Over the past week or so I have been going back to my sketch book and planing out a small series of paintings that may form part of my final display for both end of year shows. I have also arranged a re-visit to the free range space as all the group really need another look at the space to assess exactly how much space we have and where people may go. I also need to make some decisions about how much work I can display and what sort of sizes it needs to be.
I started of by just making some marks with a fluorescent highlighter pen. I then went over the marks with a different colour to create a grid like arrangement where a third colour is created where the two meet. This may be a simple feature in a future painting or series of paintings that I could use as a basis on which to add further elements to create multi layered work.
The next sketch takes the simple idea of alternate green and orange lines and constricts them so that they only partially cover the canvas and are linked to each other across the diagonal and creating that third colour. I also juxtaposed a grey pencil lines across have of the sketch to produce a kind of optical illusion type effect and also to represent the concrete of Brutalism. This is very lose but any finished work would be much more carefully produced.
This next sketch takes the orange and green lines and uses them differently. They would leave a void of unprimed canvas in a triangle shape that I would then size and pirmer with clear primer them paint over with a very lose gestural application of various greys mixed with oil paint. This would also be thickly applied leaving a richly textured finish when dry. This is getting towards the combination of elements and layers that I want for the final works.
This next sketch concentrates on the idea of interwoven orange and green lines extended over half the canvas and creating a very distinct diagonal dissection of the canvas. This cutting the canvas into half's across the diagonal is something that I have often played about with but I don't feel I have quite got it right yet. I like the idea of it and I think it is a very bold thing to do but it needs the other elements to be just right to work. On this sketch the other half of the canvas would be composed of geometrically accurate squares that sit in the same spaces where the orange and green lines would intersect if they continued over this half of the canvas. These squares would also be coloured a variety of grey tones scattered randomly. I like this outcome but I feel it does need one or two other elements (ingredients?) to make it a complete work
I started thinking about what these other elements could be and that got me thinking about the three geometric painted wooden shapes I made last semester. These had an illogical sense of perspective due to my choices of colour tones and I thought that this "fake perspective" may be something I could use here. I drew my conventional intersected green and orange lines but left 2 edges clear and in the space there would be a size and primed area that would be painted with 3 different shades of acrylic paint giving the illusion of a solid form. I think this may be something that I could work with and develop further in other pieces of work. I think that this would create a really interesting viewing experience which would make the viewer question exactly what they are looking at. However, I am not sure if it would come across as a bit "gimmicky". I will need to make one of these for real to properly assess it.
This next sketch takes this idea of a dropped shadow and diagonal dissection further. This is composed using the familiar green and orange intersected lines. ending at the diagonal. There would also be the dropped shadow effect at the bottom and right edges with 45 degree angles. I also think that this could actually be made on a shaped piece of board such as thick plywood. This would need to be accurately cut using the angles written on the sketch. This is also something that I would need to make on a small scale to realisticaly evaluate its success