Tag: painting

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Assignment 3: Rework of assignment piece for assessment portfolio

After submission of my assignment 3 piece to my tutor and discussing with her in our skype tutorial about the more successful piece coming out from my daily self-portraits project from week 9 ‘Portrait objects’, I decided to submit that work in a slightly adjusted presentation for assessment in July 2017. I abandoned thus the originally submitted assignment 3 piece completely.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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  …

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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…

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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…

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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: https://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…

Part 4 – Review painting and sketches

My reflection on part 4 ‘Looking Out‘ Which have been the most engaging exercises? => The most physical engaging exercise for me was Project 4 ‘outdoor painting exercise‘ and as a kind of continuation Project 5 Ex3 ‘Working from photograph (Cloud Sublime)’. The most mentally engaging exercise with surpisingly outcome was P5Ex2 ‘Squaring up (Memories)’. Besides those exercises I find my sketchbook explorations…

Project 5 – Exercise 3: Working from a photograph ‘Sublime cloud’

My reference photo:   Final Painting / Works: ‘Sublime Cloud #1’: Painting Acrylic and and found objects on primed canvas (37 x 63 cm)     Contextual research: For the painting I envision a rather atmospheric painting I can relate back to my site experience as well as using  my painted support on site with encapsulate found particles as the starting…

Project 5 – Exercise 2: Squaring up – ‘Memories’

The course material suggested to look at townscape or individual building that involve perspective. This method can be applied to drawing and photos.  I was looking through my collection of picture and found eventually a good image for this exercise. The squaring up method is to ensure accuracy of scale and proportions and to consider as a guide that should…

Project 5 – Exercise 1: Painting from a working drawing ‘Presence’

This exercise asks to follow a certain method in three steps: linear study with focus on main shapes tonal study with focus on values and tonal contrast color study with focus on color relationship, dominant colors and light effects. I understand that making those studies would have a couple of benefits (to be confirmed at the end): Isolation of different…

Project 3 – Exercise: Creating mood and atmosphere

Look at your early paintings and think how each subject could be handled differently to convey a more explicitly gloomy, moody atmosphere – or a different atmosphere altogether: Overall I do believe that my paintings from project 2 are rather expressive and evoking powerful and at times mysterious atmospheres. With my paintings from project 1, I am not that sure, especially…

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Project 2 – Exercise 1: Linear Perspective ‘InsideOut’

The course material mentions shifting perspectives and the focus on line. Using colour and tonal contrast as an additional visual element not necessarily relate to the objects and form. Colour to create “a sense of indeterminate space that is structured just by line”. Contextual research The rules of linear perspective as a mathematical based perspective around one central vanishing point from…

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Project 1 – Exercise 2: Hard or soft landscape – ‘The Rock’

For this exercise I will build on my sketchbook works that I keep as a daily routine for exploring my surrounding environment and for experimentation. I am taken a view from a window out of the residence building of the clinic in Meiringen (Bern) Switzerland. Meiringen, also know as the place of Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Final Problem‘ (Wikipedia). I will…

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Project 1 – Exercise 1:  View from a window or doorway

“Painting is like an open window on the world.” – Alberti (De pictura ,1435)  “A window becomes a frame for its variable content, a marker of difference between what is inside and outside” (Orell, 2003) Ideas for my view of the external world: I notice that I did kind of looking out paintings in part 3 – project 3 ‘A Figure in an…

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Assignment 3 – A Figurative Painting

This assignment will consolidate my learnings of portrait and self-portrait painting. Elements that need to come through: handling paint, interpreting my subject, exploration of possibilities in portrait painting, and consideration of background. Initial thoughts: After my last exercise and the concept of modern slavery and human trafficking in context of cultural history I found that I need to take a…

Project 3 – Exercise 2: Telling a Story – Keti Koti

This exercise asks for a painting that creates a simple narrative, involving one or several human figures, and produces a painting that gives the viewer the clearest possible idea of what’s happening. Use all of the resources of colour, tone, shape and line to create a painting that goes beyond the merely figurative to convey a simple narrative. Use of exaggerated form or distort…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #59: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 9 – ‘Portrait objects’

