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Assignment 3 and Parallel Project sculptures 4 “Free Forms”

Apart from some changes that i have tried to do to the assignment pieces i followed up with the parallel project idea of found images and making them into solid subjects.

Because this assignment was about gesture, movement, engagement with the process and “unexpected” (to some extend) results i found quite a few linear shapes and forms within the works.

I must say that it was not easy to decide what to change in the works, feeling of making it worse creeps in even though there is a want to make it better. I have made some changes to the larger “self portrait painting – well, it definitely changed… I have stopped amending it as i feel that i need to have a “conversation” with it later in order to feel what else to do here or not?  I have used more media ( pastels, inks, acrylics, different tools and so on) and also during the process found” another me in it , sort of coming out from the left side of the picture plain.  I feel like this “self portrait” is my own journey to discovery and experimentation I’ve been going through during the course.  In the future i will come to work on it again, with more to add or erase but i have stopped as it needs a rest for a bit. To some extend this work was edited after being inspired by looking at some works by Francis Picabia “Transparencies” where he uses overlayed linear images to create a complexity and depth.

There is a possibility of Cropping it out and one of the possible frames is below, i will decide after discussing it with my tutor. It is on a canvass so i might leave for now)

Then it was two more drawings performing to music – i am still “looking” but not “doing” in regards of changing the overall drawing. I’m going to have a “conversation” with them and see if i can ..

But what happened so far after some time of looking at the works – i have found quite a few interesting shapes and forms that beginning to be translated into 3D forms. This sculptures inspired by the marks made during the process, as well as the final result plus the actual music that was played during the process.

I am using stronger wire that can support itself better and only a small amount of plaster, plaster cloth or none at all in order to capture the “fragile” “sensitive” quality of the lines/marks and flowing music. I hope to achieve sculptures that will mimic this gestural element of mark making along with some movement that vibrates the air while the music is being played. Ambitious, yes, but extremely interesting and rewarding process.

Bellow are some of the photos of the works in progress ( final assembly with the drawings i will do when i’ll finish)


Below is one sculpture against black background and superimposed using Paint 3D on to a landscape




Three pieces combined


Reworked pieces for assignment. – The markings from this drawings as well as the one above were the inspiration for the sculptures : “Free Forms” above

As advised by my tutor i have tried to reworked a few pieces. The one below i have added more shadow and defined a few lines.


Two below are from project 4.

First i have used actual drawing and made a new one that was based on the statement 2.


then i over-painted some ares on the finished drawing as advised by my tutor.







to be continued


Part 3 Review against Assessment Criteria

  • Demonstration of technical and visual skills – Materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills. 

This section was quite an intuitive and emotional in regards of using materials and techniques and self expression – i feel that I’ve opened up new ways of looking at working process, explored collaboration with idea and materials, experimented with immediate response through feelings and sound and direct contact with media. Compositionally there is an improvement – now i try to use more of the whole and involve negative spaces as well as the object/subject within the space.

  • Quality of Outcome – Content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, with discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas.

I feel that assignment work directly relates to the whole part – working intuitively and applying most of the methods used in this part to arrive at the final piece. I believe it is evident through all the works produced – they feel coherent and follow up as a group.

  • Demonstration of creativity – Imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice.

This part really allowed development of ideas during the process involving experimentation and invention of new ( to me) methods of application,  and use of materials. I feel that  my voice and method of interpretation finding it’s way out – i’m feeling tuned in to creative process, especially important is the part of expression by using all available to me at the moment – materials, feelings, senses and the space i have. My imagination is quite colorful and sometimes it is difficult to express but i do feel that i’m getting close to finding a right way for me to do it.

  • Context – Reflection, research (evidenced in learning logs) critical thinking (evidenced in critical review).

My thought process and how i arrived at the end result is documented in the blog. I try to stay critical to a degree as well as look for what worked or could be taken further and how.  Artist research finds it’s way into the works and also the process i go through, i find myself looking back at some artists and works to reevaluate and discover new things as the study progresses. There are a few artists i would like to look at further – i started a list of some that may be useful to me for the parallel project.

