Fine Arts. My first experimental Oil painting Portrait.


I began studying a fine arts degree at the university at Blackburn college, in late November 2021. After my first lesson in Portrait oil painting, I learnt the technique of the use of a grid, using the same grid on a reference picture and on the Canvas made it much easier to get the size and scale of the sketch drawing onto canvas ready for adding a wash ( oil paint mixed with white spirit to dilute for a transparent background which compliments the oil paint colours that are to be layered on top.

Oil painting pallete.. 🎨

Portraits. Oil painting

Research.

Tai-shan Schierenberg.

In my research I found some amazing portraits by British born, contemporary artist Tai-shan Schierenberg, I really loved his style of paintings. below are a few examples of some of the artwork hes created in his portraits.

Portrait of Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate (Artist- Tai-Shan Schierenberg, born in 1962 England Uk)
Oil on Canvas
National Portrait  Gallery, London.
Capitaine, 2015, Oil on canvas (Tai-Shan Schierenberg b,1962, London) picture source taken from Tai-Shan Flowers gallery

Tai Shan Schierenberg lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1987 and in 1989 won first prize in the National Portrait Gallery’s John Player Portrait Award. He was then commissioned to paint Sir John Mortimer for the Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery also holds his portraits of Lord Carrington from 1994, Lord Sainsbury, 2002 and most recently Seamus Heaney from 2004. Other noted commissions include Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir John Madejski and a double portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

For Schierenberg, there is an emotional charge that comes from the different textures and densities, and ultimately the light conditions, that occur in a place at a certain time. He describes his process in 2010:

Painting and painting and painting, endlessly exploring ideas in paint on canvas, always painting my way. Finding that over time I can’t see the trees for the paint. Sometimes it’s good to try a new way, a different path, expose oneself to the vagaries of chance – and see the trees again.

Tai-shan Schierenberg ( born 1962 London) Biography flowers Gallery.

My first oil painting.

In my first exploration with oil painting and portraits, I decided to use this reference picture of my son. As I’m very proud of him and missing him, I wanted to paint his face as it brought comfort to me in the first few weeks of him leaving home.

Reference picture, taken by Dillon Stringer (my son) of himself. First day at AFC Harrogate Army College. 29/08/2021 at Harrogate army college. Reference grid in red.

Canvas painted, with grid drawn out using pen and a ruler, ready to sketch reference picture (left)
The beginning of my sketching, using a graphite 2b pencil. The grid is such a useful tool in painting. One of the many things, which I have appreciated learning.
Outer lines sketched ready for oil painting.
Adding the depth/ darkness in.

After I put a wash on the background with burnt umber oil paint and white spirit diluted to make the paint thinner and sort of transparent, I began going in with a falt number 3 brush, putting in the darker depth with French ultramarine blue oil paint.

Adding in all the darker tones first into the portrait (Regrettably I forgot to take the picture before, I added the lighter tones)

I started adding the lighter tones into the painting with brush strokes with a flat number 3 brush and a mixture of cadmium yellow burnt umber, cadmium red, titanium white and yellow ochre oil paints.

Welcome to my student Fine art Degree Blog.


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There may be some old makeup entries from my level 3 theatrical fashion,special effects,hair and media makeup course, back from 2019-2021.

Also, please bare with me as I work my way around using this website forum, as its new to me!

Fine Arts BA (hons)2021-2024- Jemma Laing.

Myself- Jemma Laing, wearing my own makeup art work.
Makeup artists
Hairstylist
Current Fine arts Student

Research….

Cindy Sherman

CINDY SHERMAN, ARTIST AND MODEL

After alot of researching 2D 3D art forms of all themes and various media, I came up with a few ideas, for my creation of a 3D art piece that represents or is symbolic to me.

This research has got me intrigued and has inspired me with alot of ideas. I am particularly interested in the Sfx (special effects) makeup industry and I have various qualifications within that industry, alot of people I know, think that my makeup work is mainly glamour and sparkle but it’s not only those services in Makeup art that soothes me as an artist within that media. I’d like to use this is my production in a 3D/5D art piece.

