This weeks art class we looked at blue and white china, the Willow pattern and the work of Grayson Perry. we started just painting from the Willow pattern with the aim to develop a twist on the theme, I don’t think my head was in the right place for this and It didn’t really go anywhere, later I worked on a few ideas and considered making a twist on the Japanese wave.
I put it all down and started to look a bit deeper at Grayson Perry s work, I liked his twist on blue and white using yellow and I liked how he uses text in his work, so one thing followed another and I made a portrait of him.
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From when I started with Acrylics last year it has always been an issue to keeping the paint from drying before I get to put it on the canvas. so after trying a few different ideas this is what works for me.
I use a plastic bag to keep the water out of my worktop with a piece of folded cloth on top this I drench in water, then I use Reeves tear off pallet its 100% better than the baking paper I was using and lets you use a knife without tearing.
Thought I would have a go at something with a bit of a storyline instead of just finding a face and painting away.
First I thought I might try using a track of music something from Mr Bowie. while looking up the lyrics I found a connection to the book and film 1984 so using a few stills from the film as reference I developed an idea.
Trying still to keep my painting loose, scratched out a composition and started to paint.
see my progress as I reworked this a few times to where I am now, finished I think…