Claude Heath

Wednesday 14th November

Claude Heath – Blind drawings.

I instantly thought of Claude Heath when I thought about an activity pack based around senses. Claude Heath creates portraits with blindfolds on.  Taking away or thinking about senses can make an image really interesting. Heath places a piece of blu tack in the middle of the paper to use as a guide. Heath also works with casts of heads, and touches the cast whilst drawing blind. This is called a ‘touch feel drawing’. I find Claude Heath’s process really interesting, by using ink and continuous line he captures the human form in an unusual way, without thinking too much about perfection.

The ink gives a textile like texture, at if it has been stitched onto the page. The range of colours used depict how the mind is colourful and full of thoughts and intelligence (to me anyway). It is unusual how the face still can be made out, but it is not a traditional form.

Group Tutorial

Friday 30th November

Today I had my Group Tutorial with my tutor and peers. I pitched my rough ideas to the table in order for them to get a rough understanding on what I wanted to do. At this point I  had rough drafts, and I was still between ideas. I decided I wanted to go with an idea that mocked those who mock abstract art. Linking it to my quote from Saturday Night Sunday Morning (check here Breaking apart my quote ) the whole theme around my work is judgement. By mocking those who judge abstract art I feel that I am questioning their judgement, by judging them.

Speaking to my tutor and peers was very useful as they encouraged me to pursue the idea that I had of creating abstract art and having a bingo grid of phrases that viewers of abstract art use, using phrases such as “I could have done that!”. My tutor suggested that I actually create a survey to find some of the material for the bingo. I think that this was a really helpful suggestion as I was able to get more spontaneous answers that way rather than one note answers. 

It was also interesting to listen to what my peers ideas were! As everyone had a completely different take on the final project. 

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Vitamin D

Friday 14th December 2018


To gain inspiration for my project I decided to look at the book ‘Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing’ written by . ‘Vitamin D’ describes itself as a ‘global up to date survey on drawing today’. I am always open to looking at other artwork and forever inspired by other artists so I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at a book focused on drawing! I picked out some artwork by artists in the book who I was inspired by. Not all of the book inspired my creative appetite, however those who have I am very interested in.

Raymond Pettibon:

Born in Tuscon, Arizona. Juxtaposes text and imagery. I think that I was drawn to Pettibon’s work as I think I like the way that he uses line, and ink strokes. I am also interested by his use of text, and the relationship that the text has with the image. I feel that on its own an image can create a statement, however often it is ambiguous what the meaning is. 

NO TITLE (First It Bends) 2003:

I picked out this piece as I found it very bold and intriguing. I like how bold the strokes are. The textures that are on the pint glass are beautiful, and I think that the artist has carefully considered line work here, making sure that the lines add tone too and shadow. I also like how the reflection has been executed, the brush extending over the water. I find it interesting how the artist has added text to the illustration. It contrasts heavily to the image as it is light and thin, in comparison to the thick, dark ink lines on the drawing. I do not particularly understand the text, however I think it is effective as usually when text is added to an image it is there to explain the image if it is ambiguous. However I think that the text just makes the image even more ambiguous – which is interesting!
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Elizabeth Peyton:

Elizabeth Peyton is an American painter/artist. A lot of her artwork is based on photographs from magazines, books, videos and personal shots. These are usually rock stars, loved ones and historical figures. Her use of a bright palette enhances her subjects, portraying them as softer and delicate. What attracted me to her work was the bright colour scheme used and the texture of the pencil marks. 

Keith (2004):

At first when I saw this image I did not automatically think that it was Keith Richards. I think that this is because I think of the older Keith Richards rather than when he was younger. I definitely feel that the brighter colour palette makes Keith Richards look a lot softer and more relaxed. The mixture of cool and warm tones (orange vs blue) gives a relaxed and calm feel to the piece. Even though the image is probably taken from a magazine as it is where Peyton gains a lot of her imagery from, his expression of contemplation adds to the delicacy and tranquility of the piece. The use of negative space is also clever, as it means that the piece is not over powering. 


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Overall I feel that looking at these pieces has inspired me to think about colour palette in particular, perhaps think more closely when creating a concept? For example planning out a palette on a piece of paper rather than diving straight in. Negative space and line work is another thing that I think that I want to consider. 




Making My Book

Tuesday 4th December

Now I had my 4 abstract pieces I started to think about making my book.


To start off with I thought about my front cover. Inspired by my quote from Saturday Night Sunday Morning,(Breaking apart my quote) I decided to apply the theme of judgement to my cover. As I wanted the content of my book to be satirical, I thought I would follow the same principal for the front cover.


Here are the thumbnails I created for my front cover. In the end I decided to go with the ‘A Respectable Book About Art’ idea as I like the fact that the title is very ambiguous. When people see the book I want them to have no idea really what the book is about until they open it. So therefore the front cover in a way is hard to judge. I also like the idea of the school notebook as it suggests that the quality of the contents is questionable – or this is what someone might think. I find this concept quite funny. 




Making My Outcome

Tuesday 4th December

After my Group Tutorial and developing my idea roughly, I just wanted to get stuck in and make the outcome as I only had a week to finalize the project. I feel that sticking within the two week time frame is important as it shows what you can create within that time limitation.

To start off with I decided that making the abstract pieces that would go in my book would be a good idea. 

