Practice of Painting 1 finished.

I finished my last assignment for this course unit for level 4 (HE). In the last part I embarked onto a personal project of building memory and the uncanny with reference to my own professional art therapy practice and S. Freud's work on the uncanny /the un-homely. I got inspired by a deteriorating residential building in our neighborhood. A house, a familiar place of home to someone, now vacant and decaying. I explored various approaches from collage/assemblage, impasto/embedded materials, and monotypes. I explored in a sketchbook format as timeline narrative my theme through overpainted photographs. I really enjoyed working on this course and my final project. I have more confidence on painting skills and can build on my personal voice with making more paintings in the future. My next milestone for this course is assessment in July 2017.

Assignment 5: Reflection on tutors’ feedback – skype tutorial

Based on draft report provided by my tutor and our video tutorial from 22nd March 2017. The full tutor report is available at:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B01FNjP84PHhMDFnUDZzd25rMUU (need permission to access) Summary: I had a very pleasant and positive feedback on my assignment piece and a very fruitful discussion on the way forward. We discussed topics related to my assessment portfolio that were most relevant to me at this…

Assignment 5: Self-Evaluation

  My self evaluation against the assessment criteria for visual arts. Demonstration  of technical and Visual Skills:  In my assignment I let my paintings be informed by my photographs taken on location of the deteriorating house. I looked into different aspects of painting. e.g. monotype as a process step-by-step approach and overpainted photographs. I discovered for the first time how…

Assignment 5: “Memories, the Uncanny & the Un-Homely”

My personal encounter alongside the process of deterioration of a house, memories with an uncanny sensation. ❖ Inside of Us: The Uncanny & the Un-homely ❖ Finding my Theme: I found my theme after reflection on my tutor’s feedback after my last assignment related to painting as documentation and the link to Cornelia Parker’s ‘blowing the shed’ documentation. I was remembering a residential building in…

Franz Kafka – Der Bau (The Burrow), 1931

A story about a badger and his burrow. As often with Kafka his stories are written from an animal perspective but need to be translated and looked at from a human inner perspective. The story is about the self consciousness and self-perceptions of the badger struggling between the homely burrow and the alienated outside. Inside his burrow he cannot see…

Preparation: Process Painting

Introduction I got informed by my tutor after last assignment feedback that the sequence of intermediate painting steps can be more than merely a narrative and illustration of my making. My two more successful examples from Part 4 are the one from  Project 1 – ‘Hard and Soft Landscape‘ => with a narrative and emulation of natural phenomena and the other…

Preparation: Overpainting of photographic images

During part 4 I experimented with photographs and got into the notion of the associated memories of old, especially family photographs (see. Project ‘Squaring Up‘). My tutor felt these paintings as quite successful related to the sequence and showing step separation (similar to interim stage print proofs) and the possibility to work more with photographs. The idea was discussed how…

Preparation: Texture, Index and abstraction

Texture & found materials: Already in previous parts and projects I worked with textured grounds for my paintings. My examples: Part 4 – Project 4 – ‘Landscape outside‘ and Project 5 – Ex3 ‘Working from photograph‘ Part 5 – Project 2 – Ex 1 ‘Textured ground‘ and Ex 2 ‘Mixing materials‘ I contextualised especially Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) – see link…

Preparation: Monotype, monoprint and other transfer experiments

During part 4 I experimented with some surrealistic automatic techniques like Decalcomania. Decalcomania is a kind of monoprint, a monotype – one of a kind. I used it successfully in project ‘Linear Perspective‘. The rationale for applying a random pattern of paint was to trigger emotional responses of the viewer with association of mental stages of mind (vertigo, claustrophobia). The starting point was my…

Assignment 5: Mindmap and development of ideas

My personal encounter alongside the process of deterioration and memories and the notion of the uncanny. Step#1: Overview achievements, scope of project and context in a corner of my studio … a kind of triptych – a narrative of my process: => quite a complex picture of various aspects => I need to reduce and focus Step #2:  I will consider my goal and questions that I will ask myself…

Project 3 – Exercise 2: Abstract painting from man-made form

As in the last exercise I decided to look at specific images from my series of photographs taken on site. Final Paintings: Painting #1: Enamel and acrylic on canvas board (50 x 40 cm) Painting #2: Oil and acrylic on canvas board (50 x 40 cm) (remark:  the photograph doesn’t show the complex luminosity of the painted surface completely)   Preparatory…

Project 3 – Exercise 1: Abstraction from study of natural forms

Abstraction: In the context of this project of ‘Abstraction’ I wanted to understand a bit more of other approaches in painting and looked already some time ago into the Korean movement ‘Dansaekhwa‘, also called ‘Korean monochrome painting’, that evolved in the 1970s. I find it intriguing how the artists look at painting as ‘an act of physical movement and interaction with the…

Contexual research: Narratives in painting

My last assignment 4 was about serial painting and cluster assembly as a format for narrative. I experimented in part 3 also with other narrative in perhaps rather illutrative way of narrative, telling a story – see Project 3  ‘Telling a Story – Keti Koti‘. I was wondering how I could work on other formats of narrative for my personal…

Assignment 5: Contextual research ‘The Uncanny’