This week’s goal is to make each day 9 smaller paintings on one page capturing portrait partials and  other objects that are directly influencing my self perception.  By that I will paint a collecting of items that at the end present myself. I took some inspiration from Carole Schneemann‘s ‘Partial Portraits’, 1963 and the Cluster pictures by Juliette Blightman hanging on…

Project 3 – Exercise 1: A figure in an interior

In this exercise I will look at how to depict figures in an interior scene. As this subject can be very complex and challenging to paint I will try to simplify and to focus on key elements in my paintings. Final paintings Painting #1: Acrylic and oil on acrylic paper (40 x 30 cm) Painting #2: Acrylic on primed canvas (50 x 50 cm) Contextual…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #56: Gouache on paper (100x70cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 8 ‘The Eyes of the Skin’

Task for this week: Bodily engaging painting – body painting – painting with my body – another self-portrait “The Eyes of the Skin” (Juhani Pallasmaa) Traditionally vision was considered superior and alongside words the dominant aspects in art history and aesthetics. Other senses as touch and smell were since Aristoteles considered as inferior. Pallasmaa (2005) looked into those aspects in the context…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #48: Pastel on PastelMat (50x35cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 7

Plan for this week: Revision and reflection Form the previous weeks there are several aspects and approaches that I would like to follow further: Color to depict mood and atmosphere Luminosity through color and tonal contrast and layering Additive and subtractive painting, textured grounds Bodily interaction I think it would be beneficial to dedicate one week to one specific theme. Task…

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Project 2 – Exercise 4: Conveying a character

First I am looking up the word character to possibly understand some variations of it (http://www.merriam-webster.com/): character – the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves : someone’s personality – a set of qualities that are shared by many people in a group, country, etc. – a set of qualities that make a place or thing different from other places or…

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Daily Self-Portraits: Week 6

Plan for this week: Further exploration in context, different viewpoints, working in oil Learnings: Luminosity: using japanese paper with oil, absorbing oil (learning from part 1) and translucent to backlight Working in oil takes really more time – challenging for one painting a day. The last paintings were actually done in two days. Focusing on one focus area can make the overall…

Project 2 – Exercise 3: Creating mood and atmosphere

Idea: Atmosphere of mental health, sadness, isolation, melancholy based on my work experiences as an art therapist. Using myself as a mirror (and with a mirror) and as a carrier for the mood that I experienced while working with patients in a psychiatry clinic. General symptoms of depression are: fatigue, worthless, hopelessness, emotionless, dumb, emptiness, anxiety, insomnia, sadness or ‘feeling blue’. General a high…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #30: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 5

Plan for this week: in oil and acrylic, leverage my self portrait learnings, new poses Learnings: with a coloured ground, still wet scratching is another way to build shapes (reminds me at the scratch works at school time in oil pastels, black overpainting over coloured spots) Luminosity: based on strong tonal contrasts or by multiple transparent layers Concept: Mirror reflection…

Project 2 – Exercise 2: Head and Shoulder Portrait

Contextual: The last exercise brought me closer to using flesh colors and color pads application to depict believable forms. For this exercise I would like to look at a different approach that I studies partly already in my personal project ‘Daily Self-Portraits’: looser brushworks and bolder color use with at times thicker and thinner application. Overall to achieve a ‘lighter’ painting…

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Project 2 – Exercise 1: Self-Portrait

Since the beginning of this part ‘Portrait and Figure‘ I started with my personal project of one self-portrait a day (available on this blog at: https://ocapainting1.stefanschaffeld.com/?cat=64). Exploring  various media, viewpoints, angles and proportions of surrounding space. Experimenting with different painting approaches and expressions. Most of them are painted within one hour. Selection of first three weeks of daily self-portraits: in watercolor, ink,…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #17: acrylic on primed paper (39x27cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 3

Learnings: Working with palette knife enabled me to work more investigative with additive and subtractive marks With some inspirational references to other artists (#17-21) I was looking into other perspectives of painting. Plan for next week: Exploring planes and less drawing in paint. Inspirational sources: Elizabeth Peyton (#19-21), Jonathan Yeo (#17-18) newest on the top: #21: Gouache on paper (30 x 40 cm) =>…

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #10: ink and white gouache on paper (40x30cm)

