I have been making tools to draw and paint with out of natural materials and playing with using them to make marks and images etc within this project, in a recent tutorial, my tutor suggested that I should draw them. I started drawing the tools with a variety of media.
I had thought about drawing the tools before inspired by the work of Stuart Cairns but I didn’t really have a reason for doing so. As I have experimented with the tools, I have grown to see them as art objects in themselves and not just tools for creating art and so I definitely think they are worth being drawn and being used to draw with.
I decided to draw more detailed landscape drawings from the stick experiments that I produced. These landscape drawings have a deep connection to nature because they are convincing landscape images but they are taken from the shapes of twigs naturally formed in the environment. I have drawn them as I drew the Beacons inspired by John Piper. I have incorporated the mark making within them as these hieroglyphic type shapes that I have picked out from the mark making in John Piper’s Rocky Valley work were very interesting and an element that I should integrate not only into these new drawings formulated from nature but also back into my paints as they have been slightly lost and overshadowed along the way.
It is interesting that these scapes are not existing landscapes but are convincingly so, when in fact the shape of them came directly out of nature in the form of the shape of twigs. I definitely think these drawings are more intriguing as the shape of them has come from the natural shapes of natural elements themselves.
I decided to draw the landscape experiments that I created by utilising the natural form and shape of the twigs I have found. I feel that by drawing the twigs, the landscape elements of the arrangement have become even clearer. I think the drawings are visually interesting and have more of a connection to nature than if I had made drawings from a stick piece that I had tried to make look like an existing landscape. Nature has created the shape of the landscape and the shape of the skyline. The shape of the sticks is what determines the shape of the landscapes.
I feel that drawing these sticks making up landscapes has allowed me to see the scape they are making up more clearly and I will now use these drawings to make more detailed landscape drawings like I have done from the Beacons previously within this project, the difference being that nature has made up these landscape images and so they will have a deeper connection with it rather than just simply drawing what I see.
Linking my drawing as experience field option to my subject work, I decided to experiment creating drawings containing sensory representational marks that I formulated for my sensory story. Drawing the place with the sensory marks from it arguably creates a deeper connection to the nature of it and the place.
However, as drawings I don’t think they are particularly successful. I have replaced the hieroglyphic like marks inspired by John Piper’s rocky valley with sensory marks but in my other drawings I only used a few marks, rather than filling the image with them. I think I have incorporated too many sensory marks and don’t think these drawings are particularly successful. I don’t think there is any strong connection to nature here, unless the viewer was aware of my sensory work they would be insignificant. I don’t think I will be continuing with this and feel like I am trying to find ways of more deeply connecting my experience of field to my work when maybe I don’t need to. These drawings are quite forced and therefore not notable.
Continuing to experiment with my drawings and ways of creating connections to nature, I decided to experiment with Frotage. I needed to get myself back into working on my subject module after being in the field module for so long and so I went on a nature walk. It was so refreshing to be in a natural surrounding for a few hours, taking in the beauty and variety of shapes, textures and elements that exist in a nature.
As I walked I collected a variety of different objects from the natural world and used them to make rubbings from. I also rubbed tree bark as I went and things that hadn’t dropped onto the ground or I felt couldn’t be removed like moss and rocks.
I have used the frotage technique to make backdrops of natural foliage to draw on top of and work into. These drawings have a great connection to nature and place as the rubbings were done outside in nature and accurately depict the objects more so than if I drew them. I am quite fond of the outcomes, It is far more appropriate to make a background to work on top of from rubbing natural elements than just creating a wash or something similar.
You could say I have collaborated with nature here as all I did was rub crayon over the objects, the textures of nature made the drawing. I felt like I experienced nature more deeply when making these drawings. These outcomes demonstrate another way of connecting nature to my work and another technique on my journey of experimentation. I have quite a substantial body of work building that I am really excited about and I am keen to get back into subject and into the studio and get painting again and developing my ideas.
I am really enjoying experimenting and exploring with a variety of ways of connecting nature into my artwork. I think I have found myself in this project and a natural element is going to be a theme that continues within my work for years to come. It is highly important to experiment and explore varied techniques and processes, mostly for me so I can bring what I have learnt together, discount some things and include others when thinking about making a final outcome for this body of work.
Here, I have experimented with Drawing my landscape sketches onto handmade nature paper. Here it isn’t the drawing or marks I have made that contain an element of the natural world, it is the paper itself that I am drawing onto. It doesn’t have to be the tool I use or the medium, nature can also be included into the surface I work on. Obviously, paper and wood board already have a connection to nature as they originated naturally but I wanted to take that further and I think the outcomes are interesting.
I definitely think you feel a sense of being in a natural surrounding when you look at them and get a sense of the relationship between the drawing and the natural foliage. I think this was a successful experiment, It could be exciting to make lots of paper with nature included and bind it into a book or draw on it in my sketchbook but instead of catching the natural elements floating on the top, I could actually blend them into the pulp.
After a recent tutorial, my tutor mentioned that my hieroglyphic like mark making in my drawings inspired by the work of John Piper reminded her of Van Gogh’s Drawings and thought I should look at them for reference. I have always been interested in mark making in drawing and the different ways that artist’s have represented texture in their drawings.
I developed my own kind of marks from the lines and shapes I saw within John Piper’s rocky valley, it is of use to be introduced to artist’s work that is built up of marks and contextualizes my drawings.