Saturday, 29 January 2011

Space Seeking

Today whilst visiting the hanging rabbits, I took a different route to normal and have found some potential new spaces to work in. Hollow buildings, ruins, architectural structures that I personally found exciting, here they are...

Returning to the Rabbits

Today I took the walk to visit the rabbits to look at their state now that a few days have passed, interestingly they were in much the same state as I had left them, a little dryer perhaps but not much change. I find it fascinating that an animal hasn't attempted to eat them. I shall return in a few more days to see if there is any change...

I particularly think this image works well...

Friday, 28 January 2011

Flower Factory

Today I decided to bring in to the studio my collection of dried and decomposing flowers and added the flowers used to draw and paint from earlier in the week. I then replaced the now dead flowers with fresh ones; I hope to continue this process, until I make a decision as to what to do with them.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Picture of Flowers Studied...


I tried today to document the flowers before they dies but also explore charcoal, using soft, compressed and graphite and chalk to work with. I began by experimenting with the materials before moving onto a study on thick tracing paper which I would like to continue to explore further. In particular the idea that the image can potentially be shown from either side of the paper and also naturally illuminates when placed against a white wall.


Tuesday was the afternoon of artists being 'artists'. As a group we met as we had the week prior, sitting down with paper and charcoal/pen and drew Jack dressed in a blow up doll outfit that he had made himself. Interestingly the drawings came out very cubist and were reminiscent of Picasso's style. It made us wonder if he had been looking at blow up dolls. The lack of light and definition on the face of the doll caused difficulty as a face would have shadow, and definition. Having said that I felt more at ease drawing the doll due to not worrying about the structure so much. There is certainly a lesson there with how I should approach life drawing in the future.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Hanging Rabbits

I took the rabbits as well as the birds with me to the centre of the woods, tied a piece of string around each of their necks and hung them from the tree I chose. I then documented them hanging and turning round and round.


Floating Pigeons

Today I went to the woods and washed four wood pigeon that I had been given to by Brian from NOBs. I decided to try the action of washing in the lake as an experiment to see what it would look like. I filmed it as well as taking still images.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Male Hands and Female Pheasants

Continuing with making works with the game I decided to be the other side of the camera and document the male participant preparing two female pheasants, here are some photo stills from the piece:

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Plucking Pheasants

Yesterday my partner collected some birds and rabbits from Brian from NOBs for me in order that I can work with them in front of the camera. I began this evening by setting up a still life view with the help of my partner as I wanted us both to work together for a piece. He took the female pheasant and I the male and we each began the process of preparing the birds. We began my plucking them and then moved on to cutting and removing the insides in order for them to be ready to cook. Once I got to the stage of cutting the wings off I found them incredibly tough, in fact the whole process was far more strenuous than expected, I knew it would be difficult but didn’t expect the strength needed. Or perhaps I’m just not very strong. So, as the piece progressed I needed to silently ask for assistance from my partner, which can only add to the piece. I shall have to look at the footage and go from there.
Here are some images photographed, video stills to come: