New Medium - Painting with Urgency
WEEK ONE - ZEN
Starting off a year long project that focuses on creating for the sake of learning and growing, I thought it would be best to dig into a medium that is both foreign to me and also places a focus on eliminating stress. This medium is thought to be peaceful and instill a sense of urgency as well. It is a kind of paining, but nothing like I've worked with in the past - it's temporary. It helps with focus. It pulls from physical pressure and feeling.
For this first week, I looked and was inspired by the line art from Henri Matisse in his early years. It's loose yet intentional. That's how I wanted these first creations to feel.
In order to photograph them in a consistent atmosphere, I chose to limit myself to a single location in one day for four straight hours. I decided that the best 12 creations I made during this period would be the ones I show in the piece. To be completely honest, I don't feel that these are objectively good. However, while creating the zen-like paintings, I felt at peace and in a world that pushed me to be better and keep going. That was my initial goal for this week and also for the rest of the year. I'm excited and glad to have kicked off this year with having made something and not simply consumed.
Another major point of this new body of work I'll be making throughout this year (and hopefully the rest of my life) is to made them into case studies for future work that applies to both this new medium and others that it could impact. That said, here are some tangible aspects of control that I used during this that helped set a great mood for creating.
Music: Sampha & Daniel Caesar
Light: Modeling lamp from Profoto B2
Smell: Lavender Essential Oils
Inspiration: Henri Matisse line paintings
Approach for painting: Focus on balance of light and heavy strokes
Approach for photographing paintings: f/5.6, 1/125 shutter, and 100 ISO. No Ambient Light. Profoto B2 @ 6.0 w/ 2' octabox.
Practical lesson learned: Shoot in Kelvin for white balance to maintain consistency even more. Auto WB doesn't stay the same shot-to-shot and adjusting in post changes the exposure and color in a way that doesn't keep everything the same.