Developing a series of works is an interesting journey.
Working in this way with a theme or an image, can produce work that contains a lot more depth than working on a range of dissimilar subjects.
A case in point is the clothing series that I began working on recently. I began with dresses in a wardrobe. The dresses emerge out of the darkness into view. They tantalize our thoughts to tease out their story. In fact they began to take on a life of their own quite early on in the piece.
First closet drawing
This drawing, also in charcoal, gave birth to some other ideas which I have begun exploring.
Pick Me – Closet drawing II
And then there was
Silks and Linen – Closet drawing III
Paintings are proceeding from all of these drawings, so stay tuned for the updates.
Next Thursday’s Post: Preliminary paint work
Next Monday’s Post:
Posted By: Kadira Jennings
I want to talk about this a bit more because it is a fairly complex subject albeit an important one. By sharing how I have developed my style, I hope to enable you to get clearer about the things that tie your own work together.
It helps to look at your work and say to yourself – ‘ Now if I was having a retrospective exhibition what works would I choose to put into it?’ An important tool to help you gain greater insight into your work, is photographs. First gather pictures of all your works and lay them out on the floor or table in your workspace. Group them first into stylistic sections that demonstrate each phase of your development. Then break these groups into themes such as, bright splashes of colour, trees, people and shoes. You might also have another series of works where those bright splashes have turned into blockier shapes. The subjects painted might be – trees, cats and doorways. Look for the things that would link the images.
In a retrospective exhibition you might then group all the tree pictures of different styles together. This gives insight into both your journey as an artist st stylistically and your statement about trees. You have created a link between your works and offer your viewers substance as an artist .