Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Image of the Week: 'Jamaica' - a Black History Month Special!

Creative Process:

Inspiration for my 'Jamaica' collage came from Exercise 36: Random Collage - Why Not Be Out of Control in Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making by Dean Nimmer.

I've completed a few collages over the years, so thought this project would offer light relief from my other drawings.  As Dean Nimmer states: 'Collages are easy to make, inexpensive and, most importantly, offer a thoroughly enjoyable process!'

'Removing the ability to control the outcome of your composition can be unnerving and liberating at the same time.' I'm not sure I completely went along with this idea, but I did start by choosing the fairly old, yet meaningful, map of Jamaica, that I used when I toured the island on many occasions (12) between the years 1996 and 2008.

The map of Jamaica needed to fit on A3 size paper, so I folded the far right section over and when it came to framing, I left it open, without glass.

The photos were a random selection.  However, the Rastafarian colours, red - the blood shed of the African people; yellow - the sunshine of the African land and green - the lush greenery of the African continent, were deliberate, and this is where the work came in, of ensuring the balance of colours, filled in with coloured pencils, blended throughout the whole collage.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this collage, which inspired me to hang it along with my four framed photographs of Bob Marley - see below. The whole 'Jamaica' wall, in my living room, has since become a cultural and historical talking piece as I share my travel experiences with friends and family.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Image of the Week: Kaleidoscope

Creative Process:

For this abstract piece 'Kaleidoscope,' a continually changing pattern of shapes and colours, I used paper from a very old sketchpad, which was much thinner paper, which ended up curling at the edges.  I started the drawing using a Z4 Roller Black 0.7mm pen, my favourite pen to write with. I particularly like the colour combinations of yellow and orange.

Here is the framed version:

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Image of the Week: Borders

Creative Process:

This is my first piece of abstract art!  Inspired by the book Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making, and in particular the choice of colours in *Wassily Kandinsky's Improvisation No 26 piece, I selected the Prisma colours Noir, Canary Yellow, Crimson Red, Apple & Grass Green and Crayola's Sky Blue.  

Prompted by the book's Exercise 1: Connecting Eleven Dots, I randomly lightly pencilled 11 dots on the A4 sketch paper. Then it was simply a process of joining the dots and...well the creative process from then on is mostly an unknown, except for the 'constraint' of the chosen five colours and the 11 dots.  The title Borders was chosen as a result of how I felt when I was drawing the sections' edges.

*Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) is the first man who, with paint and brush, created a nonrepresentational work of art.

Where art comes from is a mystery.  It comes unannounced.  It has the quality of gift. The source from where it comes is hidden from us. Like all creativity, it stands us in possibility.  It comes from impulse and dream, from raising the inarticulate, from going below the floor of consciousness.  To do this, we must break free of the confines of the known and fixed.  As artists, we do this with our materials - with our hands.  And in this confluence of mind and matter abstraction is not only relevant, it is essential.
                                - Timothy Hawkesworth.

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