Friday, 28 December 2012

Reflections on an Artist's Dream

This is my main entry for an exhibition of artwork created using an iPad or other similar mobile tablet device, employing the theme of "Secrets & Stories" as their source of inspiration at West Ox Arts Gallery in Oxford (UK). The Secrets & Stories-based theme behind this work is that of an artist and his passion for and entanglement with his subject. The concept could of course refer to any artist and subject. This work however specifically is about Oxford-based artist and friend Martin Beek, who over the last year has submerged himself in the process of portraying a vast array of landscape views in the Oxford area. I used an earlier iPad-portrait drawing of Martin to represent the artist himself. Then mirrored it with its preliminary sketch combined with a collage of an iPad-landscape drawing I recently did of a sunlit autumn woodland to depict the artist's dream, the entanglement with his subject and the process of getting to grips with it: a mind spinning with images and impressions, an eye both catching and caught by the light, an artists's path, fragmented, anything but straightforward. I titled it "Reflections on an Artist's Dream (A Wider Picture - Martin Beek Diptych)"; the subtitle could of course refer to the expanded width in terms of a diptych portrait, but particularly is meant as a hint to David Hockney's "A Bigger Picture" which over the last year has been one of Martin's sources of inspiration. Mijn bijdrage voor een groepsexpositie met het thema "Geheimen & Verhalen" van werken gemaakt met behulp van een iPad of een ander soortgelijk mobiel tablet-apparaat.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Seasonally dressed up version of a quick iPad-sketch (Brushes App) I did earlier (Bear).

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Ink & mixed media techniques

Quick sketches with ink and reed pen/twigs and the addition of mixed media techniques. In the upper sketch I used watercolour in combination with wax resist technique. In the lower sketch an overlay of rice paper drenched in watercolour; the rice paper turned out less transparant than I had expected. Perhaps I'll rework it at a later date. Ink, rice paper, watercolour, wax on paper. Snelle schetsen met inkt in combinatie met gemengde technieken.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Ink & Expression

Life drawing and painting, quick sketches with ink and reed pen/twigs and some occasional finger smudging. My aim was to gradually achieve a higher level of expression and abstraction. Ink on paper. Portret & model-tekenen/schilderen, snelle schetsen met inkt en rietpen/twijgen, zo nu en dan aangevuld met wat "smeerwerk".

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Ink and watercolour, wax resist technique

Life drawing and painting, again focused on quick sketches with ink and reed pen/twigs, this time with the addition of watercolour in combination with wax resist technique. Ink, watercolour and wax on paper. Model: Ron. Portret & model-tekenen/schilderen, gericht op snelle schetsen met inkt en rietpen/twijgen, aangevuld met aquarel in combinatie met was (wax resist gemengde techniek).