Salmon Splurge:

This was the first piece I created. I did not plan it as I wanted the piece to be organic and I wanted to work the way that I did throughout Act 1&2, as I thought that my pieces were more interesting when improvised. I think that if I did try and plan my abstract pieces they would be too forced. I quite enjoyed using a lot of different mediums such as paint,glitter and oil pastel. I enjoyed mixing colours and textures as I like the contrast between the smooth paint and the waxy pastel marks. 


Modern Piece:

This was a piece I created as I wanted to experiment with something that looked a lot more controlled than the other pieces. To create this I used acrylic and gouache. I painted pieces of card and stuck them onto the page. I actually really liked this piece, however I decided in the end not to use it in my book, as it did not fit the mood of the book. I felt that all of my other pieces were quite messy and I sat and pre-drew this design. I felt that the fact that I actually drew it before I made the piece made it appear different to my others. This is why I left it out as it didn’t fit the mood. 




This piece I created late at night. I first layered on the light blue paint, and added in the glitter. I wanted to contrast the lights with some dark. Instead of completely over-powering the piece with black I decided to add some lines and curves. I think I added red in so it would contrast the blues. Inspired by Ko’s pack that I received, (which had a cropping tool) I picked out a section of the piece that I much preferred. I like both pieces as they are different. However I think that cropping  is a useful tool to bear in mind. 





Abstract 1

This is another piece that I decided to leave out of my final book. I painted each square individually. I was inspired by the abstract art that I saw at the Tate Modern. Although I quite like this piece, I decided to leave it out as again once I compiled all of my pieces it did not fit with the rest of my pieces. I wanted them to flow slightly and not contrast completely. 



For this piece I experimented a lot more with materials. To start off with I took a post-it note and placed it at the top of the page.








Visiting the Tate Modern

Sunday 2nd December

Today I visited the Tate Modern. For my final piece for Act 3 I was thinking about modern art particularly abstract art (basically all of the art that I produced throughout the course of Act 1 and 2), and how it has such a negative stigma attached to it. By this I do not mean politically or anything like that, but in the sense that a lot of ignorant people go by the mindset of ‘I could do that’ or ‘My 5 year old could do that’. Until I actually started to create art that was rather abstract, I had never considered how difficult the process actually is. Whilst creating all of the work particularly in Act 1, although I did passively create work I had to change my mindset of aiming for perfection and working to an emotion, smell, texture etc. 

SO. I thought the Tate Modern is THE  stomping ground for the self righteous  ‘I could do that’ specimen. 

Instead of finding artworks that perhaps would provoke this I sought out pieces that I liked to get an idea of has my mindset changed since starting this project?

Victor Pasmore – Abstract in White, Green, Black, Blue, Red, Grey and Pink (c1963)



Sonia Delaunay – Triptych (1963)



Saloua Raouda Choucair – Composition with Two Ovals (1951)



Jean Hélion – Abstract Composition (1934)


Looking at these pieces that I picked out, I definitely think that I would not have liked them the way I do before this project. Although I think that I would have appreciated the colours, I do not think that I would have been so excited about the composition of the pieces. I think that until you actually have a try at something, you cannot always appreciate the difficulty of it. 





Friday 30th November

To develop my final piece for Act 3 I knew that I wanted to do a survey. After my group tutorial, I really wanted to pursue the idea of a zine that mocks those who mock abstract art, and use stereotypical phrases. I thought of portraying these phrases in the format of a bingo sheet. To gain some inspiration for the sort of phrases I could use in my bingo sheets, I decided to create a survey. 

I took 5 pieces of Modern Art by Marcel Duchamp, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and William Baziotes.

These are the pieces that I included. 

Marcel Duchamp – Prelude to a Broken Arm (1915)

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Mark Rothko – Orange, Red, Orange (Date Unknown)

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Franz Kline – Herald  (1960)

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Robert Motherwell – Open Study No.17 (1968)

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William Baziotes – Dwarf (1947)

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I picked these pieces because the focus of the art is not necessarily the technical ability of the artist. I think this idea of technical ability can be a key part of whether or not someone likes a piece of art. If they believe that they could not create the piece themselves, then the piece is credible. If it looks simple, then without always knowing the concept of the art they can dismiss it quite easily. I thought it would be interesting to carry out a survey that simply focused on the art, without any context of a title, date or description. Therefore the viewer would have to focus solely on the image. 

I sent the survey out to lots of different people, including my friends, family and a group chat full of people from this course. My results were VERY varied.

Here are a few highlights for each piece:


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Although I did get some silly responses like ‘Shrek’ etc, I think it has definitely re-affirmed my thoughts about how abstract art is percieved. A common theme throughout my responses was ‘I don’t get it/how is it art’. I feel that we are in an age with the internet where everything is instantly answered within about 2 minutes, people do not have the patience for abstract art. Unless people can instantly understand something they are not interested. Unless they can go home and find the answer, they are not interested. What I have actually discovered about abstract art is that it is sort of punk. It does not have to make sense. Something that is ambiguous is refreshing, I feel that I can relax (oddly) when I look at a lateral painting as my mind can stop straining for an answer. Who cares if the technical ability is not out of this world? The whole point of these pieces of work is that they were pioneers and rebels who ignored the norm and pushed the boundaries of the art world. 

From this survey I have also learnt that if people do not understand a piece of art, to appear intelligent they might mock the work. I feel that people use that method in real life as a form of defence and to distract from their lack of understanding. Of course I realise that I cannot generalise every person that took my survey as it might be that they simply do not like the pieces. However there is a chance that this is due to a lack of understanding.