Sunday, 31 May 2015

The next round!

I had been wondering about suggesting this idea when Hilary's Nicholson piece confirmed that it can work so here is something to consider for our next round  - how about we each suggest an artwork, 2D or 3D, to use as a starting point?

20 comments:

  1. I like it too, though I think that Hilary has a head start on the rest of us!

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  2. fabulous
    it gets my vote
    now to find my sewing studio to do this month's piece - we moved 10 days ago................

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  3. What if we propose an artist rather than a single piece? It would give a wider range to the work produced and give us more flexibility about choosing our inspiration.

    And would we include only modern, say 1880's forward? If I had to base my work on an Old Master or earlier I would feel that I was just going through the motions.

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  4. I agree with Heather - 20th Century artists (why 1880 - who have you got in mind?). It will be a good way to review an artist's work and see what he/she is about.

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    1. I was thinking of artists like Seurat and Van Gogh and other post-Impressionists, but I am quite content to restrict the choice to the 20th century.

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  5. This idea has great potential. I'm in. I also go with Heather's time frame. I think this could be such a good exercise at really looking at a piece of art (painting, ceramics, glass, wood, concrete...).
    And don't worry about me as I won't be choosing the point of inspiration and will have to go with the flow. Thanks Linda.

    Hilary

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  6. I love this idea. Maybe we could work with a larger size for at too?

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    1. Not too much bigger please (like A3 for example). I like the thought of changing the format. Did you have a size in mind, Helena?

      Hilary (who is making the plea from a self-knowledge point of view as someone who is always leaving things to the last minute and would struggle to complete a large piece...)

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    2. I too would like to work bigger. It is important to me that the size we work with fits well onto standard gallery canvas. Right now I'm using 10" x 12" canvas for my 8.5" x 11" challenges. Canvas is available in 11" x 14", 12" x 16", 14" x 18", 16" x 20" and larger. A3 is 11.69 x 16.53.

      At some point, Hilary, perhaps you could design one of your polls so we could all have input on these aspects of topic and size.

      And thank you, Linda B., for suggesting this idea to the group.

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  7. oops I meant to type size format

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  8. I too like this. I think I would prefer us to use a single piece rather than just the artist; though it's more restrictive it could give a more interesting range of interpretations. And we're not restricted to finding our information in their subject matter - how about the colours they used, or a modern interpretation of a small detail within the picture - are we?

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    1. I agree with Linda here - leaving the how and what part we chose to interpret for our piece to each of us - the challenge.

      Hilary

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  9. I really like Heather's idea. I'm in. We did a similar idea as a challenge in our Textile Art Group which worked really well. Our theme was to do a piece interpreting our impression of the/an artist's work. Some of the work produced was so interesting, as everyone has a different 'take' on the artist's work. It was one of the most enjoyable pieces I have worked on and loved every moment. I also like the idea of changing the size, it adds more to the challenge as well.

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  10. I had in mind a single piece of work rather than an artist. I like the restriction of working from someone else s choice but more importantly - I would spend far too long reviewing a whole body of work if I was looking at an artist for inspiration.
    I'm happy to work a bit larger, and like working square though any 2:3 ratio is fine. I have not enjoyed A4!

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  11. My concern with the single work is two-fold: I'm afraid that all of the results will look very similar, and I am reluctant to be limited to a single work of someone else's choosing. I too would like to work larger, and would be okay with a square or a 3:4 ratio. (To work with a canvas, the dimensions don't need to conform exactly. For example, the current 8.5 x 11 works with a 10 x 12 canvas.) Some considerations to chew on.

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  12. I too like the idea of working a bit bigger as most of the pièces I have been doing in the last few years have been small and I could do with woking on larger scale for a change.. I have never tried using an artist's work as inspiration and like the idea of trying something new. I have been finding that these challenges have made be come up with things I would never have tried otherwise. As to whether we should work from a single piece of work or an artist, could we not compromise and work from a selection of works by an artist?

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  15. Wow, a lot has transpired in my absence! I too would like to work bigger perhaps 11X14. It was a stretch at first but is now a size I like a lot. I would be happy with any 3:4 ratio. As for the inspiration for our pieces I find that it would be good to have a twist thrown in with the colour but would prefer that it be a surprise each time, like a haiku that we each write about a word or a few chosen works to investigate. This way we would have a restriction but would still be able to keep ourselves fluid to incoming inspiration in the process. I am very process driven and so in this way it keeps my options open while presenting me with a challenge. Just some thoughts.

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