Sunday, April 29, 2007
I'm working on the micro macro painting now, and a lot of it is working out, but I'm still have a few problems. This weekend I went and got another pink, I think it really helps the painting. It almost looks like a candy pink. I'm trying to think of what I want to do for my next and final painting, but I'm still not sure. I know I want it to be something with landscapes, because that's what I like to paint, but not sure what specifically. Hopefully it will come together more this week.
Posted by Leah Van Rees at 10:02 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Today was such a beautiful day, a great day to paint outside. I'm working on my micro macro painting, and trying to get the cells to look like a landscape. I haven't been able to plan it out, I figure that as I paint more it will come together. I'm trying to use bright colors that are close to being fake, but sometimes you can see them in nature. Today I also went on a small raft down white clay creek and it was so beautiful. It makes me want to take some water colors on the way down for some very small on site paintings. It is a different view point being on the water, and one that I haven't painted from before.
Posted by Leah Van Rees at 9:21 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I went to Amy Wilson's talk on Thursday and really enjoyed it. I thought that she was a really interesting person and I loved the way she talked about her work. All of the stories were really great and made her work more approachable and understandable for me. It was much easier to relate to her work after she talked about what she was going through personally at the time. Her experiences were definitely reflected in her work. I thought that her lecture was the best artist lecture I've been to. I also liked the contrast in her work, the bright and fun water colors and the dark more rigid text.She seemed like a really kind and interesting person, and I would love to see her work in person.
Posted by Leah Van Rees at 8:30 PM
Sunday, April 8, 2007
I'm working on my narrative and anti-narrative painting now, and trying to use glazes as well as thicker paint to play off of each other. I'm experimenting with both of them trying to get the look I want. I'm also working with lighting, and the way light can be expressed in a painting really interests me. While I was home last weekend, I went to a small gallery and I saw a show that really interested me. This painter worked with light, and the way he expressed it was really amazing. He painted mostly landscapes, and worked with how the light reflected off of different parts of a landscape, and how light shows through, for example trees in a forest. The way he captured this lighting really caught me attention and has made me interested in this type of lighting. The lighting was really beautiful in all of his paintings. I'm really glad I was able to see his show, now I want to look for other artist with similar ideas about lighting, and see how they created it in their paintings.
Posted by Leah Van Rees at 8:46 PM
Sunday, April 1, 2007
A narrative is a story and a narrative painting to me is a painting that tells a story. In many of the narrative paintings that I've been looking at, there are multiple things that support the narrative. As I look around the composition of the painting each thing makes sense, and re-emphasizes the story of the painting. When I first thought about the idea of a narrative painting I thought about the old religious paintings that told religious stories and made the stories of the bible visual. It is like one moment captured in time, or a picture. After thinking about religious paintings I thought about comics, and having one frame after the other giving a sequence of events, which also tells a story. I think that there are many ways to tell a story in a painting, and even on an unconscious level I think that viewers make up their own stories for paintings that weren't even meant to be stories, but since they are possibly a record of a moment in time viewers create in their mind what happened before and after the painting, creating a story for themselves. I think that if the painter wants to make a specific story more obvious it is helpful to have many things in the painting that all lead the viewer to a final story. I was also wondering what it would look like to make a painting that was almost like a collage of comic frames, but seamlessly putting them together into a composition. An anti-narrative is hard for me to define, I know it would be opposite of a story, but I think that almost all paintings have a narrative whether the artist wants it to or not, because the viewer creates the story, not the artist. This makes me think that maybe an artist tries to create an anti-narrative, but maybe it's not possible because of the viewer making up their own story. I'm still not completely sure about it.
Posted by Leah Van Rees at 8:53 PM