Week 5 of Contemporary Painting Studio started with a structured peer review session looking at each others work : project development and experimentation processes; paint application methods.
I was paired up with someone with a very different style to mine ( process driven, painting in oils, responding to the surface , diving straight in without a great deal of preliminary planning). Quite a contrast to my 4 weeks of developing ideas - she couldn't comment on my painting methods as I hadn't really done any!
I'd already written on my review sheet ' halfway through, get painting!!' so I did.
I started by having a go at the techniques that Amanda had demonstrated the previous week : priming a sheet of paper with diluted PVA and layering glazes of transparent paint mixed with various acrylic media. I brought my own Winsor and Newton professional paints in as they were truly transparent and some unopened Golden mediums I got in a set years ago. I began quite systematically but then when some accidents started to happen ( dribbles and bubbles - perhaps due to a brush not being properly washed?) I got a bit carried away seeing how far I could push the layering. I confess I got a bit giddy using colour after so many weeks of monochromes and neutrals.
After lunch I returned to working with a more sombre palette, mixing greys to match the colours in the collages I'd chosen to work with ( without using black).
In this case I'd printed a copy of the collage onto t shirt transfer paper and ironed it onto some primed canvas and worked outwards trying to replicate the marks.
Still a work in progress, trying hard to work slowly to retain the freshness of the collage.
I can see I've already overdone it but have made some copies I'm trying different things with to see if I can rectify it.
I discussed with Lucinda some of the outcomes from my mentoring session with Christine that were relevant to painting particularly use of collage, moving into abstraction and scaling up. The painting above is only A3 and I've currently only worked up to A2 in size.
Lucinda suggested I build up to at least 1m ( they have paper on a roll) , taking advantage of the large screen easel I have.
Our 'tea break' in the afternoon consisted of Prosecco and cake ( it was several peoples birthdays) and looking at our preliminary work hung in the corridor of floor 3 (it's on for another week)
I finished off making up another sheet of collaged newspapers as backgrounds for the following week - A1 this time!