Wednesday, October 24, 2012

sometimes it takes almost a year ...

Before I post more photos of my Merry-go-round signs I think I should explain what lies behind; my thoughts and intentions - and the long road (often uphill) I walked to get there ... I've now got so much material (art) I will never use, because I felt that was not really what I was after. At least I'm not afraid of experimenting and really giving things a try!

Last autumn I really felt I wanted to get rid of the need to frame my watercolors, to get away from that "picture on the wall" feeling.  So I tried painting watercolour on specially prepared canvas. I also wanted to work with a kind of repetition, the "same same but different" you see in models' faces, in stereotypical beauty, in advertising. It's a canon, but also superficial. I was thinking biiiiig, I was thinking billboard. Maybe rising the pointless and superficial to an almost religious level? Overwhelm? Superimpose? Instead of minimum go fro maximum?

These are work in progress images I never showed from October-November last year.

my starting point and "inspiration" - a bikini add from H&M. I was only interested in the faces though
preparatory sketch in real size (2,4 meters broad or something like that)
mounted the sketch on the stretched and prepared canvas and made some changes (skipped the hand)
first blue/red sketch (I never sketch with pencil). Still nothing "new" ... but it is coming

...to be continued

3 comments:

Amanda said...

Love where the red & blue sketch is going.. thanks for sharing your process--so neat to see things evolve.

pRiyA said...

It makes for an extraordinary read when you explain the process in your work. Thank you for sharing it with us. It reminds me that there is always a process to an artist's work that the audience never sees.

Rebecca said...

I've never thought of mounting a sketch on a canvas! I always sketch first so this is new to me ;0). I like seeing your process...