Researching ‘The Uncanny‘ in relation to visual arts, personal encounters and sensations and buildings. My initial sketch for my project related to the deteriorating residential ‘haunted’ building and I associated this with the uncanny. In reference to E. Jentsch and S. Freud the main aspect of the german word ‘Das Unheimliche‘ is linked to the fearful and emerging aspect of something…

Project 2 – Exercise 2: Mixing materials into paint

Continuing with experiments paint and found materials. For this exercise I decided to go through a more methodological series of materials. The materials I choose are linked to my subject matter of residential building, interior, living on countryside as well she more linked to painting as suc: Salt Ground Coffee Tea Leaves Earth ground Rabbit hide gue Bee wax  …

Sketchbook pages (15): Visual ideas for my project – photograph transfer

Working with photographic images as base (taken from location): From my initial photo shots from location (see:  http://ocapainting1.stefanschaffeld.com/?p=3443)  of the deteriorating residential building I printed out a few photos on regular paper with my inkjet printer, and transferred them with acrylic adhesive to my sketchbook. A technique I experimented with earlier with own color studies – see at: Part 2…

Project 2 – Exercise 1: Preparing a textured ground

Moving ahead with the exercises I let my ideas and site experience for my personal project inform my experimental exploration of materials and painting approach. In previous exercises I already uses some textured grounds for paintings (e.g. Part 4 – Project 4 ‘Painting a landscape outside‘ – ‘Artefacts‘). Therefore not totally new to me. In scope of this exercise I will…

Assignment 5: Preparation location visit – photo shooting

Working Subject: The Uncanny – deterioration of a residential building and fading memories – human absence  My unedited series of photo shot on location: capturing building, close up views, and environment, trying to capture a sense of place and space. This series of photographs cannot reflect and convey the entire sense of whole embodied experience on site. I decided to bring…

Sketchbook pages (14): Visual ideas for my project

A further exploration of ground, textured and less textured, though still meaningful through my approach of making it – at times leaving the tool be part of the picture  – a possible direction to go for my project.   Found leaves (crushed), linseed oil, gouache, charcoal: => the texture foreground with found objects mirror with gouache paint in the background…

Project 1 – Exercise 2: Dripping, dribbling and spattering

Another exercise I couldn’t image how to embed this into my personal project. Thus another fresh run with fun and experiments with different media. I was hopeful that I will be able to build some ideas for my project while experimenting ‘the deterioration of a residence building – an uncanny experience’ Contextual research: Looking up some information about Pollock’s painting approach, the paint…

Assignment 5: Personal Project and preparatory thoughts

A first collection of loose ideas crossing my mind. Theme: I was triggered by my tutor’s feedback after assignment 4, the reference to Cornelia Parker’s ‘blowing up the shed’ documentation and my reflection and personal experiences. In our neighbourhood in East Frisia (Ostfriesland, Germany) is a vacant old small residential building and the last tenant/owner obviously passed away. The building already deteriorated some time…

Project 1 – Research Point 2: Abstract Expressionism_Tachism

I already looked briefly in my previous research on paint application on dripping and splashing in the context of the American Abstract Expressionist movement what I will investigate a bit deeper in this research (Schaffeld, weblog post 16 Jan 2016) American Abstract Expressionism One main aspect connected with this movement is Action Painting alongside the dripping and splashing of paint. This is…

Project 1 – Research Point 1: Applicaton of Paint

At the beginning of this course I already looked up some ways to apply and blend paint – the rather  ‘traditional’ way including impressionists (Schaffeld, weblog post 17 Feb 2016). Blending techniques with brushes: Gradient blending: control of transition (eg. Tim Maguire ‘Slits 94.27‘, 1994) Wet-in-wet blending: randomly spaced brush blots (eg. Richard Diebenkorn ‘xxx‘, ) Scumbling: a motted effect…

Reflection: Achievements and Outlook

Past achievements I was deeply engaged in part 3 ‘Figurative‘ and part 4 ‘Looking out‘  with various subjects and parallel project works on my own in context of the course scope: Part 3: Daily Self portrait paintings to sharpen my observation skills and to elaborate further the subject of ‘self-portrait’. Here I found the development of certain aspects e.g. object…

Assignment 4: Reflection on tutors’ feedback

Summary: Despite my delay of deadline by nearly one week and the festive days off, I received the formative report back from my tutor very quickly. Overall I left an impressive work for part 4 and my tutor thought that I already pre-empted the next assignment 5 and by that I would have completed the course by including aspects required now in this…

Assignment 4 – Self Evaluation

My self evaluation against the assessment criteria for visual arts. Demonstration  of technical and Visual Skills:  During part 4 I embarked on my parallel sketchbook work to explore and discover the world around me at me work and living place in Switzerland. My regular quick sketches trained not only my observational skills of traditional landscape paintings. I could learn more…

Assignment 4 – ‘A Constructed Landscape’

I described my contextual research, my initial experiments and my plan forward for this assignment in a separate post at: http://ocapainting1.stefanschaffeld.com/?p=3055 Final Painting: The constructed Landscape (12 segments each 40 x 40 cm – total 120 x 160 cm), Ink and acrylic on primed paper 600 g/sqm Preparatory work: As roughly outlined in my initial thoughts I looked up first my two sketchbooks…