For the review week, we had to enlarge one of our A6 paintings into an A4. I decided to enlarge my fire painting. We converted the A6 painting into an A4 and used tracing paper to get the basic outline then used paints to recreate the the same in A4.
We brought all our work to class for the review, each of us displayed our work on the table. We had to print out an artist statement for our final painting. My artist statement:
DANCING FLAME- My final artwork depicts fire, it represents a dancing flame that moves with the wind and has no boundary. As the flame grows you can see the intensity of the fire increase which is depicted with lighter and darker shades of colour.
Once we were done with the review, we started putting all our pixel work together on the floor; we colour coordinated the pixel paintings and once we were done it looked like a huge pixel work.
For this week, we were asked to make a 10 by 10inch pixel painting. We had to depict a period of time we experienced, could be an hour or even a day; the pixel composition had to have our experience through the five senses.
For this composition, I went to the terrace for an hour; the composition moves diagonally. It starts with black because I was in a bad mood initially but as soon as I entered the terrace I felt the breeze and that calmed me down, the different shades of blues depict the breeze. The random blacks shows my fluctuating mood. In the middle of the experience I ate a chocolate and so the shades of brown. The bright yellow square was when I was very happy and then towards the end the greys and the white shows my calm and relaxed mood.
After discussing our pixel work with the class, we had to make five compositions of the different elements. The idea was to think of what each element means to us and then deconstruct that mental image and make abstract paintings.
The upper dark blue triangle depicts a wave and the lighter blue shows the rest of the ocean. The white wavy line shows the water line and the lower triangles show the reflection on the water.
The lower half of the composition has two shades of brown to represent the soil and roots and the lines meet at the center of the page and from there it branches into shades of green to show the flora and life beginning from land.
It represents a dancing flame that moves with the wind and has no boundary. As the flame grows you can see the intensity of the fire increase which is depicted with lighter and darker shades of colour.
I’ve shown space as a vortex moving towards the middle of the page. There are alternative black and purple shapes fading into lighter colours to depict my understanding of space.
For the week 5 review, we were asked to enlarge one of our paintings to an A4 and bring an artist statement for that composition.
Todays session was all about colour interaction, each of us had to use the primary colours; blue, yellow and read along with black and white to create various swatches of 5 by 5inch and 2 by 2inch. Colour interaction is the interaction between two colours.
So we started mixing the paints together to make different hues of colours and started making swatches. Once we were done, we cut them out into the appropriate sizes and all of us placed our swatches on the table and started talking about the interaction of colour. When two colours have the same saturation, both colours will bring out another common colour but when two colours have different saturations, one colour bring out another but the colour colour sort of fades into the other.
We then spoke about how everything around us is based on colour, even the clothes worn in certain states has a reason behind its colour. In Kerala the surroundings are very colourful and the soil is fertile and so the people wear white colour clothes so they stand out, where as in Rajasthan the land is very dry and there is not much scenery and hence people prefer wearing bright colours so they stand out.
The session started with a reintroduction to the course “Time”, few of us gave a brief of what happened the previous class. After that, it was time to get our hands dirty, we got poster paints and A5 sheets to class.
Each of us were asked to make paintings of the 5 elements of nature and the 5 senses. We had to let our mind loosen up and let creativity take over. There were no restrictions, we had the freedom to make as many abstract paintings as we wanted; the paintings had to be abstract and not that literal. The whole point of the exercise was to take away our fear of paints and get confident with the paint brush.
So we just dipped our brushes in the paint and started painting, as we got the hang of it, ideas started streaming in and we got a lot more comfortable with the paint. I explored various ways of painting, blending the colours together, splashing it on the canvas and using the brush and bits of paper to create textures.
Once we were done exploring with the paints, each of us had to pick one of our favourite paintings and display it on the table. The boring white table was filled with everyones colourful paintings, we all gathered around the table to discuss and critique others work. We spoke about a few paintings, some were very fluid and you could see the person wasn’t rigid while painting it but others were structured, like the person was conscious about the white space while painting.
It was interesting to see how everyone perceived the five senses and elements in a different way, it helped broaden my imagination. Exploring with poster paints gave we confidence with the brush and I started enjoying the activity. Though each persons art looked meaningless to the other, there was so much meaning to why it was that way.
What is time? How does one measure time? Do you feel time? Is time different for each person? How do things change with time? The session started with these questions; it got us thinking, something as simple as time can be so difficult to put into words. We started brainstorming for the question, “how do you measure time?” I wrote down keywords from everyones answers, it was interesting to see how many keywords we came up with as a class.
Everyone had different answers for these questions, after an hour of discussing about these topics we had a better idea of the subject. We were briefed that the subject is divided into three parts; colour, photography and multimedia.
The next two hours of class involved writing, sketching and creative thinking. Each of us had to write about the, “significance of design in our lives.” There was no limitation, we had the freedom to write as much as we want.
Time is relative:
TIME- Something that runs past so fast but there are days when time can feel slow, days when you feel like you’re just stuck in time, days when every second feels like minutes and every minute feels like hours. Each second feels slower than the previous, second by second, minute by minute and hour by hour you power through those dark days. When I went to Penang, Malaysia with my family, we went on a tram ride up a mountain. It was nearing sunset and the sky was painted in yellow and orange. It was getting late, so we decided to go down the mountain but unfortunately the trams weren’t working and we were stuck on the mountain for 24 hours. There was panic everywhere, no one knew when the trams would get fixed. Those 24 hours on that chilly mountain felt endless; that day I saw the colours of the sky change so quickly, from sunset to sunrise, beautiful colours consumed the sky but to me the whole world seemed to be running slow. Time is relative, there are days when it feels fast and days when it feels slow.
Then we moved onto discussing about colour. The colour wheel is something fascinating, how three primary colours combine with three secondary colours to give rise to a new colour. There is something about the mixing of two or more colours that gives me joy, with paints and a brush you have the ability to create new colours. No colour gives me fear, every colour that exists in this world is there for a reason, every colour has a purpose.
Later, each of us had to make abstract illustrations of the 5 senses and the 4 elements of nature. First I made rough sketches and once I had a clear idea, I started making my final illustrations.