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My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 3 playing with the contents of an old make up bag

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , on April 2, 2009 by echostains

make-up-bag waste not want not

make-up-bag waste not want not

Continuing with the ‘Alchemy’ project I completed a few years ago, this page is about make – up (Old make up I may add).  I mean Charlie glitter????  Never throw anything away and you too can live in a tip like me lol!  Seriously, don’t ever put old make up on your skin..PAINT or experiment with it!
1.  Pastel pigment and hair gel makes a thinish surface.  A bit of glitter wouldn’t go amiss in this mix
2.  Red soft pastel and Sun Shimmer Bronzer, the bronzer seals the pastel, acting as a protective.  May be interesting to see what happens when mixed with other colours?
3.  Pastel and Peel off Face mask.  This is an important experiment as you shall see later.  Note: peels away by rubbing…
4.  Pigment and oil free make up.  A little like milk paint.  The oil free make up does not protect the pigment very well…
5.  The same but with ‘Charlie’ Glitter gel.  This is lovely, you can see the brushstrokes.  A bit thin and delicate.  This glitter gel would lend itself well to No.1

Other pages in the Alchemy Project;

Page 1. A cocktail of delight

Page 1. continued

Page 2.  Kitchen media

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Transcription Pages 26 – ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , on March 4, 2009 by echostains

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Continuing with my transcription ‘Snow White and her Stepmother. by Paula Rego…..

‘Splitting the picture as before, (see page 25 below) and by swapping the pieces around, the Stepmother’s flesh is now textured like her blue dress.  The blue texture has also been applied to Snow White’s skin.  There seems to be some sort of connective structure going on, which may be better expressed as line.”

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page-25

 

“This experiment is about trying to get the right tonal values in pastels.  There is a difficulty in trying to recreate the colour of the wall, which is a very unusual shade of grey.  It seems to have a slight purple/pink tone in it which is really hard to capture.” (page 27)

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” The image (Page 28 see below) has been to negative and the yellow carpet is now an unusual shade of blue which is yet again proing difficult to get exactly right.”

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page-28

 

To be continued…

Transcription so far;

 Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

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…..” 

 
 

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“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.

 
 

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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

Transcription: ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego pages 6 – 13

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by echostains
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 Continued from pages 1 – 6

Here there is a reversal , by squeezing and compressing the format, both figures appear squat and the composition takes on a more active and aggressive stance.  The stepmother almost looks like she is attacking Snow White.

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Even in this rough outline, without any clues to what is going on within the positive shapes of the figures, the ‘jutting’ out of the stepmother’s head and the end of her scarf suggest confrontation.

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The tonal values of the composition are mostly mid to dark.  The lighter elements seem to be the sleeves, socks, dress and knickers of Snow White, perhaps to denote the ‘purity’ of her in contrast to her more worldly made up Stepmother, who has slightly darker skin, and dress.

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Monotone version

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page11Experiments: exploring possibilities.....page12

 

Tonal collages

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page-12 and 13

 

To be continued..

Transcription: ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego…..ongoing

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , on February 8, 2009 by echostains

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This is my main transcription I did a few years ago.  I got quite a lot from this image, which is part of a set.  This one was at the Whitworth Gallery Manchester at the time and captured my imagination.

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paula-rego-snow-white-and-her-stepmother

 

I traced the outline of the picture to see what possibilities the shapes offered.

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The basic outlines of the figures give me a clearer idea of the  picture’s  composition.

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By stretching and elongating the shapes, Snow White especially takes on a different aspect when her squatness is taken away and she becomes equal in height to her stepmother.

To be continued tomorrow

Altered art book: page 12 By the light of the Silvery Moon furtively

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2009 by echostains

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My scanner is now out of action.  It was playing up the other day, now it’s completely packed in.  I have  had to take a photo of these pages, with not much success. but anyway …….

Page 12, the words chosen were: –

‘He hid his own fears and wishes and only took them out in private under the eye of the moon.’

A childhood memory flashed up.  I was counting money and the moon was shining though the window.   I saved my pocket money up in an old French coffee bean tin.   It was blue and white striped.  There was something about this tin that was exotic and ooh la la.  I hid the tin away, only taking it out when the moon was full.  I had heard that if you turned your silver over when it was a new moon, your money would increase! 

This is wrapped up in superstition and also fear.  It is the compulsive feeling that if you DON’T do something, something bad will happen.  Being told that Santa won’t come unless you go to sleep…then not being to be able to get to sleep because you are too excited, then panicking!!  

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page-12-moon

Although not very clear, the moon I made is actually silver.  A coffee tin hangs from it, followed by a small silver charm of a handbag. 

Media used: ink, oil pastel, silver card, photocopies, ribbon, charm