Over several month I have been working on a new ‘Arlecchino mask, breaking away from traditional representations in a search for a more mature, tricksterish and altogether joyous character. Initial drawings to find some sort of ‘Essence’.
Progression was made in the clay design with several changes of direction, which retained elements of tradition but with a greater emphasis on asymmetry and uplift.
Experimenting with a lighter paint scene in order better see the sculpture.
3RD SPACE Studios Exhibition opening event this evening at 6.00 p.m.
Tope Floor of Surface Gallery upto and including Saturday 11th May
Celebrating our ten years of existence and the ten artists who are current members.
This evening Stephen Jon and his crew shall be performing as ‘The Critics’ and later he will be adding another layer to the large charcoal drawing.
Join him for a Charcoal Drawing workshop next Wednesday 2.00 till 4.00 p.m.
Opening event next Friday 3rd May 2019
Making ready for the forthcoming exhibition at Surface Gallery and exploring different ways of hanging drawings and sculptures, with regards to the probability that they will get splashed. Lots of fun flinging dirty water about. Studio floor a delightful mess now.
Maiden (archetype half mask), Madame Pantalona and ‘Arlecchino (Commedia dell’Arte).
Plus working up archetypal Death half mask fun fun time coming up.
Continuing with Charcoal.
It may be that I have finished the Willow Pattern Drawing, at least for now. I have started some more circle drawings. ‘Plates’ is the working title for this series. Other words have fallen into my mind as I do this: Tondo, Hole, Eclipse, Oracle, Orbit, Cyclone, Pointe, Full stop, Eye, Sphere. Growth, Wheel, pin-prick. Navel, Breast, Samples……… Working in a variety of scales, still all in charcoal and pushing my current technique of using resists and stencils. Some freehand work to be done.
Keeping on with the drawing. Layer upon layer. Week Three.
An Archeology of drawing. Memories, Histories, Stories, Journeys and Formalities.
How am I thinking and seeing ?
Human Bones And Names Names Of All The Bones In The Skeletal System Human Skeleton All – ANATOMY BODY DIAGRAM
I do love painting. The Finishing of masks is just about my favourite part of the mask making process. Therefore, now I am setting myself this challenge, to paint for the sake of painting. I shall use this 3D triptych as the blank ground for painting. I just don’t know what it will be, certainly not decorative and not my familiar mask technique of exaggerating the underlying form. So lets see. I have always been particularly impressed by the way in which ceramic artists are able to paint/draw directly onto a 3D surface. And of course, cave painters did the same, on bare rock AND in the dark.
Session Six: Final two coats of papering. Manufacturing Process almost completed. Next ext wednesday we will finish the masks….just in time for ‘Light Night’ which is next friday, 5th feb..
Busy session, what with applying two layers in one evening!
So focused and cheerful are we.