Category: Research & Reflection

Notes: Reflection of drawing practice through video-audio recording (M Croft)

I used video-audio recording as a supporting media in reflection and documentation I came across an article of Michael Croft (2016) in the new Drawing journal ‘Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice’. He investigates video-audio recording from a phenomenological approach, using transcripts for reflection and identifies those as part of an embodied articulation. I find beyond recording as an analytical and reflective medium the…

Visual research (3) – Process, Surface, and Environment

My tutor suggested some contemporary artists for further contextualisation in the area of process, surface, environment. I have to say I find it at times difficult to research the right artists for my subjects. I will look at possible take aways for my personal project. Exploration of Process Ian Davenport (b.1966) Webpage: http://www.iandavenportstudio.com/artworks/ and video about making of ‘Colourfall‘, 2014 at: https://vimeo.com/97707102 [accessed…

Exhibition ‘Prière de Toucher’ (Please touch) – Basel, Switzerland

This exhibition is dedicated to the tactile sensation in art. In the context of my personal project I was looking forward to getting possibly new insights on how to visualise the tactile sensation into a piece of art. Venue is the Tinguely museum in Basel (12 February – 16 May 2016). The museum is the home museum of Jean Tinguely…

Gallery visit: Rolf Iseli – Bern, Switzerland

As part of my ‘getting to know paint’ for my new OCA course (PoP1), I went to the local Galerie Kornfeld in Bern (January 16 – February 20, 2016). The exhibition was called ‘About Painting‘. The main scope of the gallery is auctioning substantial swiss and international art. They also do exhibitions and publishing art books (at quite high prices though).…

Assignment 5: Self evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and visual skills: I worked mainly in dry media and new techiques of collage and dé-collage. I became during my project more aware of visual perception and bodily experience of drawing. Through deeper investigation of my mark making I studies various aspect of ambiguous and simplified marks. With translucent…

Part 5: Visual research (2) – Context of my subject

For my personal project I will refer especially to the following mostly contemporary artists and concepts. For reference see also my Visual Research (1) – Schaffeld 10 Nov 2015, see post. Emma Stibbon (b. 1962) ‘Hverir’, 2012 and other works. [Online image] Available from:   https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/artist/emma-stibbon-ra [accessed 12 Oct2015] Claude Heath (b.1964) => for his gestural drawings Tatiana Trouve (b.1968) => for her drawings that explore…

Part 5: Notes – Re-thinking subject and approach

From my sketchbook studies, researches, and experience on site and re-called sensations, I am thinking how to  define closer my subject and drawing approach. I know that I have to focus and come to the point.  I am optimistic that at the end all comes together. However, I have to watch the timeframe for this course. I am collection here some notes. My…

Part 5: Written statement – second attempt V2 – plan for action

Second attempt (18 Dec 2015) (around 500 words) Questions to answer: – Why you chose it, which artists, materials, methods, themes, etc., interest my and why? – Working through this final drawing project, reflect on what you’ve done before and what you’re doing now- – Critically assess your own work and complete a piece of writing. – Showing my ability…

Exhibition “Ich/Nicht-Ich (Me/Not Me) – Self-Portraits” – Kunsthaus Zurich

Exhibition “Ich / Nicht Ich (Me / Not Me) – Self portraits in art history in Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (27 Nov 2015 – 28 Feb 2016) http://www.kunsthaus.ch/en/exhibitions/current/picture-ballot/   A kind of follow-up visit on previous researches for part 4 (Schaffeld, 5 Jul 2015).  The works on show were from the collection of the Kunsthaus. This exhibition was a bit hidden behind the…

Exhibition Silvia Gertsch (b. 1963) & Xerxes Ach (b.1957) – Kunstmuseum Bern

Exhibition “Embracing Sensation” , Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (23.10.2015 – 21.02.2016). http://www.kunstmuseumbern.ch/en/see/today/494-silvia-gertsch-xerxes-ach-120.html  I went to this exhibition attracted by the subject “Embracing Sensation”. The swiss Silvia Gertsch and the swiss Xerxes Ach are an artist couple since 1992. Both have quite different painting styles and approaches. Gertsch paints realistically in oil – a reverse glass painting technique. Reverse painting means the image…

