Invention and mystery- exercise 1.4

For this exercise I have combined two objects together physically to make one sculptural form to draw from. I started sketching with grafite as I changed the objects position for study purposes and to find out what you please me aesthetically . I drew in many sizes from A4 to A3 paper. In plain sketch paper to watercolour paper. I could not work on a super form or create a new image form what I was observed but this exercise had a good flow of capturing and reinforce the balance between the shapes and forms I have chosen.

my two chosen objects


The ink drawing were more fluidic in transforming and blending the two objects together but the grafite sketches gave me a better idea of shadow and how to position one to another. I am not sure if I can confirm that I understood the concept of “occlusion” for this exercise. I have searched the meaning of the word itself which has no connection with art and  makes very hard for me to associate with these exercises.

Reflection on exercise 1.4 – Invention and mystery

I found this exercises a bit confusing after researching William Blake and Henry Moore. I tend to keep one artist in mind for the exercises when I start each contextual research and in this case I don’t find much connection between the two artists. William Blake deals with supernatural, spiritual images. Imagination and dream alike world. Henry Moore is sculptures with new concepts, abstraction and interest in forms. Human figures is a strong point when I see his work. Maybe the exercise of using fluidic media using objects brings the act of drawing to a more imaginative and inventive level? I felt that looking at ordinary objects and trying to draw with fluidic media made me concern about many things: shape, form, space, meaning, approach, execution and concentration.   I like couple of at the drawings very much for its form and tone. I don’t know if they have any meaning or objective at all. I was trying to understand the process more than give it a meaningful result. It was not one of my favourite exercises but I think it always brings me some experience and knowledge to my artistic points of view.

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The two images above somehow has brought me a sense of body, presence and beauty. I cannot explain why or if it matches this exercise criteria. It had a good flow and spontaneity in it. It would be what I would like to achieve if it was to become sculptures.The first image has a glossy feeling in it and makes me visualise a black shinny material to achieve it. The second one is about how the egg didn’t balance on the centre of the box , it brought a differential to the structure and the colour red made the egg stand out in a very good way!

Experimenting with dynamic gesture- exercise 1.3

For this exercise I thought I could explore construction sites as it has a very interesting amount of lines and reminds me of some Franz Kline artwork. I couldn’t simplify the way I wanted and capture just main lines. I decided to take something simpler and started sketching my easel.


These are some of my sketches of construction sites and then a study of how an easel looks in different angles. It is easy to sketch with charcoal on paper but I would never thought it would be so hard to use a wet on wet technique and produce something “Franz Kline” style.


I use acrylic paint on paper, starting with the black image and then tried to carve the outlines with white paint and vice versa without letting it dry. I really struggled with this exercise. The white and black didn’t quite stay separate. Before this drawing I made three other ones that finished up becoming a big grey blotch. This one is at least an image that make some sense.


I am not sure which exercise worked better. I couldn’t feel it. I couldn’t quite achieve the dynamic gesture required. I liked trying the exercise but I don’t think the outcome was successful at all! The wet on wet instead of creating layer blended, giving a messy and unclear look.

Reflection on exercise 1.3 – Experimenting with dynamic gesture

I feel that I have really struggled with this exercise. I like the concept and I loved seen and researched about Franz Kline’s style and technique . I think I could have achieved better results If I had the chance to make it in big scale- I mean bigger than A1 size paper or canvas like he did or maybe using different  materials. The only water based paints I have ever worked with are watercolour and acrylic. Franz Kline use to work with Enamel paint and it might bring a completely different result to what I have used. I tried hard to be expressive and paint something abstract but the outcome is not what I had in mind. I find abstract very challenging because I tend to draw things exactly as I see and with details which completely depicts what is the way it is. I wonder if I don’t tell anyone that my painting is a easel it would take another meaning. I like having had a goal and understanding how wet on wet works not only in this exercise but the other two exercises for this Part 1. It is quite difficult have a strong and confident brush stroke like Kline’s. I believe I can have a similar approach with charcoal but brush strokes is something that I like to use softly in very curvy and planned ways. I think this way of approaching drawing can bring a completely different and surprising result of what was read initially in terms of image. I think the only parts that worked in this exercise is when some layer left marks in grey between white spaces. That gives me the Franz Kline style, expressive and dynamic.



Fluid media – exercise 1.2

Exercise 1.2 – Using fluid media to add tone.



I used watercolour on paper for this drawing. In a wet base I drew the sky and buildings very loosely. After it was dried I use marker pen as counterpoint  adding details. I think the result is nice, the underpainting formed more shades and shapes for the building and the counterpoint gave it a sharp and clean finish.


