Btec National Diploma Art + Design
FINAL CRITICAL EVALUATION
In my final major project painting was my chosen specialised field. I chose to look at sublime, peaceful landscapes. I looked at specialist techniques such as impasto, which was difficult for me to use and experience, however it will be something that I hope to work on in the future as for this project I want to keep a traditional, natural look in the final outcome. I used pallet knives to create a impasto look and also I produced development ideas using cardboard. Using different tools was challenging but fun and these experiments gave me ideas about working with contrast in colour, as the tools were contrasting with the paint and material. I wanted to experiment with the paint itself also therefore I first wanted to expose a sketch, thumbnail, to the rain to see the effect it had on the final outcome. I gave the paint time to dry before the rain soaked the paper to let the paint leave some kind of imprint. The end result was interesting, however again the work produced doesn’t reach my aim for the look of the final outcome. I wanted to develop further with the paint so I mixed gloss into my paint with a 1:1 ratio. There wasn’t enough change in the look of the paint to make the gloss noticeable so I then made the ratio 3:1. The gloss became more obvious but it also weakened the vivid colour of the paint, therefore was an unsuccessful material to use. I then decided to use bold, contrasting colours on layers of canvases for my final painting.
In relation to my statement of intent my final outcome changed in the way of how I was originally going to build up the 3D effect. I originally thought about building up canvases to create the effect but they were too large and didn’t look soft enough for a sublime looking piece of work. I then used canvas boards which were much thinner than the previous bases, yet another problem occurred as they were too flat to create any kind of depth in the base. To reach a balanced approach I elevated the far left and far right of the canvases to create a dip in the middle of the layers. I think my major strength in my final exhibition is that I created a sublime like piece of work that has a contrasting sky and and lake which draws your attention. However the result of the 3D effect was difficult to produce as I used 7 canvases and 5 pieces of wood to build up the elevation. The canvases were so thin that there wasn’t that much area I could put the glue to hold them together, hence the finishing result isn’t to a high standard and I feel that I could have done better in that concept if I knew it was going to me so difficult to accomplish well.
Final Outcome Exhibition:
I did research on many artists in this field such as John Martin and Thomas Cole. Many pieces of their work inspired my developments such as ‘The Plains Of Heaven’ by Martin and ‘The Course Of The Empire’ by Cole. Many artists, including Cole and Martin, from the late 18th Century to the early 19th Century undergone social and cultural changes. This was due to the Industrial Revolution and I looked in to how this made the art world and society change there views. Romantic artists that I included in my research were effected mostly by this situation of industrial work causing art hostility. These artists that strived during the revolution influenced many to focus on nature and capture it while they still can and to this day many artists still think that way, and want to express nature in their work as much as they can, that’s why I would like to keep the classic naturalistic method of painting in my developments.
My final piece of work is aimed a any kind of audience that can appreciate sublime landscape art and this can range from you to old ages. I wanted to create a 3D to catch the viewers attention more as a simple painting isn’t as eye-catching as emphasized canvases. The canvases that were to elevated making a dip in the middle of the base was an idea to make the viewer more drawn to the middle of the canvas at first glance, then continue to look at the surroundings elsewhere. Like my researched artists I created more room for a sky on the canvas, giving the look and feel of depth in the image. Also I used contrasting colours like Cole and Bierstadt to make the image more dream like. Finally, having detail at the front of the painting makes the image seem closer, makes the viewer look closer into the painting itself which I have done with many artists work.
I have placed my exhibition in the very centre of my allocated space and have place it quite high up so the bottom of the canvas is more eye-level to the viewer. If I had more time I would measure and resize the canvases and wood so they fit together perfectly like a jigsaw. This would have gave the result more of a high standard finish. The process of experiments with techniques such as impasto has really influenced me to try it again and research it more as I have never looked into this area of art practice before.
I am planning to continue with art and study at Foundation level. I have learned that experimenting with difficult materials and techniques can be interesting and not to just keep doing the same methods because your comfortable in that area. I hope to learn more techniques and work with more materials in the future and challenge my abilities.