Part 5: Contextual research – Ambiguity in art literature

From my mind map I was excited to look into ambiguity in drawing, what and how it is and how it could help e in my drawing approach. Definition of Ambiguity: Lack of definition , lack of resolution (Sawdon ed al, 2015) Dalmau, M. (2003) ‘Ambiguity as a conceptual framework for Design‘ Based on the publication of Gaver, Beaver, Benford…

Part 5: Visual research (1) – An overview

Link to the entire document incl visuals: D1: My personal project – Visual research – an overview Looking at my own works, recent assignments, and my mind map, I decided to do a broader visual research on various aspects. So far I decided to look deeper into the following aspects as they appeared to be my stronger and engaging topics, but…

Part 5: Written statement – first attempt V1

Combining figurative art and outdoor elements as an investigation and exploration of spaces, forms, and atmospheres. By using abstract and expressive marks I am looking for creation of a sense of movement and volatility. By restricting myself primary to dry media and powders I will push the limits of what drawing can mean in a strong physical approach. The drawing…

Part 5: Initial ideas to myself – preparation personal project

Looking at: Expressiveness, figure drawing, visual and bodily awareness, ambiguity. Make a mind map. Set my starting point. Figure drawing: an attitude towards expression (Buchman, 2010) Considering my own mental and emotional state before, during and after drawing process My visual awareness: Seeing My bodily awareness: Feeling and moving Music: the qualities of lines, shapes, colors, and relationships (melodic, rhythmic, harmonic)…

Part 5: Self assessment of previous parts

To do: Reviewing assignments and my own reflections Assignment 1 – reflection Assignment 2 – reflection – rework Assignment 3 – reflection Assignment 4 a), b), and c)  – reflection Part One +  Sketchbook, learning log, experimental approach – Reflection on sketchbook studies, engagement with media and surface, observational skills Part Two + Sketchbook, confidence in being experimental, learning log, contextual research – Scaling up, exploring surface an texture, use of color, medium,…

Notes for my personal project part 5 – talk with my tutor

After receiving the feedback from my tutor on assignment 4, we scheduled a Skype call to discuss open questions and possible approaches for my personal project. It lasted around 40 min. It was greatly beneficial to see my tutor and he showed me even some ideas and techniques. Conclusions: My emotional attraction is going at this moment towards: – Figurative drawing,…

Reflection on assignment 4 – tutor feedback

Happiness 🙂 My engagement and enthusiasm during part 4 was recognised as well as my different and more confident drawing approach. I showed a ‘good understanding of material, support, proportions and tone to convey form and space’. My earlier challenges with the chosen support were overcome. Overall my tutor acknowledges that I have the potential to succeed the assessment. I’ve sent…

Part 4 – Assignment 4 – Self evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and visual skills: Based on received tutor’s feedback I previous assignment I revisited my usage of media and my drawing approach. I limited myself to rather dry media (charcoal, Conté crayon, graphite) and used wet media (ink, paint, watercolor) rather to create distinct atmosphere or to prepare drawing surfaces. To…

Project Six – Reasearch point: Self Portraits

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 – 1669) Rembrandt did some quite some self portraits over the his artist life, starting at age 23 to his oldest as age 63. All of them are nearly the same angle. The earlier one still in his painting style of light and shadow with a single light source. One can really follow hie life, the turbulences. However it could be critical to interpret too much into…

Visual research: Michael Borremans (b.1963) – usage of limited colour palette

Another contempory artist my tutor suggested me to look at is the Belgium artist and film maker Michaël Borremans (b.1963) as he is using quite a limited colour palette. As observed during my last assignment I tended to use too much pure and bright colours. I experienced that drawings with a reduced number of colours do not restrict me in my approach or markings.…

Visual research: Frank Auerbach (b.1931) – a physical approach in charcoal & Exhibition

Frank Auerbach (b. 1931) is a London based contemporary figurative artist. Besides Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, and a few others he is considered as one of the London school painters. However, Auerbach himself never considered himself as part of a style or movement. For his figurative works, mostly portraits, he works at times over decades with the same models/sitters who were…

Visual research: Emma Stibbon (b.1962) – monochromatic work

My tutor suggested to me to look at some works of  Emma Stibbon (British b.1962) for her stark monochromatic works. Stibbon worked in the past intensively with white chalk on with ink blackened paper. Also she experimented with graphite and gesso, with watercolour and partly even with pigment. Later she worked more and more in pure ink on paper. She works with reference…