This time it was wet on wet in watercolour paper. I did about two or three layers without waiting it to dry. Both drawing look quite interesting . I like the first one’s neatness and clear line details but the second one has a nice feel for its wet and blotchy ends. I felt better doing the first one, I like the idea of letting it dry and add counterpoint details afterwards. The second drawing I wasn’t sure it would work as the surface was pretty wet and I didn’t want the ink to lose its shape. Overall it another exercise and experience in exploring drawing media.

Reflection on exercise 1.2- Using fluid media to add tone

I didn’t enjoy these exercises as much as I did Louise the Borgeois based research  exercises. I didn’t understand much the connection between these drawings and Geraldine Swayne style and technique. I can handle and I like watercolour and fluidic media very much. this exercise just  reaffirmed that is a media that I really enjoy working with. Using monochrome technique is also very good for developing a good image. It is just plain a simple and easier to analyse the outcome when it is done. Colours and elaborated drawings can be distracting and since I am researching and learning more about certain artists and their styles and techniques , the monochrome images gave me more insight of what I have absorbed in my practises and understanding. I liked the two drawing I made in different ways. Sometimes adding details is good and sometimes just let it flow without thinking of details can also be a good thing.


Fluid media – exercise 1.1

Exercise 1.1 – Experimenting with immediacy and fluid line

Doing this exercise after Researching about Louise Borgeois work was a very natural and spontaneous process. I have chosen “L’ infini” series of drawing she did in 2008, which is suggestive as both unmapped expanse and life cycle. I just fell in love with her and her work after the first video I watched. More I read about her, more fascinated I become with her ways of working and how it  translated in her art with so much feelings and emotions. I think I am also a very emotional person and interesting enough that is how I try to represent it in my art. My shapes, colours and subjects all depends of what is happening with my life or around me. Working with fluid media feels like it is my element. I like to let my thoughts flow on paper and besides charcoal- that gives me a more energetic movement, any other fluidic media suits mostly my state of mind and how I pour my emotions onto paper.



Among the series of 20 drawing, the six above were the most intriguing and interesting. I like how it describes my way of thinking with so much going on in my head at the same time, all the time. It has something to do with  electrical wires buzzing when they touch one another . It also reminds me the inside of my body (  I am guessing it is something similar). My guts, my veins, my cells, my two pregnant bellies on top right. It was an amazing experience trying this technique and to see the outcome of it.

Two days after this exercise, I had some family issues. I felt so helpless, sad and angry at the same time. I did another series of drawing and the result was very intense and emotional.

A dor – “the pain”

These drawings were made in black Chinese ink and red watercolour in watercolour paper. I am pleased with how I have being able to exteriorise my emotions through drawings. It has been a therapeutic experience as well as another learning curve towards drawing and exploring drawing media.

Reflection– Exercise 1.1 – Experimenting with immediacy and fluid line

I had an awkward start for the first exercise. It was as if I should have had a plan and not just start with an unknown spontaneity. I wanted to let it flow but the first three sheets of paper had just some irregular lines, there was nothing that I could feel or evolve with. By then I think I acquired a certain rhythm and everything came to make sense!!! It was a great flow, feelings started to come out! I had a fresh memory of  “L’infini” drawing series from Louise Borgeois and the meaning of life cycle started taking shape in my mind, in my own ways. Sometimes I felt like splattering the paint, sometimes I just watched big drops falling on paper…It was magical. The day after I went back to see it and I had to rearranged in a certain order, like the chapters of a book. I could some how understand the order that at first was different, and I think after I used the counterpoint dry media, it all made more sense like I had the ideas jotted down in fluidic paint and the counterpoint was a refinement for each drawing. Sometimes I had the urge to write but I am not very comfortable using writing in my drawings. I love the idea of it,  but it is something very new to me. Maybe it is a pre concept that drawing and writing does not go together! I want to write more with my drawings, I want to let my thoughts out not only in shapes and forms . The fact the English is not my first language my influences it and I should try it in my mother tongue. Food for thought I guess. This exercise overall had an amazing effect in how to develop more my drawing skills. It has taken me to see my ability to express myself to a completely different level. Louise Borgeois is a very inspiring artist and knowing how she directed her art has been such a great lesson . I related so much to her as a woman and the amount of emotions and intensity she had in doing art. Many times I feel the same way. Some drawings I want to go slowly and delicate, using fine lines, soft tones, in others I want to splat paint, use more black colour, make something dark. It is an endless learning process the willingness to develop my own art. As Louise Borgeois said: ” It is a privilege to be an artist”.