Since my last post I’ve been working on developing my Connectivity art piece. I quite like where I left off last time and continued working down this route trying to unify the design further.
The greens I intend to add later will be more dynamic and sit within the areas which project prominently forward: i.e. the larger shapes.
Not a bad start except for one thing: using painters tape to mask the outer edges of the painted sections hasn’t worked well. The photo looks fine but in reality the tape stuck to the soft surface of the BFK Reeves paper and lifted it off and this shows when sunlight is on the piece. It’s essentially ruined. I could continue and then perhaps paper glaze, varnish or paverpol the entire surface and hope this will hide the paper imperfections but should I bother? I’ve put it aside for now.
What is it I like about this piece?
It’s very much the squares in lines, both horizontal and vertical. It brings me right back to my start point of apartment blocks and living separately but close together with overlapping lives.
I’ve not only been referencing my own photos and researching unit block construction sites within Australia but I’ve also looked at innovative building projects abroad. This development in Nanterre, beautifully photographed by Luc Boegly, demonstrates the concept I’m trying to put across.
The colour scheme is very much based on my previous work.
During the week I returned to water colours and attempted a further piece which sits somewhere between my two samples above. In other words; a softer water colour appearance but with an image flexibility more in line with the monoprint.
In this latest version I have more variety in the box sizes and also some overlapping of groups. I’m very pleased that there is some depth to this, I’ve achieved some definite layering of squares. This colour scheme is new to me, not somewhere I would normally go and I find it attractive and stimulating. My instinct (today!) is to pursue this one and work further onto the piece with other media.