Monday, 9 October 2017
WEEKLY ART PROJECT #49; GRIDIFYING NATURE
This week I've been particularly focused on the work of Mondrian, whose grid paintings are his most famous. Mondrian's grid paintings were non-objective, which means they weren't inspired by or meant to represent anything in particular.
Because I LIKE referring to something real in my own art creating, and because grids have been on my mind... I wondered whether I could try developing a grid pattern inspired by a plant?
There's no reason why not!
By already knowing the style I wanted to attempt, I leapt straight into exploring with pens, paper & paint. Only minor changes were varied from drawing to drawing, but even so, lots of thought accompanied each one.
Composition was important, as was proportion...then there was the balance of colour!
Using a simple colour palette, I set to work tracing my final design onto the uppermost layer before...
The one I needed to make was whether to leave the heavier black lines in situ, or whether to cut them back creating more pockets of white.
The piece could have been left at this point, but I felt it needed a little more movement & variety of line.
Looking at it now, having completed it a few hours ago, I think those thin lines need a little more weight to them, as they are just a bit too spindly looking. Never the less, I'm very pleased with this outcome and I certainly enjoyed the challenge of it.
One thing I've learnt both from my course work and from this little exercise is that, just because something LOOKS simple, doesn't mean that it has been simple to complete as a resolved composition!