Project Two – Research point: Foreshortening

Foreshortening = ‘The correct depiction in perspective of a single figure or object or part thereof in relation to its distance from the eye of the viewer. Foreshortening has been discussed in treatises and taught in art schools since the Renaissance.‘ Oxford Art Online [Accessed 26 July 2015] Me in the mirror (different media): I tried several poses to get…

Visual Research: Peter Peri (b.1971) – control in graphite

My tutor suggested me to look at the drawings of Peter Peri for his crisps control of working with pencil. Peri is a London based artist (draughtsman, painter and sculptor) who works quite controlled in graphite on smaller scale. Peri takes reference to the constructivism and modern formalism. Some of his drawings remind to M.C. Escher and to some of Paul Klee.…

Exhibitions: The figure – Max Gubler (1898 – 1973)

Max Gubler (1898-1973), swiss painter and at his time considered as the ‘only swiss genius’. Exhibition in Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (13 Mar 2015 – 02 Aug 2015) http://www.kunstmuseumbern.ch/en/see/today/491-max-gubler–120.html  What fascinated me most in the exhibition and the figurative paintings, mostly self-portraits and depicting of his wife, are his way of looking at the human figure, his mark makings, and his…

Project 1 – Research point: John Berger – Ways of Seeing / The naked figure

In the reading list of this course was mentioned the book from John Berger, that was based on a four-part TV series broadcasted on BBC on the same topic. The book is from 1972, but I think some aspects are still valid today some may be even more important nowadays with images free flowing through social networks. Berger is mainly…

Reflection on feedback assignment 3

My sketchbooks are continue to be my strength where I am ‘constantly engaged in each of the exercises and projects by first turning to this space, which is allowing you to interrogate your ideas and making this space your own; logging developments for a piece of work, playing with compositions, testing approaches and fusing materials, annotating and contextualizing your works’,…

Part Three – Assignment 3 – Self evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and visual skills: Although I had an initial thought about my preferred medium (gouache and charcoal) I did further testing and found ink a better medium for my composition and the atmosphere of the location. I was able to get quite confident with my ink and brush technique. I watched…

Visual Research: Richard Diebenkorn (1922 – 1993) – tone and control

My tutor suggested me to look into the drawings of Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) and his use of tone and control. I included him already in my research on townscapes. In this research I will look more into his ink and watercolour drawings of day to day things and more figurative works. I am quite eager to learn more about more expressive…

Visual Research: Kate Downie (b.1958) – working on location

My tutor suggested me to look deeper at the works and her working approach of Kate Downie (b.1958). She is a U.S. born Scottish Artist who works in and with landscape, working on location with ink and charcoal. She is a member of the RSA (Royal Scottish Academy). Kate Downie did some journeys through China in 2011 and 2013 where…

Project Three – Research Point: Viewpoints

For this research I did not know first how to tackle it. I searched through some books form the reading list, searched online and actually got some references during my last museum visit. At the end I choose three examples (one from the course material). I felt attracted by the works of Amy O’Neill and Alain Huck and I was wondering…

Project Three – Composition: Reflection

• How did you simplify and select? Were you able to focus on simple shapes and patterns amid all the visual information available to you? – Using hatching technique for more complex structures such as trees – Mapping out main tonal areas and light/shadow contrasts from observation and building up the object from there. Especially for the trees helped this approach. – Application of finer marks,…

Project Three – Notes on composition

Most classical composition rules: – The Golden Ratio (1:1.618..) – a guide that is supposed to bring aesthetic beauty (examples: Da Vinci’s “The Annuciation”): I’ve found a nice and interesting contemporary approach by graphic designers on the Golden Ratio: Belos, Alex (2014) ‘Golden Meaning: graphic artists depict the golden ratio‘ The Guardian 25 Feb 2014. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/gallery/2014/feb/25/golden-meaning-graphic-artists-golden-ratio-pictures (Accessed 2 May 2015). One example: The…

Project Two – Research point: landscape in serie

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) ‘Haystacks’ or ‘Wheatstacks’ 1888-1891 in Giverny. The serie is taking the same scene and object to reflect the different light and weather conditions over the time of a day and over different seasons. At his time it was very new and modern to put such a simple object as a haystack as the point of…

Project Two – Research point: Vija Celmins (b.1938)

Vija Celmins is an Latvian-american artist who is devoted to drawing, painting and printmaking. She bases her works significantly on photographs, studying in detail the underlying patterns of the image. Especially her graphic drawing of the galaxy, the desert and the ocean show her intimate approach to texture and patterns. In her earlier work ‘Night Forms‘ in monochrome with bold contrast…

