I had a really interesting tutorial session at college last week. Previously, I had taken a colour study and desaturated it, just to see what it would look like. I liked it …. I liked it a LOT !
See for yourself … here’s the original …
And here’s the desaturated sketch
Now … I have always loved colour. I love it’s volume, depth and vibrancy, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the starkness of monochrome. After the initial shock, I do now feel that it has its own bleak beauty. And maybe a place in the market, too.
My tutor pointed me in the direction of Franz Kline. I had heard of him, but had never really looked at his work before.
Now, I don’t really ‘do’ straight lines and abrupt angles, but there is a way of working that I really like in his work. I love the harsh black that shouts from his canvasses … it is confrontational, yet it also invites thought and contemplation ( to me, anyway).
He did also use colour …
So … where does this leave me ??
Buying a huge bottle of black indian ink and searching for a large canvas at which to throw it … it will be interesting if nothing else.
I love using my camera phone, don’t you ? It’s so much easier than it used to be 25 years ago. I remember all of the hassle it was, getting my old Ilford HP4’s developed at college in the dark room … yes … I was an art student 20 odd years ago too … Some things never change, eh … Anyway …
You can keep up with what’s going on by checking out my Instagram feed .. I am a habitual camera snapper who loves Instagramming and vintage-ifying absolutely everything !
Hi … I figured I should start my shiny new blog with a short introduction … My name is Lesley .I am a lampworker (I make hand crafted glass art beads for jewellery designers), and I am currently studying for a foundation degree in Art at Leek School of Art (part of Leek and Buxton College).
I have always loved being creative for as long as I can remember.
After many years spent living in the city, I finally relocated to the highest village in Britain, in the Peak District a few years ago. It was to be the best move that I ever made. It was also the most interesting move I ever made … especially in the winter !
My career has taken on a whole new direction since the move, so alongside my glass work, I am now studiously training to become a fully fledged fine artist.
Here’s my artist statement … It all sounds very grown up !
I am a mixed media artist, based in the Peak District.
I am influenced and drawn to mood and colour within my surroundings.
I mostly work with acrylics, but also love to explore using charcoal, collage, textiles and printmaking.