For this piece I chose to take an earlier piece of coursework further, I knew that I could do better and wanted to take what I had learnt further and on a larger scale. The results were really positive.
I am so excited by the results of palette knives. For some time I have been studying the work of artists such as Charmaine Olivia, etc. Also experimenting with using flowers and their colours in the background of portraits and figure studies. I have been drawing basic colourful flowers and positioning them at the side of or around portrait drawings. The response that the human face/ figure has to the bright colours really appeals to me. I wanted to achieve their effect however, it wasn’t feeling right. I wanted expressive colours in the background, however, was unsure on how to convey this in a way that wasn’t so overpowering. Then through the fun of experimentation, I found the perfect and exciting answer, I really couldn’t be happier. The contrast between the stunning effects from palette knives, in contrast to varied obvious brush strokes within the subject.
I also spent a lot more time developing the colours that I was going to use in order to get them the way that I wanted. I wasn’t afraid to use obvious contrasts in tone in order to achieve what I wanted to. Mixing the paint with palette knives brought amazing results in terms of continuity in the paints colour.
A study of different parts of the face.
A drawing of my portrait photographed.
An earlier piece of course work that I wanted to take further.
My favoured sketch that I worked from.
My final piece (A2 Acrylic paint on prepared paper):
A close up on the effects of the palette knife:
Overall I am really pleased with the results of this assignment and the process that it has taken me through. I have learnt a lot about what I enjoy and the direction that my work is going in. I have also gained an ever growing understanding of how important experimentation is as well as trialling the final piece before moving on to a final piece. Colour studies are also crucial to the process. Overall I am loving painting more than a realistic picture, instead feeling what I am painting and then expressing what I am feeling.
There were technical issues with the palette knife especially. Such as getting close to the subject with the paint, however, this has its aesthetically pleasing advantages too. I also decided to use the palette knife to bring to life the clothes too. I chose pale blue and yellow as they really complement the skin tone and each other. I wanted to achieve a positive bright emotional reflection.
Something that I am learning to appreciate is the results of feeling what I am painting instead of over analysing every brush stroke, the freer that I feel, the happier that I am with the results of my work. I have to admit that everything about this piece expressed exactly what I was feeling and what I wanted to achieve.