Project Two – Research point: Landscape

Landscape means mainly the depiction of a natural scenery. The depiction of a landscape in art goes back to the hellenistic period around 300 B.C. But only later it became a more selfstanding type of art. Especially the landscape painting from the early flemish masters of the 15th century. One example if the work of Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) of…

Part Two – Assignment 2 – Rework

This is my reworked assignment piece from part two —— My assignment 2 piece did not impress so much. After reflecting more on my drawing and considering my tutor’s feedback, there were the following issues with it: – Composition and context: distorted relationship and perspective of the main sheep, not convincing visual depth – Color: not clear why I used certain…

Part two – Assignment 2: Self Evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills I applied my learnings from the previous exercises for this assignment. Especially the usage of line and tone, color washes, ‘negative’ drawing with frisket pen, collage technique with transfer paper etc. Going through several steps of observation from life animals and their environment, I used my sketches…

Project Six – Research point: Domestic interiors

Interior art works are going far back in the past, some famous fresco works from Giotto with interior views alongside the portraiture, mostly in the context of religion and the church interior. Pieter de Hooch painted in the so called ‘Gouden Eeuw’ in the 17th century in the Netherlands the intimate domestic interiors of its wealthy inhabitants. Recently I read…

Project Five – Visual research and sketchbook studies: Animals

From the previous visual research I took some learnings and experimented in my sketchbook. As the project is about animals I took some animal poses from my sketchbook that I took in the context of exercise 1. In reference to Garrett Phelan on his usage of line drawing together with marker pen. And a combined approach with colored areas in…

Project Five – Research Point: Pets and other animals

1. Contant Nieuwenhujis (1920 – 2005) Constant, not really a contemporary artist, is mostly known as one of the member of the avant-garde group COBRA where artists from Denmark, Belgium and Netherlands came together in the years 1948-1951 to work together on the theme of spontaneity and experimentation, with some inspiration coming from children drawings. Still today there are related activities going…

Visual research: Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) – creation of depth and form

My tutor suggested me to look into the work of Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966) for his way of using ink and paint to create form and depth. Giacometti is well know for his thin figure sculptures. But he also established a wide range of drawings and paintings. A very good source for his work is the Fondation Giacometti. Giacometti’s talent…

Project Four – Exercise 1 & 2 – Review of my work

What aspects of each drawing were successful, and what did you have problems with? I feel I was successful with finding appealing compositions and experimenting with textures and patterns. Also i think I was more successful when I applied broader and free strokes. Trying to be accurate led me sometimes towards an overworked and messy drawing with unpleasant results. More difficult…

Visual research: Robbie Bushe (b.1964) – narrative in ink

A further suggestion from my tutor was to look into the narrative work of Robbie Bushe and his usage of ink and pen. Robbie Bushe, a figurative artist from Scotland and currently working as a lecturer at the University of Edinburg, showed in his childhood great interest in cartoons and comics. He has a degree in graphics as well as…

Project Three – Review of my work

Reflection: Which drawing media did you find most effective to use for which effects? – Maker pens are good for bright, quick and dense colors. Also for quick color studies, broad strokes. and shading. They are fast drying, but not so easy to blend or mix (Copic markers). Highlights need to be considered form the very beginning (blank areas). – Colored…

Visual research: John Virtue (b.1947)

From the feedback I received on my assignment one my tutor suggested to look more into the work of John Virtue for his use of materials, tone and scale. He is an English artist specialized in monochrome landscapes. He is doing now very large scale works with views on London or the seacoast. His compositions are ‘abstract compositions of the environment as…

Project One – Research point: Positive and negative spaces

With this research I will look into the concept of positive and negative space, and how art practitioners are incorporating this in their works. Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume, both mentioned in the course material, are both related more or less to Pop-Art. There is an interesting article about their group exhibition in Tate, London from Fox,D. (2013) in the Frieze magazine. I wanted…

Project One – Research Point: Still Life genre

Part two is looking at our environment in drawing and with this research I will look deeper into the evolution of Still Life pictures, works across the centuries to the practice of contempary artists. Traditionally still life or ‘nature morte’ is typical an arrangement if inanimate objects. eg. flower, fruit, artefacts, housefold goods, layed out on a table or other flat…

