Week five in the studio:
Very mild this week but absolutely throwing it down, I arrived wet and my coat was still wet when I left in the afternoon. I’m writing another post on the Doncaster Art Fair that interrupted my building. Today I wanted to treat the leaves so they can retain colour and paint out more of the big drawing.
First I painted in the leaves in the big drawing with Indian ink, then I treated the leaves with PVA and then painted over the big drawing with more white. I only took photographs at the end for reference so these go around the space.
right wall one
right wall two
left wall one
left wall two
The very light wall taken down further to facilitate projection.
Wednesday started badly, it was chucking it down and the walk to the studio was very unpleasant. I didn’t really know where to start so I set up the light and put the heater on to dry my shoes.
first I turned the leaves which were dry on top but still wet underneath.
Then I dug out the sketch books and did some work on the garden sculptures.
These are sketches towards stand alone sculptures but also inform the look and feel of the space, particularly the right hand wall, opposite the projection wall.
I then cut the wood I prepared last week, or the week before, to build small sculptures exploring the garden in Balby.
The second picture taken with flash to emphasise how dark it was at that point.
I rounded the day off by painting the projection wall out more and resolving to purchase small stepladders.
Friday was a better day weather wise and therefore lighter.
The leaves were dry so I set out to put fishing line across the space and then hang sets of them.
fishing line as ceiling
Putting the line in and then stringing the leaves took me most of the day and I ended up with this
I did some work on the sketchbooks and thought about the effect I wanted for the leaves in the space, is it getting too busy?
I won’t be here next week so that will give me time to think about what I want from the space and also to work on the projection – in sketchbooks and mentally. I still need stepladders and I need to get the computer and webcams down to the site.