Archive for February, 2009

Altered art book page 19 continued Beyond the Veil again

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , on February 28, 2009 by echostains

This is my 90th post!  Do I want a medal for it? YES!

Continuing with page 19 of my Altered art book:

I thought that this extract from my dissertation would go quite well with page 19 of my Altered art book:

-magician tarot card from the Rider Waite Smith pack

-magician tarot card from the Rider Waite Smith pack

“The idea of the artist as magician is not a new one.  The act of creating out of nothing could be in itself, an act of conjuration.  In a sense, all art is an illusion.  The actual act reality of the feeling that the artist experiences when he paints – by the very act will go into the painting: making the painting a physical reality.  Hopefully, there will be a reciprocal exchange between viewer and painter.  Sometimes this will be a deliberation on the painters behalf: sometimes, accidental communication may be established.  Many ‘tricks’ may be employed by the artist/magician that he will have learned through his apprenticeship in the arts.  Where it is possible to depict sadness or pathos in a figurative narrative painting through the learning of the craft, what actually are we admiring when we look at these images?  surely this art is more about the ‘cleverness’ of the artist as a magician and, if that be so, then the subject matter then becomes secondary.  Through abstraction, it is possible to provoke emotional responses through colour and form in a non figurative way – reaching the viewer directly through the senses…..” 

 
 

veil-

veil-

 

“My large canvas ‘Veil’ incorporates drawing and painting.  Gestural marks made with soft pastel were stroked onto the canvas.  These sweeping marks were then smudged with a damp brush and when dry, worked into again.  This provided a framework, albeit a blurred definition of the drawing.  Subconsciously, a uniform rhythmical pattern began to emerge which I then began to work against with white acrylic paint in places.  The whiteness of these spaces began to detract from the work, so these were washed down again with watered down soft pastels.

 
 

veil-fragment

veil-fragment

“A period of contemplation then ensued, enabling me to digest the information and empathise with the painting.  Working with ground pastel added to the powdered filler, a wash was made: the work taken outdoors and then the wash dispersed.  A battle between control and accident then ensued.  By physical manipulation, the wash was dispersed and alllowed to a certain exptent to meander where it would.  But additional coloured washes had to be more controlled, so as not to disturb too much the other washes (which were still more or less liquid).  Fine washes of acrylic were used to further emphasise part of the painting: blending the colours, transcending isolated areas.  A period of assimulation followed: a digestion of the information that has been put down and a sense of empathy for the feelings this painting invokes.  Selective areas were then brought to the foreground, the intention being  – to ‘float’ or transcend the background  with soft colour that glides in and out over the surface, whilst subtley emphasising or bringing to notice, a sense of depth.”

Lynda M Roberts BA Hons 2004

This is an extract from my  ‘Echostains’ Dissertation 2004

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Not too busy to stop for Tea….

Posted in DESIGN, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , on February 27, 2009 by echostains
blighty-ad-but where?

blighty-ad-but where?

I have been SO busy this week, I’ve not stopped!  I’ve hardly had time to blog even.  I need to get round to the magician part of page 19 in my Altered art book, but not had the time (plus I blog in advance as it is!).  I can’t remember which shop window I snapped this Blight Advert (Blighty is a new TV channel by the way).  I just LOVE the teapot!

blighty-ad-teapot detail

blighty-ad-teapot detail

 Also out and about Manchester town centre today I snapped this in the Harvey Nichols shop window.  I LOVE their window displays!

harvey-nicks-shop-window-today

harvey-nicks-shop-window-today

My Surfaces: ‘Unveiled’ Journal unveiled

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , on February 26, 2009 by echostains
unveiled project -journal

unveiled project -journal

 

This project journal employed the unusual componant of pasta! spagetti, this wasn’t difficult to paint on.  I have used pasta as a medium before in a painting called ‘Noise’

noise

noise

 

Here is a detail from the journal front:

detail1

detail1

 

If you look closely you can see some exposed foil. I’m very fond of using this in collage, combined with acrylic paint this can be used for an aged metal effect as in the ‘Armageddon‘ journal.

Altered art book Page 19 Behind the Curtain

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by echostains

Continuing my Altered art book: page 19: the words I have chosen are;

He had a moment of clairvoyance

He turned cold inside and something tightened in his head……

I had a bit of a job with this.  Why had I chosen those words so long ago?

page-19with curtain up

page-19with curtain up

 

‘A moment of clairvoyance’ what does it mean? a sudden enlightenment? a revealation? the moment you just ‘knew’?  I think everyone gets glimpses every now and again.  I think ‘clues’ are all around us about what is going to happen, or what direction we are heading.  It’s a matter of interpreting them, being aware and sensitive to slight changes.  This made me think about lifting a curtain up, or a veil and taking a peek what lies beyond it.

page-19-with-curtain-down

page-19-with-curtain-down

 

I printed out a small picture of Aleceister Crowley (why him?  I honestly don’t know), but its likely because he tried to get beyond the veil…into a few dark corners lol!  I then placed a ‘curtain’ over him.  I suppose I was thinking of the Magician (so above, so below) and subverting this to ‘so underneath, so over (the top lol) or so is hidden, so is revealed.  The artist relating to this page will be myself………….

Media used; handmade paper, oil pastel and water colour, photocopy, organza ribbon

To be continued

The Creeping Woman in the Wallpaper

Posted in ART, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS with tags , , , on February 24, 2009 by echostains
creeping-woman-

creeping-woman-

 

This painting ‘Creeping Woman’ is part of the ‘Yellow Wallpaper’ (part 3 of the ‘Echostains’ project).  The ‘Yellow Wallpaper’ is  a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  If you have read it, you will see where this piece was coming from.   I wanted to get on with my Altered art book today but I have had absolutely no time to myself – AGAIN!

Media used; acrylic paint, plastic canvas on cotton canvas appro 24in x 18in (private collection)

Shaking the dead by the Finger

Posted in ART, ART PORTFOLIO MY PERSONAL ART, CRITIQUE CORNER, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, PAST PLACES with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2009 by echostains

styx
styx

In this painting , I used ink, some acrylic and filler.  I tend to use a lot of this as an impasto, it mixes well with acrylic and gives a nice surface for painting on using inks etc.  Originally this painting was called St Michan’s, after the Church in Dublin, where I spent my birthday shaking hands, (well a finger actually) with an old dead crusader (traditional) in the crypt.  So from one old crusader to another ………happy to meet you mate, but I can’t say you brought me any luck, though, at least I AM still here, so that will have to do to be going on with lol!

st-michans-dublin

st-michans-dublin

Read here about it in this interesting blog 

st-michans-mummies

st-michans-mummies

Blue Animation from ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ Echostains

Posted in ART with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by echostains
blue-animation

blue-animation

 

‘Blue Animation is part of the ‘Echostains’ project.  The project is about communication – all types.  In the third part of the project (The Yellow Wallpaper), gestural marks are made to ‘suggest’ shapes, thoughts, feelings, etc.  ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and tells the tale of a woman having some sort of breakdown, who begins seeing things in the wallpaper.  It’s a good story…. and scary!  Read it online through the link.

I have used colours related to Disney to suggest the actual ‘animation’.  Whilst the technique is mostly gestural, there a a few recognisable forms in there.

Media used; Acrylic paint on canvas approx 18in x 12in (private collection)