Exhibition: Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville in Kunsthaus Zurich

Exhibition on show till 25 Jan 2015:  Kunsthaus Zurich An incredible overview of works related to paintings and drawings of body and flesh, with a century between two artists. Around 100 works (drawings and oil paintings) are on show. Works of Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville were hanged not to contrast each other or to give the perception of an historical context, but rather…

Project Two – Research point: Odilon Redon

‘Deux Arbres (Two trees)’, 1875: http://www.wikiart.org/en/odilon-redon/two-trees-1875 In this drawing the darkest spot is just in the center of the picture. It absorbs all the attention of the viewer. There is a small path leading towards this black hole. At the beginning it is bright light, slowly fading into the dark black background. Lights spots are accompanying the view along the path…

Visual research: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) ‘Gretchen drawings in ink’

After my previous research on ‘Brot! (Bread)’ from Kathe Kollwitz (see post from 17 Nov) I wanted to do a more thorough visual research on her ink drawings.  I selected three of them from the year 1889 (her early years before she went deeper into printmaking). These drawings depict the theme from J.W. Goethe ‘Faust’ well known ‘Gretchen’ scene. They…

Project 2: Self evaluation light and tone

The last two exercises I explored different ways of rendering a three-dimensional perception of form. I learned how important it is to understand correctly the direction of direct and reflected light. Referring to Leonardo da Vinci’s five-value rule helped me to understand the concept deeper. My initial sketches supported my learnings. What I found out is the importance of good observation…

Notes to myself – feedback from my tutor

I asked my tutor for intermediate feedback on my way of handling my learning log (paper and online in parallel). The way I am doing it is appropriate and I will continue that way. I received very constructive feedback that gave me further clarity and focus: – Sketchbooks: include and label to relevant exercise or page (I already uploaded some of my sketchbook…

Project One – Research Point: Feeling and Emotions

(amended Nov 29th, 2014 after reflection on feedback from my tutor) For this visual research I will look deeper into the work of Vincent van Gogh, Cy Twombly, and Willem de Kooning. I chose the three artists as I am very much attracted by their work. 1) Vincent van Gogh – ‘Tree roots in a sandy ground’ (1882) http://krollermuller.nl/object.php/KM%20117.091%20RECTO/Boomwortels-in-een-zandgrond-Les-racines?lang=en , Media used:…

Visual research: Cy Twombly (1929-2011) ‘Bolsena’

This drawing is made from the ‘Blackboard paintings’ that C Twombly started in 1966. In this drawing it is actually a whiteboard. Compared to the two pieces I looked at before (Da Vinci’s ‘Virgin’ and Kollwitz’s ‘Brot!’) this drawing is completely different. It is not figurative, many different marks. It shows abstract shapes, simple shapes as squares, rectangles, and some…

Visual research: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) ‘Brot! (Bread)’

Kathe Kollwitz is mainly known as a printmaker and sculptor, although some of her drawings are demonstrating very well her personal and emotional involvement in the picture making. Her own personal experiences, her engagement with the events and workers around her, and her later involvement in revolutionary themes, are key elements in her work This drawing reminds me a bit…

Visual research: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) ‘Virgin with child and cat’

From the Introduction Course I learned that in order to improve my reflective perception as well as my critically thinking skills, it is advised to do regularly visual and deeper contextual research/analysis. With this drawing from da Vinci I start my journey. The drawing ‘Virgin with child and cat’ was made by Da Vinci’s at the end of his first…

Introduction – Research Trail

As mentioned in the coursework it was encouraged to do the Introduction to HE course. Here I expected to learn more about important concepts and practical techniques. My Starting point: I chose the Documentary film alphabet, from the Austrian director Erwin Wagenhofen. I did not chose a well-established art practitioner at this time. First, I already wanted to see this documentary, and secondly…

Course outcome – a note to myself

At the end of this course I will be capable to demonstrate my drawing skills and my perceptive reflection skills. Especially: I can demonstrate my drawing skills in various media I will be able to represent three dimensions by drawing with line, tone and color. I will be able to explain basic rules of linear perspective and other drawing systems…

Getting ready, but before …

Now I received the binder with course materials along with my student card. I am collecting the materials for the Drawing course, my studio is ready to go. But before I really go,  I went through the Introduction to HE course, and now I am working on the small assignment ‘research trail’ to get my skills in reflective writing nicely shaped. The…