Assignment 3 Painting to music

Select a piece of music (preferably classical or at least rhythmically complex) and allow your movements to be affected or generated by it whilst producing a drawing.


It took me a while to choose a piece of music – but it was a nice time working with a cuppa listening to my classical collection.

I have chosen Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No1 in B Flat Minor Op.23, Allegro non troppo; Georgian SIMI Festival Orchestra, conductor: Nodar Tsatishvili; piano Vakhtang Badrishvili

, I have a CD but as example here will insert a YouTube video I found with the music performed by a different orchestra:

The reasons for choosing this particular piece – first I have played piano and this was one of the pieces that I did in the music school; second I just love piano and string instruments together; third Tchaikovsky is my fellow countryman so it is a homage in a way; fourth reason is I just love this composition – it makes me happy, relaxed and alert at the same time and feels my mind with images; fifth it is rhythmically complex with slow parts that grow into almost still moments and then start to become fast and furious))…. Just to list a few…

Next I wanted to record the process but was not sure how – in the end I managed to do a time laps (no music) – the result is a 1 minute video of the 45 minute process. I had the piece on repeat so there was some repetition – this allowed me to change tools, colours etc. I painted mostly with my eyes closed – apart from when i needed to swap colour or application tools.

Mostly I used my hands – I “played” the canvas as if I were playing the piano and conducting it at the same time. Other tools used : ice cream sticks ( one is still on the canvass), plastic tool for making patterned lines (not sure what it is called); brushes, plastic containers i had paint in, pallet knife, water, acrylics (yellow, p.rose, cyan, grass green, white, black)

This is first time i did a time laps, so perhaps it is a bit too fast but, if possible please watch it on repeat(or at least 3 times in a row) during the whole length of the piece of music ( link above) it will make more sense – that’s how I watched it.

Here is the time-laps:


And the result: 1st picture while wet; second when dried – pictures are brighter than the real thing, first one is closer in terms of tone


There is definitely a lot of “me” in it – I had really attacked the canvass during some moments as well as stroked it softly using gesture movements. The whole process was really enjoyable and messy – I’m still covered in paint)))

Background/starting colours got muddy – painting with eyes closed was liberating but unpredictable and resulted in mixing of paint. I’m glad I have added some fresh colour in the last 15 minutes – it sort of popping out and contrast with the grey background; I also see resemblance in some marks/blobs/spatters to the musical notes that were played in faster temp. I also like that some of the canvass is still visible especially considering amount of paint and marks I was using

At the moment I decided to leave it here, rather than add something – firstly I need to think more about it as I can’t see anything that is really popping out to create more recognizable shapes, also I do not think I need to find anything recognizable here – in the end this is my “intuitive” painting as a reaction to music played on repeat and I consider this more of a performative gestural painting. But I will see if in some time I will decide to develop it further…



Second drawing:

This time I’ve used a gessoed A1 cartridge paper, charcoal (soft, hard, homemade), diluted India ink, white/yellow acrylics, my hands and brushes for application. I did not use video for this – instead made photographs of stages.

Music – I’ve listened to 1. Same as above followed by 2. Shubert – Rosamunde D.797, Op.26, “Intermezzo”; St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra “Canon” conductor Vitas Antonavichius

here is an example on youtube


Second piece of music is more peaceful ( relaxing) and worked well as a continuation. 

First i used charcoal to apply fast gestural marks (Tchaikovsky) – I’ve noticed a lot of sharp/long lines while using this medium; followed by brush and ink – softer/wider marks, spattering ink as if i’m conducting and made brush impressions following  individual notes.

 charcoal   ink, acrylic

I also flipped it to different sides during the process.

Just before the next piece started i swapped for white paint –  first gestural and some pushing occurred then i started to follow patterns on paper as music progressed – for some reason i felt like geometrical patterns were the ones to follow here. Half way through white was swapped for yellow and was applied mostly in a conducting motion.

