Thoughts on the context and content of the Assignment 3 pieces.
Raul Duffy – Little Palm Tree
When I had decided to work on the image of the garden I was thinking of the tables and chairs as they appear in many of the impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. The only difference is that these seem mainly to have been painted in high summer or at least in strong light.
I wanted to feature the table which had erupted over the winter and was trailing its edge, the surface now undulating with damp. On top of this is the pot with a plant that is just stem and no leaves. Finally there is the bare earth in parts of the border.
Since this photograph was taken there was a big storm during which the pot fell and broke and the table has now been taken to the dump! Transitions. In a way this is what I think the whole of this Part 3 has been about – getting me out and re-connecting to the outside world. In some areas this has had a strong response and in others i.e. buildings no response at all.
Also I suppose there was context and personal connection in the assignment piece but it does not come through as strongly as in the last 2 assignments I think.
- A lot of frustrations which sometimes pushed me on to do things I would not have previously undertaken
- Re-connecting to outside, trees, nature, landscape etc. personal places
- Need for greater planning and thought in preparation for going out to draw
- Still struggling with keeping work fresh and spontaneous
- Challenging myself to use different materials and combination of materials.
- Necessary to undertake more time planning at beginning of the modules so that I can fit in reading and research in a more structured way
- More patience – I can’t achieve everything at once – but keep trying!
- Stay open to opportunities and my responses to subject matter
- Keep more notes on what rises to my consciousness – it doesn’t have to fit.