Getting back into blogging spurred me on to do a bit of painting last week. Moving on from sketches by the lake, I’ve returned to the idea of expanding from a photograph. By expanding the viewpoint I can let my imagination run wild and get creative with the colourful sunset. I was surprised to find I really enjoyed painting again. I didn’t spend too long on it, just a couple of hours, and enjoyed relaxing, mixing the colours together. Being a bit low on acrylics, I improvised using some household paints- some emulsion and not one of my better ideas- white gloss. It was interesting to see how the paint reacted against each other. The white gloss; with its sticky texture, didn’t want to mix with other paint, I persevered with it, forcing it to blend and add light to the image. In a way, in regards to my practice, I’m expanding the use of home paints in contemporary art. Contrary to my plinths instead of using wallpaper in a contemporary setting, I use household paints to create traditional landscape images. I’m flipping the role of traditional landscapes by using domestic paints to create a contemporary image.
And then the biggest risk of all, probably the most exciting one, was the blue drip! Hoping to make the plinth and the figurine become more of a sculpture as one rather than two separate pieces I’ve continued the dripping process onto the plinth. Dunking the object into the paint at first, then pouring paint directly onto the object from above it flows onto the plinth and creates this beautiful fold upon the figurine. The paint is allowed to pour freely which creates a pool on the floor. This was extremely successful! People walking past were mesmerised by the process- I only hope tomorrow the paint hasn’t cracked as it’s dried!
Deciding that the salmon pink was definitely going ahead, I plucked up the courage to get painting! It really did look good! Just like I’d hoped. It was just as I was packing away that I spotted this ugly looking fella on my desk. I wondered what this figurine would look like against the salmon pink? Would his blazer clash too much? Or be spot on? I’d been really set on the lady with her hands on her hips for this plinth but there was something about this figure that I really liked. The ornament itself is absolutely hideous! – Maybe that just acts as an extra bonus. Also how good does the white wood top look?! Very slick.
I realised I had to bite the bullet in the end though, colours would reinforce that working class taste I’m after, as well as bring out the colours of the figurines. I wasn’t going to jump in there feet first though; I began making samples using the colours and wallpaper coverings. Mixing and matching the order of the different colours with different wallpaper styles really helped! – Even if it did get a little bit confusing. The colours worked well together but there was something not quite right about that yellow. Originally the yellow would be paired with the boarder, but using the samples I found that the boarder worked much better with the salmon pink. I tell you what though I’m glad I didn’t buy that ‘coffee’ colour- that definitely didn’t wasn’t nice!
Once I had the stuff it was time to get wallpapering! I immediately loved the wallpaper I used on the smaller plinth, it reminded me instantly of my grandma’s and it matches so well to the boarder and figurine. I could see it taking form now, matching up the colours to the embossed wallpaper felt like I was getting somewhere. I’ve scraped the next plinth free of it’s former wallpaper ready for a re-vamp tomorrow and I’ve got the colours ready to go! I decided to scrap the idea of a 4th plinth, I went to get the wood cut today but just before my decision I realised there is no real need for another one, it may just look cluttered. Although beforehand I felt it would look too much like my previous piece, when I shifted the plinths around it didn’t feel like that at all. I did get some other wood cut though! For the tops of the plinths. This has worked out fantastic! By placing an extra piece of wood on top it allows the paper to fold underneath it, by covering over this with wood it covers the mess and makes the plinth look incredibly neat. I’m really pleased with today’s progress. The plinths are beginning to become; “architectural walls.” – and interesting I almost see them as the formations of tower blocks.
Having seen all the wallpapers Nottingham city centre had to offer I made the quick decision, following a Google search, to head on a bus to John’s Decorating Centre! What a good decision. Yesterday I was at a loss as to what wallpaper I wanted to use, and most importantly the colour choices that I knew were going to be essential for getting this piece right! And in the bargain bin at John’s I found them!
Now for some really big decisions! I feel like I’ve been going round in circles with it all day! There is A LOT going on with the plinths, I admit that, but I’m struggling to decide whether I like it with more or less going on. The original plan was to paint, then wallpaper all 3 plinths, then subtlety rip a small amount of paper off each plinth. However as I gradually decorated each one I began to like the contrast of the bare magnolia plinth against the flush wallpaper and the ripped wallpaper plinth. It was difficult to decide which complimented the ornament best, and it became upsettingly apparent that it seemed the ornaments weren’t so much needed any more; the 3 plinths work as a piece all by themselves. Having a wallpaper malfunction on the smallest plinth; meant I had to take the paper off prior to drying, this however left a rather nice imprint of the paste on the plinth- again something else to consider. With the 3 plinths all at different stages like this I really do think they work well together as a piece in their own right; however it’s still very important to me to use the ornaments at this moment in time. So for now I need to make a decision on how the plinths should look in order to compliment them. I think the right decision here is to continue with the subtle rip plan I originally began with- this way they will get the full attention they deserve yet the rips in the wallpaper will emphasise that the plinths are also crucial to the work.