For this exercise I have taken the 5 prints I was most happy with from exercise 1 (see below) and worked from those and from the photograph.
What I am aiming for is the abstraction of form and the use of loose colour to create texture and movement. I am thinking Alli Sharma, Cathy Lomax, Eleanor Moreton, Luc Tuymans for their methods in paint application. I want to keep a translucency, for the brush marks to be part of the movement of the piece. So I need to use zest-it to thin the ink and give me more fluidity with my mark making. I need to think about how I am using the brush strokes – eg. do they need to vary, what sort of brush to use for a particular mark, what areas will have a translucence, what areas need to be flatter.
I am also experimenting with colour in this exercise – what colours bring an invitation of hope rather than despair? I don’t know what the answer is for me yet – but during this work I was conscious of that part of my exploration as well as how to continue abstraction of form.
I am also not sure where my tipping point will be with regards to abstracting the figure – I am contemplating whether I need any relationship between my work and the physical form. I am thinking of Howard Hodgkin’s work, his use of gesture and colour – do I want to go that far with my interpretation of the form?
These were my first four mono prints. The first was too detailed, the second too abstract. The next two were more successful. I feel I was successful with my varied use of paint application and also with my use of negative space.
The next three prints I was again trying out different ideas – the first print is thinned too much but I particularly liked the third for the movement and light in the piece.
I then decided to attempt to create 3 more pieces based on the turquoise/grey combination to make my set of 5 to complete this exercise. I like the colour combination, there it doesn’t feel to energetically ‘heavy’ and the colours hold well even when really thinned.
By the end of the exercise I concluded that the turquoise blue colour, grey and orange are colours that I consider connected to the feeling I want to express in my work. I also found myself wanting to work more heavily with the inks and completed the last two as my final attempt to consolidate what I had learnt from this exercise.
It is the final print that I am really pleased with. The colour palette works well, the marks are gestural and varied. There is also a sense of light within the image despite the face looking unhappy. I am intending to work further with this image in the next exercise when I make use of cotton buds/rags etc to remove ink and see where it takes me.