Following feedback from my Tutor on my original assignment work (see summary of Tutor comments https://stuartbrownleeocaupm.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/part-5-assignment-5-tutor-feedback/, I took some time to reflect on how I might better capture the essence of the assignment brief.
To this end, I looked back over the exercise work and focused on three ideas in particular for further exploration in the revised assignment: Exercise 5.2 – a walking narrative; Exercise 5.3 – corner of a room; and original assignment work with a found collage approach.
In Exercise 5.3, I had in effect produced a triptych of room corner studies in watercolour (see https://stuartbrownleeocaupm.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/part-5-exercise-5-3-corner-study/) and I liked the idea of developing the triptych concept further.
For this revised assignment I produced three separate triptych works, starting with:
Starting from a 90cm x 60cm stretched canvas I had previously covered with pale blue gesso:
I added a cheap sticky-back map of the world onto which I sprayed adhesive to add texture (above) and overpainted again with thinned oil colour washes:
Pushing further I added more vibrant Jackson Pollock-like thinned oil paint drips to overlay with random mark making and added texture:
This became my ground for recapturing some of the feeling, intention and images from Exercise 5.2. I chose nine images from my original ‘Balnain Circular’ to place against the wider context of the world map – now “my world within a world”, my journey, my garden ‘desert island’ narrative in an imagined new context:
Measuring and lining the finished canvas, I cut it into three sections forming Triptych 1:
Taking my Exercise 5.3 corner room studies, I re-imagined them in thinned oil paint on three panels of 41cm x 61cm exterior plywood. I used size 8, 10 and 14 brushes and Liquin thinning medium for all my reworked assignment pieces.
The individual panels are:
The collection as a triptych – narrative inspired by time of day and quality of light:
While I think that the three individual paintings stand alone quite well, in their own greenish, pinkish and blue/purplish renditions, I believe that together as a 3×3 arrangement (above) they come together pretty well compositionally as an interesting arrangement.
Picking up on the found collage theme I began to explore in one of my original assignment pieces, I captured three separate images from TV as seen through and reflected back through our lounge window against a garden background. These were painted in thinned oils on three different grounds:
The individual panels were made from the top, bottom and inside of an old oil paint box, each panel measuring 30cm x 40cm.
The TV screen image is seen through a misty layer of thinned oil paint and the water-stained panel cracking shows through the oils in the background.
The tin ground shows through the thinned oil paint in places, adding sparks of light into the background foliage, while a cut-to-size sheet of sticky-back clear polythene covers the TV screen to add depth and atmosphere.
The waxed ground and cling-film TV screen adds texture and atmosphere to the image.
The collection as a triptych – narrative inspired by altered perspective:
Review of revised assignment 5
Fortunately, after heavy rain this afternoon turned out dry and so I was able to lay out my three triptychs in the only place I could – on the deck in the garden. A pair of steps, camera and nerves (at a height!) I made four, not three, different arrangements of my triptych collections:
As I couldn’t get high enough on the steps (without wobbling, or falling off) the pieces are all fairly close together – they might have benefitted from having some more space around each one? However, they are what they are and the main feature for me in all of the arrangements is the bedroom corner trilogy. That’s not to say that I don’t think the other two lack merit. Of these I think the TV trilogy stands out, while my continued ‘Balnain Circular’ world within a world journey still spirals (like jazz) in my mind.
So, I removed it from the arrangement and this image is my chosen more balanced arrangement of the ‘2 x 3’ triptych collection:
All-in-all I believe I have revisited the assignment brief and my original attempts and brought something stronger to this revised assignment. I have used larger brushes and a variety of grounds, experimented with subject matter and a more relaxed, less detailed application of oil paint. I have scaled up original exercise work and sought new ways of expressing my ideas.
Underlying all of this work there remains my original fascination with the idea or concept of place and what it means to me from what I see around me – it’s about what I feel about things and while it may not be an accurate representation, it is a true reflection of what I perceive.
I have tried to approach this revision in a less literal way – only time, and assessment, will tell if I have succeeded or not.
Stuart Brownlee – 512319
26 July 2017