Week 3 on 'ways into abstract painting' and we were looking at random systems. Jackson Pollock was the obvious example but also other abstract expressionists . Also favourites like the 'Cage paintings by Gerhard Richter ( which I look forward to revisiting this Thursday when we have a visit to Tate Modern
Our 'random systems' were rather more prosaic: throwing a dice for type of mark / paint application method ( eg drip, squeegee, dry brush , finger etc); drawing a card for position on paper ( eg bottom right, allover) and spinning a bottle for colour!
Some very interesting effects ,some due to paint not fully dry such as black squeegeed paint over yellow drips in the first painting at the top.
In my second go, I used some techniques and colours I hadn't used before so semi-random, but found it more difficult and less successful making decisions for myself!
Kurt Schwitters (incorporating text in collage)
The example used for painting a memory was the 'portraits' of Howard Hodgkin like the one above of David Hockney.
I'd brought the poem 'Breaths ' by sweet honey in the rocks which I'd used for my Cynefin piece 'Voice of the Waters' and memories of a particular place' Thorn's Gill'