Health & Safety Notes: Cube Project
When making my final piece in the cube project I had to use the workshop and therefore had to consider certain health & safety procedures. I used machinery such as then ban saw to cut the perspex pieces which involved wearing gloves and googles; to protect my hands from the blade and my eyes from the dust created. Other things I had to do/think about whilst in the workshop:
- I had to make sure my hair was tied back and I was wearing protective clothing/eyewear (goggles)
- I had to make sure that all machinery was safe to use beforehand, e.g. no broken blades or obstructions
- No food or drink in the area
- I had to take caution when moving large materials, e.g. when cutting the pieces from the large sheet of metal
- When coming into contact with any heat I had to be wearing gloves and goggles and instruct others to keep clear
All of these considerations meant I worked in a safe environment for both myself and the others around me.
This is a link to my Flickr account portfolio which I used to apply for Kingston foundation course (see progression research page).
Final Piece in Gallery Location
I used photoshop to drop an image of my painting into a white walled gallery space. Seeing it like this I think its size makes the piece really striking and eye-catching even though its not colourful at all. I’m glad also that even from afar you can see the qualities of the brushwork. Overall it would suitably fit in a gallery space somewhere in Somerset.
Kilve Beach Film
Alongside my painting I also made this short film gathering together clips I took on the beach in Kilve. It was a great way of remembering the sounds and atmosphere of the beach at the start of the project.
FINAL PIECE and evaluation
Above is an image of my final piece cut off from the board. I decided to keep the brown paper around the edges as I thought it framed the piece quite well.
I’ve really enjoyed this project and working through ideas to create a final outcome. Working from observation on location was something that I had never done before but I found it really useful being in the environment and getting a feel for the place and applying this to my work. I’ve realised the importance of doing lots of drawings and experimentations as through these, even if they are mistakes, come ideas. My focus was to produce a an abstracted painting representing the visual features and aesthetic attributes of the location, in particular the beach at Kilve. Although I have used mainly ink (I had stated that it would be a painting) I still think that my piece is a good fine art representation that would be suitable for display in a local gallery in Somerset.
Artist research was also a key part to this project for me. Both Maggi Hambling and Rezi Van Lankveld’s work inspired me with ideas of colour schemes or application of paint etc. Lankveld’s method of working in particular I found interesting; the marbling of the paint was something I tried to re-create myself.
In conclusion I think that my piece answers the brief that I set myself earlier on in the project. I have learnt how crucial development is from this project and how artists in the real world would use an outside location to inspire them to produce work for a gallery.
Development of the final piece
The pictures to the left at the top show how I stretched the paper for my final piece. I used paper and not canvas or board because I wanted to make it really big and I had used this material throughout the project; the paper measures approximately 1m by 1.75m. I put the paper on top of a plain board, wet the brown paint and put this around each edge. I then wet the paper and left this to dry overnight. When I came back the next day the paper was taught and ready to work on. I started by using a large brush and swirling this at the top of the page; I let a lot of paint run, more so that I planned to but actually I think it looks good. I had a mixture of white paint and ink on my brush when doing this which meant the colours merged creating a really interesting effect, shown in the photograph directly below.
Next I did the middle section using black and white paint. I applied it quite expressively and quite thickly. Once I had finished this area I moved onto the bottom band. I painted a layer of quink ink and whilst it was still wet I used a smaller brush and bleach to apply the pebble design. I liked using this material as its different every time as the colour does not always come through so I had no idea what was going to happen. The final piece is shown in the bottom picture.
Shown on the page beneath the insert is my final design idea. The top ‘strip’ I have swirled a dry brush and used quink ink to represent the rain splatters on the rocks on the beach. I also let the paint drip to imitate the falling rain. The middle band I have used white paint and let the dripping ink change the colour. In the bottom section I have used my pebble design and applied it to quink ink using bleach and let the image burn through. Combined I think that the design successfully symbolizes the textural qualities of the rocks and stones on Kilve beach. I have kept the colour palette muted as well as there was not much colour shown on the beach; the bleach on ink is the only burst of colour and also a similar colour to the fallen tree that was on the beach on our visit.
Although my idea is not really a painting as I am mainly using ink as my material, I still think the design represents Kilve well and would still look good in a white walled gallery; therefore answering the brief I wrote. I am also going to work on a much larger scale than I have done so before in this project.
Larger A1 Composition Experimentations
I wanted to move away from my sketchbook and try some ideas on a larger scale as my final piece will be bigger anyway. I like features of both; from the first one the top ‘band’ with the dripping ink. From the second sheet I like the bottom section of the pebble design in bleach and ink. I think I will combine features from both of these compositions to create my final idea.
Composition Ideas in my sketchbook
Bleach and Ink Experiment
I’ve decided I really like the effect created when bleach is applied to quink ink and I think this is a feature I want to use in my final piece. Above our two pages from my sketchbook showing how I could use it as part of a composition.