The course started last Monday with a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition. We were given a clipboard and pencils and had 40 minutes to capture our favourite O'Keeffe work using monochrome. Initially I found this task quite difficult as O'Keeffe is famous for her beautiful sense of colour.
I was taken with this abstract piece based on the view of Lake George.
|Georgia O'Keeffe, 1924, Onto the Lake #1|
Last night on the second class of the course we were asked to create three different abstracted compositions (portrait, landscape and square) based upon the work we had produced in the previous week. Again, only in monochrome. We were given five minutes for each composition. I sketched mine out quickly and finished them this morning.
I used black watercolour for the landscape composition focussing on the bold contrast between black and white. The portrait composition was a quick study using pencil and graphite and the final square composition is a a mixed media piece using marker pen, felt-tip, graphite and water.
Before launching into painting we had a fun warm-up activity where we listened to a piece of music and were asked to respond. I have done this before and really enjoyed the flowing mark-making outcomes. You create marks and shapes you wouldn't necessarily make without the music guiding your hand! It's a very free-ing activity.
|The warm-up exercise: A mark-making response to music (the theme tune to Tomorrow's World)|
During the rest of the evening we produced observational paintings based on plants and flowers. I selected this striking green flower below (I think it is a chrysanthemum?):
Below are my 30 minute and 10 minute studies using watercolour and then acrylic paints:
|30 minute study using watercolour paints with an overlay of acrylic|
|10 minute study using acrylic paint|
|5 minute abstracted study using the curves of the petals to inspire the flow of the lines|