Sometimes we forget to take a closer look at what’s right on our doorstep. I live very close to a beautiful park (not to be dismissed in the London smog) but often forget it’s there and don’t make time to enjoy it. Here are some of the best shots taken on a rainy day using a 50mm prime lens to create a small depth of field, really focusing on the smaller details and blurring out the background.
This is quite an easy project to try and can produce some great results. In the first image you can see I’ve used my viewfinder to focus on a particular section of the secondary source photo (a useful tool to zoom in on finer details). I then carried out a watercolour study of this using a mixture of techniques such wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet to add colour and tone to my painting. On the right you can see where I’ve started to draw into styrofoam in order to create a polyblock print inspired by the image. Although my painting is quite realistic, I wanted my print to be more abstract so kept it as a line drawing, adding in patterns such as swirls, dashes and dots to make it more interesting.
The best thing about this type of printing is that you can use your styrofoam print again and again, testing out different colour combinations with both the inks and the paper/material you decide to print onto.
If you want to develop your prints even more, you can try combining them by collaging two prints together like the one on the right.
My inspiration was an image of a flower, but you can choose to print just about anything that interests you!
Now and again it can be good to look at things from a different angle. I didn’t have a fancy camera on me when it came to taking this shot but I think my iPhone 6 has done it justice- the perfect shot could be anywhere at anytime! I actually took this inside The Hive sculpture/ installation at Kew Gardens, which is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been before.
Visiting Tate Britain a week later, I was still playing with this idea of looking up. Although the design of the Hive was certainly inspired by nature, I think it’s interesting that the repetitive lines and patterns are also present in the the ceiling of the museum, although maybe this was more of a question of the fashion at the time when it was built.
Both of these images were made by editing two of my photos using layer masks on Photoshop. I had the idea of mixing the ocean image with the church door a while ago (personally I find the two places signify calm) so it was a sense of achievement to finally execute it.
Here are some quick pattern experiments I made using Photoshop. First I used different image adjustments and blending modes to layer my photographs, and then I used the splice tool to mirror the sections. I like the idea of taking photos of everyday things- like trees or buildings- and manipulating them digitally until they become something more abstract.
My name is Miss Cole and I’m an artist and (as you can probably tell by my name) an art teacher, currently based in London. I decided to create this blog as a way to keep in touch with my practice, in addition to testing out new ideas to help inspire my pupils. If you’re reading this, I hope you find some of what I post useful and that in turn it may inspire you on your own creative journey!