Thursday, March 13, 2014
This began in the fall as an exercise that studied emotions. My mentor gave me the challenge to do 10 ink drawings/paintings of each of the six emotions. I completed that challenge last week. Yesterday I met with my new mentor who loves the series and has encouraged me to continue, upping the number to 100 and possibly using the grid in my thesis! As I continute to create I will also be looking at the grid and experimenting with its formal aspect by moving around the pieces to study and determine the best compositional placement of the faces. I have also pulled out the 10ish images that include hair and will replace those with images that have the hair removed but maintain the same facial expression. It's been a fun investigation and experiment. With each drawing I am strenthening my skills as a portrait artist while learning to let go of perfectionism and embracing the lose of control that ink drawing with a brush and a stick force upon me.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I'm thinking that as I continue to create these small pieces that perhaps I will then use them as studies for larger paintings on eithr canvas or paper. This in turn would take my painting style in a whole new direct, one that would possibly incorporate all the exploration and investigations I've been doing while in the graduate program with the different kinds of media. There is a good chance my thesis will include painting, printmaking and photography. If this is the case then this current 'doodle' series would be a great segway into my next phase of artistic endeavors.... Stay tuned!