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A room with a view or two – exploring perspectives

Posted in ART, ART PORTFOLIO MY PERSONAL ART with tags , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by echostains

'Tilt' an experiment with perspective

I was playing about with some paint the other day and thought I would do a tonal piece with some interesting perspective incorporated. 

'Tilt' b

 As I’d recently been watching some old DVD’s of the 70s series The Onedin Line, and was inspired by the idea of a ship’s cabin undergoing a storm on the high seas – the inside of the cabin bobbing up and down and showing different perspectives.  ”Tilt’ incorporates non representational images –  but don’t let that stop you spotting any….

'Tilt' b

For added effect I turned the actual image 180 degrees, just to give it even more vistas!  Materials used ; Acrylic on  Daler board.

'Tilt' c

Here’s another little experiment with perspective.  This piece is from a small journal of mine.  It doesn’t really become obvious why the piece is called ‘Threeway’  as I have actually shown four perspectives.  ‘Threeway’ is just a play on the word ‘Freeway’…nothing esoteric about that.  However the eroded corridors and isolation which this space conveys and the colours I have used,  is clear – no matter which way it is viewed….sometimes there just is no escape.

'Threeway'

 I do lots of small experiments like these and have completed quite a few series of experimental works, which I shall put on here every so often. 

'Threeway' 2

‘Threeway’ was made with felt tip pens and a wet paintbrush on paper.  You can get some wonderful effects with this method – a kind of muted watercolour.  But you have to work fast, and you should always use an old paintbrush because somehow or other, this method  just erodes the bristles.

'Threeway' 3

And the last one:-

'Threeway'4

The next personal art will be an explaination of the ‘Echostains ‘ concept and how it came about. 

Meanwhile:-

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.

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)

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 15 ‘He was a God in her Empire of Junk’ part one

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by echostains
 
 

 

page15-someone-was-god

page15-someone-was-god

 

 

‘Someone was God and she was always flirting with him’

in her empire of junk’

page15-someone-was-god-detail1

page15-someone-was-god-detail1

A garishly painted man and woman talk (probably) rubbish to each other, amidst a background of scribbled swirling ink marks.  Two hearts connect, forming a kinetic link with each other: they whirl against a tactile layer of faux leather and satin papers.  Silken thread provides the ties that bind, also the unromantic nitty gritty of how things actually work.

page15-someone-was-god-detail2

page15-someone-was-god-detail2

These chapters are LONG!  Yes LONG!  In fact I can’t believe what possessed me to actually do chapters!  I think there’s about 3 altogether.  I’ve just checked and this chapter has 26 pages alone.  I am going to have real difficulty closing this book lol!

I have a couple of artists in mind for these particular pages, but they will have to wait until tomorrow…

To be continued……

Media used; coloured inks, papers, acrylic paint,threads,card,

AND my 50th post!