I decided to do a clay sculpture, to experiment with building an armature and then adding clay on top to create more intricate shapes than I have ever made before. The design was influenced by : – the columns and ‘fan vaults’ I had seen in cathedral architecture, with peaks and troughs. – Ink sketches […]Read more "1st Clay Sculpture"
I looked at photos from where I painted and looked at the painting itself to figure out where I would put the octagonal shape and what angle. This 3D shape helps with this process SO MUCH. After I picked the shape I mapped it out using the 3D shape for reference, having to step back […]Read more "Finishing another big painting with a structure"
Next big canvas using the same stretcher as the first big painting I ever did – it feels small now compared to the bigger stretcher I have! I am painted in new weather conditions here. I painted in windy, grey and stormy weather. I wanted to see how this new weather affects my colour palette […]Read more "Another Big Canvas en plein air"
I needed to rethink the way I put the structure on the canvas, because the last structure was pretty but it didn’t do what I intended! Which was to make the viewer feel as if they are looking up at a great space and height. I went back to the ink structures and started to […]Read more "Rethinking the Cathedral Inspired Structures"
This is an image from my first sitting for adding the structure. To make the shape I used the photoshop image (last blog post), photos from the location I painted this canvas in the woods, and inspiration from the ink structures. What works Using grey lines next to white to outline the structure.This was inspired […]Read more "Adding a Structure to the Big Canvas"
I made this photoshopped image of a big canvas and a charcoal sketch. I wanted to see what it would look like if I added the shape to the painting. Results are positive! This shape works best at capturing height and space and the shapes of a cathedral ceiling dome, even though it’s just a […]Read more "Preparing to add structures to the canvas"
I completed this ink drawing whilst looking at this image of the woods – I took this morning when I was painting outside. With these ink shapes I am mimicking the shapes I see inside cathedrals. Like someone said when looking at the ink drawings: The shapes look like you’ve cast the inside of a […]Read more "Ink Structures cont."
I have really enjoyed this change of medium! It’s refreshing to work with a material that you can drip, bleed, layer etc. I am drawing on skills I built when working in ink last academic year, but trying to push them forward and use as varied techniques as possible. Paper: 90lb watercolour paper and black […]Read more "Ink Experiments So Far"
I am trying to figure out how I incorporate the cathedral interior influence into the structures in my paintings. The mediums I have been using- charcoal and acrylic sketches don’t seem to be helping me get what i want, so I want to look at Bleckner’s work to look at how he uses cathedral structures […]Read more "Artist: Ross Bleckner"