Quite an exciting challenge. Also a little scary because I haven't had much success with my forays into abstraction. In a sense, this shouldn't be that different from the other assignments we've had, because, in essence, each assignment's subject/objective has been to use the subject as an excuse to make an interesting painting. This idea might help me out actually ;)
I'm choosing Turner's "Fighting Temeraire . . ." as my reference painting.
|J.M. William Turner, The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up|
A quick analysis:
-composition: relies on triangles (around the two main vessels) and directional lines (horizon line, bow-lines, clouds motion, reflections etc.)
-value: mostly low key except in the main compositional areas
-colour: mostly sombre blues with fiery sunset oranges, browns, yellows
Initial responses to this study is to create a vertical work as an opposite-reference to the landscape format. I think I'm going to create a lattice of triangles or diagonal lines from which I can pick out a gradation of hues that lead up to a cressendo of light and dark contrast. I'm going to try a few things inspired by Rothko and Marden.
|Brice Marden, Couplet IV, 1988-1989|
|Mark Rothko, No. 61, 1953|