Research and Reflection 4

I like the drawings of this artist because she combines media such as paints, fabrics, collage papers and inks.  I think it is effective the way she uses dark colours for negative spaces, layers images with text, as well as contrasting busy areas with empty areas.  Adding found objects gives an image an intriguing quality, making it mysterious and suggesting that there is a narrative behind it.

Thelma van Rensburg

Thelma van Rensburg

Thelma van Rensburg

Thelma van Rensburg

I especially like this drawing below.  I like the way the woman stands out and blends in at the same time.  I also like that the more time you look at this image, the more details you can see hidden in plain sight. This is true of all of these images.  The more you look, the more you see.

Thelma van Rensburg

Thelma van Rensburg

If you follow this link you can see her other works – she makes a lot of digital art, some paintings and some drawings: http://www.thelmavanrensburg.co.za/gallery10.html  this address takes you to see her drawings.  There is a wide selection of her work on http://www.artdoxa.com which is really useful.

Here are some more images of her work:

Girl Galaxy 2011 21cm x 30cm - collage digital print

Girl Galaxy 2011 21cm x 30cm – collage digital print

Back facing - 2011 21cm x 30cm collage digital print.

Back facing – 2011
21cm x 30cm collage digital print.

I don’t know if a collage digital print is a digital print of a collage or a digital print which has been collaged on.  Or a collage made out of digital prints.

I found an interview with Thelma, and I saved it because I found it interesting.  Click here to see it.

Grete Hagen is another artist I have come across.  I really like the way he combines watercolours and acrylics and inks in a vibrant and electric way.  Having colours painted behind a drawing has the effect of making the people transparent looking.  It emphasises the outlines and distracts you from ideas of form or surface.  There is exciting conflict.

Grete Hagen 003 Face, 2014 Drawing acrylic ink and pencil on paper27 x 27 cm

Grete Hagen 003 Face, 2014
Drawing acrylic ink and pencil on paper27 x 27 cm

001 Face 2014 drawing acrylic and ink on paper, 27 x 27 cm, by Grete Hagen

001 Face 2014 drawing acrylic and ink on paper, 27 x 27 cm, by Grete Hagen

003 Sorrow, 2014 drawing watercolour and ink on paper - 31 x 23 cm by Grete Hagen

003 Sorrow, 2014 drawing watercolour and ink on paper – 31 x 23 cm by Grete Hagen

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I came across this picture when I was researching self-portraiture.  It is a collection of drawings by children, and it is a great idea for drawing alternative self portraits.  I like way the drawings work together as a group.  I think it is refreshing to try portraits which do not focus entirely (or at all) on the face.

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Junquemail Contessa The River, Beach and Moon

Junquemail Contessa – The River, Beach and Moon

I like the way this artist uses collage, colour, line, shape and text all together.  She is really good at layering and using a colour scheme which creates atmosphere and suggests narrative.  It is effective.  (This image is much larger if you click on it.)  It is another example of images in a series working together.

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I have come across this artist: Claudia McGill, when I was researching.

I like her use of colour, shape and texture.  I like the way she makes marks over laying different shapes and colours to create deep abstract spaces.

Claudia Mcgill

Claudia Mcgill

You can see that she uses flicking of wet media.  Either scratching into layers of paint with fine tools,  or drawing on top of layers of colour.

Claudia Mcgill

Claudia Mcgill

The combinations of stripes of paint with a broad brush, and the rectangular shapes of photos and other papers are striking, that’s probably why I chose to hold onto these pictures.

Claudia Mcgill

Claudia Mcgill

I like the way all of these different types of media, and application of media create these dynamic compositions.  If you look closely they are built up of linear qualities, all mixed in across each other.

Claudia Mcgill

Claudia Mcgill

Claudia Mcgill art 2

I have been looking at some drawings in a library book I borrowed called “Bento’s Sketchbook” by John Berger.  The book is “an exploration of the practice of drawing, as well as a meditation on how we perceive and seek to explore our ever-changing relationship with the world around us.”  I have not read very much of it, but I have looked at all the pictures.

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Berger is apparently examining how the impulse to draw something begins.  I don’t know if he decides how it begins, but I do find myself wanting to draw most things I come across, so I can understand why he wanted to write this book.

John Berger

 

I like Berger’s inky style and the watery washes with the inkier places bleeding into the watery places.  It’s really effective.

 

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The darkness around her face increases the dramatic effect, the sense of depth and form.

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Jaggedy lines to describe the surface of scratchy knitted cardigan.

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