wounds  of Christ.  The reason I have chosen it is because of the bullet like wounds that are being inflicted, raining down  upon the Saint, the follower of the cross.

The Empire of junk needs to be explored, but not here.  The empire stretches for a couple more pages……..

Happy Belated Birthday Dear Dripper!

Posted in ART with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by echostains
pollock action-painting

pollock action-painting

Google informed us that it was Jackson Pollock’s birthday yesterday. Well, belated Birthday Greetings!  He was born 1912 Wyoming USA and would have been 97 yesterday if he hadn’t died in 1956.  He studied under Thomas Hart Benton (b.1889 – 1975 USA) 

thomashartbenton-boomtown-1928

thomashartbenton-boomtown-1928

 He started pouring paint on his canvas’s in the early 1940’s after being introduced to liquid paint in a workshop in 1936.  Pollock used sticks, syringes and even hardened old brushes  as applicators with household paint for his ‘drip’ technique.  An example of Pollock’s technique  ‘Summertime’ Number 9A’ was made by pouring and dripping paint over flat canvas.  In ‘Action’ painting, the physical Act itself is as important as the finished work as it is a form of Expressionism: sometimes called Gestural Expresionism.

summertime-pollock

summertime-pollock

 

Willem de Kooning (b. 1904 – 1997 Netherlands) was another Abstract Expressionist, along with Franz Kline, Marc Rothko and Philip Guston amongst others. 

kooning_woman_v-1952-53

kooning_woman_v-1952-53

When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.

 There is nothing like really putting yourself into a really big canvas.  I like to use my brush tied to a long stick, and to dart in and out: going up close and coming out again.  Here’s one I did earlier.

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aqua-sulis-

  • If you fancy yourself a bit of a ‘dripper’, have a go here – great fun!

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp

This is a Smokefree Zone (or do I mean drone….)

Posted in HOME with tags , , , on January 28, 2009 by echostains

smoking_logo

smoking_logo

Well it’s nearly 8 months now since I quit smoking!  I put a stone on (which I’m only now losing) and I feel healthier…or I would if I didn’t have to breathe other peoples smoke in, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. 

Nasty niffs
Nasty niffs

It’s great not to HAVE to smoke.  It’s great not to HAVE to stock up on cigarettes, always panicking when they are running low and the shops are shut.  It’s great not to HAVE to stink of smoke.  It doesn’t matter how much you douse yourself with perfume, breath freshener etc, people like ME can SMELL you a MILE OFF lol!  It’s true that your sense of smell improves greatly when you don’t smoke, also that you can taste your food better. 

R.I.P.
R.I.P.

Yes, it feels good NOT to HAVE to smoke, it sets you FREE!  When I say HAVE I mean HAVE, because smoking IS an addiction, there’s no two ways about it.  And it’s not a case of ‘just don’t smoke’, that’s too simplistic, smoking masks a lot of stuff.  The hardest thing about giving up smoking is DECIDING TO DO IT.  Once you’ve done that, then the hard work begins, and it IS hard work.  I did it by reading this book.  I don’t believe in giving my hard earned smoking money to the money making nicotine replacement programmes.  Why swap one addiction for another?  To me, this is just a way of cashing in on peoples misery…..and prolonging it.  It may have worked for some, but not for me.

Non, je ne regrette rien

Non, je ne regrette rien

  Have I missed smoking?  Well the longer I go without, the less I miss it.  Even after only 8 months, I can honestly say that I hate the smell of it, wonder how I every did it, wonder how I ever afforded it and now see it for the addiction it is.  I feel sorry for people when I see them putting that cig in their mouth before they reach the door of a shop, and the relief on their faces as they light up outside.  The relief one gets to be breathing ‘properly’ through that white stick is indescribable.  And that’s what stuck me the most whilst watching smokers outside the shops.  The NEED to breathe through a stick, instead of through the lungs.  Such is this strange, expensive and fatal addiction.

 

 

 

Blasting the Surface: Armageddon Journal

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by echostains
armageddon-journal-

armageddon-journal-

 

This is the front of an A3 journal for a project I did in second year Foundation.  The project ‘Armageddon’ proved a very interesting one, exploring  destruction, survival, recycling, belief.   (I even made an ‘Armageddon cloak, made form plastic carrier bags, tobacco pouch wallets, anything that could be melted together!…even the scrapings of dried acrylic paint from my pallette!)

 

armageddon-journal-detail-1

armageddon-journal-detail-1

 

The front of the journal is made entirely of impasto medium, in which rolled up foil was embedded.  Acrylic paint, soft copper square, and foil make a surface which looks aged..

 

armageddon-journal-detail-2

armageddon-journal-detail-2

 

The technique was one where I ‘burnished’ the copper with acrylic paint, rubbing the paint in, then wiping it off: building up a patina.

Foil was rolled into balls and stuck down with PVA glue.  Then when dry layers were applied, building the surface up.  The same patina building technique applied.  The idea was to make the journal appear ancient, buried in the rubble, scorched by neuclear devestation.  I enjoyed doing this cover VERY much indeed!

 

 

Altered art book: page 16 Shooting at Cross Purposes

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by echostains
page-16-shooting-crosses with crosses unfolded

page-16-shooting-crosses with crosses unfolded

On this page I had chosen a lot more sentences then the previous pages (I can’t remember why though,because it was so long ago when I chose them!  The chosen words were:

” They’d shoot at the wooden crosses”

” The door would shake then

the window

then the door again”

page-16-shooting-crosses-folded

page-16-shooting-crosses-folded

“He became a regular at the empire of junk”

“More than a hundred radios”

Now why would someone shoot at wooden crosses? target practise?  Perhaps they were trying to provoke a response (and they got one), hence the windows and door rattling and shaking.  This reminds me very much of page 4 ‘A Question of Life and Death’  but the question is attempted via a ‘seance’. 

 This time the symbolism is questioned (the Cross representing God).  But there is also a kind of ‘most haunted’, ghost hunting, a ‘thrill seeking’  aspect at work.  The situation is calling out for a sign to be given: a sign for proof of the afterlife.

pages-15-and-16 complete

pages-15-and-16 complete

And what exactly IS this ’empire of junk’?  Perhaps its the carbon footprint we leave behind us? Or perhaps this junk consists of useless negative emotions and impulses which we wear as a comfort cloak, whilst they erode, sap and impede our spiritual progress.  Sometimes we need to let go: move on.

I have a few artists in mind for this page: to be continued…….

Transcription continued page 10 – 17 Breaking the Surface

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION on January 25, 2009 by echostains

Continuing my Transcription (the shorter one)

I stated off with  the picture ‘The Lute Player’ by Pre Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1867….. see Transcription pages 1 – 10

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transcription-pages-10-and-11

Further experiments, which included cutting up the image: –

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transcription-p-12-13

More experiments with format….

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transcription-p-14

Which resulted in this: –

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transcription-p15

transcription-p16

transcription-p16

 

If this image was transcribed to ceramic, it would probably look like this: a rough impression: –

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transcription-p17

To be continued…..