Finding the beauty in the ordinary
With Natural Forms done and dusted, I moved onto a new project entitled 'Pattern and Texture'. As self-explanatory as the title seems, it's also incredibly broad, so generally I looked at the pattern and texture within our everyday lives, for both decorative or practical purposes.
It was through this sketchbook that I discovered I really enjoy the subject of cities and modern architecture, hence why some of my more recent work has been strongly influenced by urban settings. Probably the double-page spread I'm most proud of in the entire book is this one featuring architectural mouldings and cornices. Although the detail within them was painstakingly difficult to capture, it was nonetheless interesting to identify all the shapes and tones in these sculpted masterpieces.
I went on a mission to find examples of pattern and texture in my local area, with most of them being in fencing and gates in front of houses. I then edited them in rather extreme and gaudy ways to bring out all the different features in the images. Here in this painting you can see I've played with the saturation and contrast in the photograph to make all the elements of pattern and texture stand out - shadows, rust and all.
The V&A collections are always a goldmine for interesting and intricate pieces spanning decades or even centuries of British history. There I looked at Art Nouveau pioneer Charles Rennie Mackintosh whose work (or moustache, for that matter) you'd be hard pressed not to recognise; I wandered around the ironwork floor, as well as admiring the sheer brilliance of all the precious stones in the jewellery exhibition.
Beatriz Milhazes' colourful collages were not to go amiss in this sketchbook; her tendency towards concentric circles and geometric shapes juxtaposed with vivid colours always makes for a really fun and bold piece of art, inspired by her Brazilian roots.
I hope you liked this brief look into my second formal project - a post all about the resultant final piece to follow shortly! Have a wonderful week everyone.