Then I left it to dry and to determine the next step. In the end I decided to leave it like this – I like the marks and minimum colour here; I think it works as a piece of emotional expression.

Third piece: a small Colour abstract using pallet knifes music (same) and colour. Here I tried to project colours i saw while listening. (Approx. 29×40 cm canvass)


After some time, a lot of music on repeat, harvesting and tending the garden  I started on a new canvass – it is quite large, biggest so far for me – 80cm x 127cm

What i developed out of first two is a combination: music, borrowed lines and me

Fourth piece: Self portrait

I started without preconceived idea, similarly to the previous pieces – music was playing, colour was prepared etc. First I gessoed a canvass I got on car boot – it is quite large so I’m just being brave here.

Gesso was applied using gesture movements and texture was in mind – i like how it dried with variation of thickness and lines still visible.

It took me a while to decide the next step. I wanted to combine first attempts and develop them – so i enlarged some areas, looked through colour/line placement and in the end decided to use a limited pallet. Partially the colour choice was inspired by my garden – Green and yellows of cucumbers and tomato plants. Also i liked how yellow worked in the second drawing. My veg garden, below:

I went with yellow first – gesture movements while listening to music then similarly I applied green.

After these layers dried i used India ink and brush to randomly find a few shapes.

Then some diluted yellow paint was poured over(vertically) and also i was turning the canvass during the whole painting process. 


Then I used tied together poppy seed heads and applied black acrylic – I made a video but unfortunately the phone moved so only part of the canvass was visible – I’m not adding it here yet. This added a few nice random marks.

I really did not know how to take this further – some of the ideas popped in to my mind (flower field, cartoony people, pure abstract etc.)…

It took me quite a long time of staring at the canvass to decide but I had some sort of a moment and just went with it. I decided to try and do a self-portrait….

Starting with the eyes to get going first I began using India ink and a brush, my hands, tissue etc.



Here is the result…


First thoughts: Overall I like how it developed out of gesture to music into a representational image. There are some aspects that work – eyes, soft forms of the face against jigsaw pieces/harder lines/ irregular shapes… Not too happy about the way hair on the sides look – I had used spray bottle and ink run down too much in a rather messy stain…

It is hard to imagine just by looking at a small photo but as a whole it does work especially due to size of the canvass and colour contrasts.

I had it in the lounge for a few days – looking at different lighting arrangements and trying to figure out how and if I need to take this forward.

Things i decided to work on in a few days of analysing:

Hair – I want to have more gesture marks along with a bit more definition, highlighted areas and try to retain spontaneity of other marks around

Face – there is some likeness but not exactly “me” looking back … Providing I was drawing freely I still want to get a better drawing along with more likeness…


I used diluted inks, acrylics, rags, water, pallet knives and my fingers to modify areas I was not happy with – I had to reapply, erase and wipe out quite a few marks during the process here.

The result: First image – taken indoor under normal light bulb;


Second – taken outside in the morning , light but not sunny. Image is a bit too yellow…


I believe after reworking i have achieved a lot more likeness with myself, not exact but I’m more at peace with this one – I feel it is more resolved and has a presence. I modified the shape of the face, mouth and hair, neck line, shoulder length ( I’ll change picture after I get the work back from my tutor as I did it at the last minute before packing, and nose, added more paint around the face to cover things I did not like and to add contrast.

Even though it does not look exactly like me i can see myself in it through application, colour and involvement in the process. I tried to work in a similar manner as in the beginning – using gesture rather than precise controlled lines to maintain spontaneity and movement that was captured during listening to the music I’ve selected. There could be a few things to add/change but I decided to stop at the moment so I do not overwork it too much.



This approach somehow reminds me of Karel Appel paintings – a lot of gesture and emotional physicality in his work.

Part 3 in general was very physical and experimental – at the beginning i was not sure how the exercises will go but during the process really got involved and enjoyed delving into the unknown areas.

