Meeting of the Waters

I feel that producing work that I knew would be exhibited made me take extra consideration in how the work would be presented and I felt more determined to produce work that I would like and be proud to show. It made me consider how much work to produce and consider how it would be presented in a space. Initially my role in the exhibition was to organise the bar for the event and document the preview night but I became involved in advertising, which I really enjoyed. It was exciting to be involved in organising an event that would show off the work of my peers and it felt good to be organising something as a team. It was difficult at first as a group to get organised as I feel at first we weren’t sure how to move forward but we settled into our roles and I’m proud of our attitudes towards the event and how we came together. I feel that the next time we need to organise an exhibition we’ll be more comfortable in beginning the organisation and we’ll distribute the roles more suitably.

I am pleased with the outcome of my paintings. I certainly struggled at first to get to grips with using a palette knife instead of a brush and for the first painting I did use a brush a few times to refine parts of my painting but I found by the second painting I didn’t touch a paint brush. I found it quite relieving to work with more expression; usually I try to copy the exact details from my reference photos but I was more lenient with myself for these pieces, I wasn’t obsessive about making my painting look the same as my references. I found that I found painting more rewarding this way; it was much more of a relaxed process. Painting in such bright colours was enjoyable too; I found it quite fun to experiment with unnatural colours. In relation to the theme of the project I feel I didn’t delve as deep as I could have, I would have liked to have explored the topic a bit more but I am happy with the direction I went with this project.

My intention for my project was to produce multiple paintings that explored how altering colour and experimenting with texture can transform a landscape and challenge the viewer’s natural preconceptions of how a landscape would normally look. I wanted to take photographs I had taken of a familiar local environment and present these images in a new way so that it would almost be unrecognisable. I wanted the change in colour and texture to make these landscapes look otherworldly and surreal. By alienating the normal I wanted the viewer to look at my paintings and notice aspects of the landscape I had changed so they could appreciate my work and also the area that my paintings would be using as a reference. I wanted to use bright colours as I thought that it would be the most effective change in colour and so that my pieces would be eye catching. I wanted to use palette knives on a large scaled canvas to be able to put more expression into my work, to try to get out of my comfort zone stylistically by painting in a less controlled manner. I wanted to produce two or three paintings to use this concept in a series so I could explore different colour palettes and see how comfortable I became over a multiple painting process.

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