Daily Self-Portraits: Week 2

This week I decided to follow just my intuition and to work in some other materials and with stronger emphasis on surface and additive and subtractive painting. I focused more on broken colors and limited palette. Learnings: With a more experimental approach like in my sketchbooks I got a loose approach. Experimenting with oil sticks was fun – challenging on…

Exhibition – Otto Mueller (1874 – 1930) in Emden, Germany

During my stay in Germany, I went to the exhibition of Otto Mueller (1874 – 1930), a german expressionist and member of the group ‘Die Bruecke‘ in Kunsthalle Emden (http://kunsthalle-emden.de/mueller/). The title of the exhibition was ‘Otto Mueller – natuerlich nackt (naturally naked)‘ Otto Mueller was an important artist of the German Expressionism. He joined 1910 the group ‘Die Bruecke‘ (The Bridge)‘ founded…

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Part Two – Assignment 2: ‘Interior Illumination’

Aim: To demonstrate my understanding of colour, tone, composition and the development of my technique in my chosen medium. I will build on my learnings so far in this course and consider viewpoint, perspectives, tonal values, contrast, relationships and mood/atmosphere. Finished Paintings ‘Interior Illumination‘: Painting 1: Oil on acrylic ground on canvas mix (60 x 80 cm) Painting 2: Oil…

Gallery Visit – Ian Davenport (b. 1966) in Zurich, Switzerland

Ian Davenport – Cadence (15th April – 28th May, 6th June – 16 July, 2016) at Gallery AndresThalmann (http://www.andresthalmann.com/CMS/en-GB/Exhibitions/Ian%20Davenport%20-%20Cadence.aspx?Sel=8) Already in the context of my personal project as started during part 5 of Drawing 1 course unit, I was fascinated by the work of Ian Davenport and his ‘color obsession’ and puddle paintings of parallel color stripes in multiple variations.…

Exhibition – Paul Signac (1863 – 1935) in Lausanne, Switzerland

Exhibition about Paul Signac ‘Une vie que fil de l’eau (A life as a son of water)’ in La Foundation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne from 29 Jan – 22 May 2016. (click here  – accessed 18 May 2016) The intention of the museum was to show with almost 140 oil paintings, watercolours and drawings the prolific career of Signac as a neo-impressionist artist…

Project 2: Linear qualities in painting – Contextual research

In preparation for this exercise I was curious to see what else I can learn form drawing with paint and linear qualities. How artists using this in different approaches and if I can build on one or the other for my own work. Contextual research: This exercise is searching for drawing, line markings in a painting. At first the bold…

Exhibition – Jean Dubuffet (1901 – 1985) Metamorphoses of Landscape in Basel, Switzerland

Exhibition ‘Jean Dubuffet – Metamorphoses of Landscape’  in Foundation Beveler, Basel (Switzerland) from 31 Jan – 08 May 2016 (click here – accessed 08 May 2016). Flyer click here. [accessed 08 May 2016]. Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) is one of the artists who re-defined art of the second half of the 20th century. After years of running a wholesale wine business in…

Exhibition – David Hominal (b. 1976) in Vevey, Switzerland

Retrospective exhibition ‘David Hominal‘ in Musée Jenisch, Vevey (Switzerland) from 03 Mar – 15 May 2016.  Click here – accessed 09 May 2016). Flyer click here. David Hominal is a swiss artist from Evian, France, studied art in Lausanne, and currently with residence on Berlin is constantly searching through painting for the ‘tension of the world‘ (Menour, 2013). In his multifaceted work…

Exhibition – Philippe Saxer (1965 – 2013) in Bern, Switzerland

The exhibition took place in the Psychiatry Museum Waldau, Bern (5. Juni 2015 – 1. April 2016). The museum is located on a campus together with the the clinic and some workshops. Available from:  https://www.puk.unibe.ch/cu/museum/museumra.html [accessed 16 March 2016] I went to this exhibition out of several reasons: my interest in art therapy (my other work area), my interest in crossing…

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):…

Gallery visit – About Painting Part I & II – Bern, Switzerland

I discovered that two galleries in Bern, Switzerland had this month an exhibition called ‘About Painting‘: Galerie Kornfeld and Galerie Bischoff & Partner (see references). I thought that this would be great opportunity to open up my mind on painting and to see what could be explored as a painting (compared to a drawing). I hoped to discover new perspectives for…