Category: Notes

General rough notes.

Reflection on my assessment results

I successfully passed assessment with a 2.1. Considering my efforts and commitment, my prolific experimental interest and at times my overly self-conscious approaches, I am satisfied with the results.  Although I definetely head for a 1 for the next practical course units on HE5 (level 2) More than the results I am happy with the assessors acknowledging my ‘sound foundation…

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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…

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…

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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…

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 – A Landscape Painting – Initial thoughts and context

Conclusion and consolidation for my work forward: A landscape is a cultural constructed image. In visual art and especially painting typically viewed as a framed image. For me the question can I embed this in my work? How can I apply perspective in a different way (see my painting in Project 1 Ex 1 ‘Linear perspective‘)? How can I incorporate architectural…

Contextual notes for part 4 (3): Large scale painting

In this third part I am looking how large scale works can be made.  For all projects especially assignment work:  Large paintings can be considered as one single large canvas like executed by Richard Diebenkorn (1922 – 1993) with his ‘Ocean Park‘ series of very large (up to 8 1/2 to 6 1/2 feet) abstract paintings (non-gestural) as a kind “gorgeous compositions of color…

Contextual note for part 4 (2): The Sublime

In this second part I will have a short sneak in the sublime and its meaning for visual art. For all projects ‘Sublime‘:  My tutor suggested me to look at the concept reps. theory of the Sublime. I am currently residing in Switzerland in the canton Bern and would have easily access to the mountains around me and the snow dropped already down there. Sublime…

Contextual notes for part 4 (1): Looking Out

Before embarking on part 4 with the outdoor resp. ‘looking out’ elements I consider key aspects for me to keep in mind and to reflect on till next assignment. My tutor provided me some helpful suggestions to look out for. In the first part I am looking at the architectural elements in context with the relationship between the viewer, the artist, me and…

Project 2 – Conclusion on my portrait paintings

What technical demands did you encounter? => Mastering various media (e.g. oil sticks) was a challenge. Also I noticed that I am tending to work rather realistic and concerned about accuracy when working on larger scale and when spending more time at my easel. More distance to my easel and with less preparation work and less time typically allows me to…

Notes – Part 3: Figure and Portrait Painting

I am really looking forward to figure and portrait painting. During my first and previous OCA course ‘Drawing 1’ it was the figurative part where I found eventually a new confidence in my artistic approach. I developed an intimate relationship between media and surface in a constant interaction and engagement during the process of the making. I want to leverage this into my painting approach.…

Preparing supports for oil painting

Based on my tutor’s feedback and some further researches I decided to get some practice on preparing supports especially for oil painting. As this takes time I did those besides the exercises and in preparation of future exercises. Support chosen: paper (regular drawing paper, watercolour paper 300g/sqm and 640 g/sqm) canvas: mixed canvas, cotton, and linen Sizing: hide glue in…

Contextual painting: Rothko and stained glass

I got curious about the interplay of light and color, the visual effect color can do, and the ‘accidental’ color that light brings. Mark Rothko used quite opaque layers (to my understanding) and in the context of stained glass. One early example of light and color is the stained glass image of the Prophet Hosea in the Augsburg Cathedral (c. 1130):…

Starting off

I introduced myself to my tutor. At the beginning I was allocated to one tutor  out of mistake. I was not so happy with that one as I felt he was more into illustration, something that I want to avoid for myself. My tutor is Doris Rohr (her profile). I am glad about this choice, as I’ve seen that she worked…