There are a few things I found out during this part – do not be afraid of exploring totally new ways of application, approaches and use of emotion. Words and music can help generate ideas, liberate movement and choice of colour/tools and media.

I feel that I learned a lot more of what drawing can be and ways of approaching ideas – starting point sometimes can be elusive but involvement helps to bring it together in the end.

Working on a larger scale definitely resonates with me – i find that gesture and space help me with expression in general. Also this goes in line with idea for parallel project where I’m thinking of enlarging elements of objects to abstract whole and find new ways of seeing the same thing.

Overall I really enjoyed this part and hope to carry on some of the learned into the future projects.



Contextual focus point: Erased De Kooning

  1. 1953, R. Rauschenberg, Erased De Kooning

At first glance this work is quite intriguing – it made me wonder of what was there before the act of erasing; some marks are still visible and also it appears that some of the erasing markings are also still present. In a way this is a drawing on it’s own – but in reverse, or as if time was re-winded until only trace remains. The framing visually is quite simple – i believe chosen on purpose so it does not distract from the work within and the label plays an important part – without it the piece would not be understandable.

2. Digitally enhanced infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing

Above is the infrared scan of the drawing – revealing some of the previous workings with figures and lines.

Rauschenberberg worked in different ways and founded a quite a few new ways of approaching the creation of art. This particular work was a part of exploration.

In 1953 De Kooning was one of the most influential abstract artists and highly admired by many including Rauschenberg, who was still quite young and in compartment not as significant at that point. The decision of erasing work of a master was an act of bravery, an act of iconoclasm – the destruction of art and exploration of conceptual approach to collaboration, in my opinion.

The actual act of erasing took about a month – which shows that it was highly thought about process and decision making task. It wound be interesting to know how exactly he felt during the process – intrigued, afraid to proceed, eager to delve into it ?

After researching i found out that Raushenberg chosen De Konning because of his significance. Also when he approached the artist and got his permission there was a decision to be made of which work to erase. De Kooning had offered a few works – some were the works that he rejected but this was not interesting to do for Rauchenberg. Some works were done in pencil and would be too easy to erase. In the end work that has been chosen consisted of a variation of marks and media – there is no record of it though only what the infrared (above) could reveal.

The whole process was carefully thought of in order to achieve a result as important as the chosen work by an iconic artist.

Also this work has qualities of a “performance” art – reaching out to public and their feeling of the act itself.

Framing was done significantly later (1955) and the label was attached – this really planted the whole thing in to the history, it became a work of its own.

This video is not about the erased drawing but just interesting insight on the artist himself ( De Kooning) and how he found an idea for painting series by finding/creating a focus point from which work expands.

Later i found the video with Rauchenberg explaining how he did it ( I’m glad I had understood some of the initial ideas before watching this, it felt as I am really starting to connect the dots of study).  He says in the end – “its poetry”….

And I think it really is.

  1. ( accessed july/aug 2018)



Parallel Project 1.



Abstraction, enlargement, looking closer/in/out; finding images/motives/patterns in nature/things around; explore tone/colour/shape/space; installation derived from created drawings (such as Assignment 1).


Use different tools, (elongated tools, and electric whisk- interesting patterns). Different media – at the moment inks are quite appealing along with diluted acrylics/water colours.

So as an example – enlarged are of chosen subject/drawing/pattern – large scale linear drawing overlapped with mirror print (?) and toned/coloured using variety of tools and angles. Step two – take this 2D drawing and make a 3D model/installation using wire or other found materials (junk).

The concept here – looking closer at the things around us in a new way – do we really see or just walk by assuming we know it all? Touching theme of environment, nature, over consumption, exploitation of resources, recycling and reusing to preserve the world and prolong life of the planet.

Limiting my language and instead expressing it through work, explore free form art – starting work without preconceived idea and let it develop itself during the process hence exploring inner emotions/feelings etc…