I’ve finished with abstracts for the time being.
Sticking with the original composition / sketch I used for the warm-up exercise, (previous post) today I did two more sketches and focused on different combinations of warm / cool colours. I took my colour inspiration from Ivon Hitchens and August Macke. Not pleased with the results because I haven’t really captured their colours, nor have I developed from the first lot of sketches. I think part of the problem is that I’m looking at abstract from the outside – in, rather than having an intention or specific problem to pursue. I’ve been to the library to do a bit more research and I’ll give some more thought to how to develop. Here are today’s efforts:
I’m developing on the last project (still life). My aim is to produce something non-representational; I’ve been inspired by a recent exhibition of work by Ivon Hitchens at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham.
The starting point is an enlarged section of a charcoal sketch of the still life. Today I did a series of small sketches in acrylics as a ‘warm-up’. Not sure where this is leading at this stage, but I’ll ponder on them tonight and decide what works best.
Here is some of the work I’ve done relating to a course taken at Embrace Arts, Leicester. The topic was still life. We were asked to select unimportant objects. I explored a few different selections including things from the garden shed, small items taken from my mother’s desk and some pots and a bottle. I discovered Morandi, I thought more about Bonnard and use of shadows, and explored using cool and warm colours together more. I’m pleased with what I’ve done during the course and I began to stray out of my comfort zone a little.