Cindy Sherman

I was advised to research this artist and I’m so pleased to have done so, as I find it uplifting and awesomely unique that the artist Cindy Sherman uses herself to create her art form. What a fantastic canvas to use ones self! Cindy Sherman’s work is quite admirable to me and I’d like to create an art piece using myself adding various elements of mixed media.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #359, 200 (left) #299 1994 (right) courtesy of the Artist and metro pictures, New York

picture- Cindy Sherman, Untitled #355 (left) 2000, Courtesy of the Artist and Metro pictures, New York. (right) #360

” The Work is what it is and hopefully it’s seen as feminist-advised work, But I’m not going to go around Espousing theoratical bullsh*t About feminist stuff” ~ Cindy Sherman,2003

Artist Cindy Sherman is an American Photographer and Artist who established her decades-long career by focusing her work on a very specific person- herself!- by Jackie Zimmermann, April 11, 2021 Awomensthing.org/blog

I’d like to transform myself using media makeup, textiles, paint, amd I’m playing around with different Ideas, for artistic props to make in pottery, to hold or even wear within this 3D piece.

Actors transforming into Van Gogh’s paintings.

One of my findings within my research on this is that of Actors being transformed using media makeup techniques into some of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, in an animated movie called “Loving Vincent”.

Here are a few examples

Douglas Booth as Armand Roulin|Image credit: Breakthru Productions and Good Deed Entertainment.

https://scroll.in/reel/851787/watch-vincent-van-goghs-paintings-come-to-life-in-film-on-the-great-artist

Eleanor Tomlinson as Adeline Ravoux|Image credit: Breakthru Productions and Good Deed Entertainment.

Grayson Perry.

Grayson Perry’s” Mum and Dad” 1993
Contained anger, by Grayson Perry
I watched many videos on the YouTube – The Pottery Wheel. As I had never made a coil pot before I found this so very interesting. (screenshot I took of the first video I watched, by The Pottery Wheel YouTube channel.

Experimental practices with ceramics.

Planter made with soft clay. Thumb pot.

With this, I took a piece of soft clay, I rolled it in my hands into a ball, then with my thumb I pushed a hole through the top of the ball of clay and used the pinching method to pinch with thumb inside and finger. All along on the outer layer of the thumb pot. I did this all around until the desired shape. Then with a metal comb I stroked and pressed out lines, then left to dry and put in the kilne (hot oven type device for firing clays).

Clay Thumb pot planter before firing.
thumb pot planter made with soft clay then fired in a kilne at …. degrees

This planter was inspired by a book in my tutor Bill Kelly’s workshop, i will refer back to which book when im back in class.

yet to be painted, made for putting little cactus plants inside.

I painted this with the underglaze slip, they were meant to be neon colours but I think the kilne was at too high a temperature.

Tile & Tile mould

Clay tile

A mould made for a clay made ceramic tile design .

My Tile made with plaster of paris.

yet to be painted, I aim to get this painted and fired.

‘No Straight Lines’

Coil pot.

coil pot vase, before design and paint.
A sculpted out design on coil pot vase, practising with coil clay, This piece I’ve named ‘no straight lines’

With coil clay, I made a round base for the bottom of this experimental Vase, I then measured with a peice of string the circumference of the base, and use the same length of string as reference for the coils of clay, and cut the coils to size. I scored the underneath part of the coil and the base of the vase, and painted slip on to stick it down then smoothed the edges, and repeated this process until I got the height I needed. I then with my thumbs and fingers made the top of the vase a wiggly shape. I tried to get the vase as equal all around and smoothed out ready to dry, then paint and fire.

My coil vase painted in black underglaze before being fired.

I added yellow to the rim of the vase I like the contrast between the black and yellow.

Thumb pots ready for the kilne to be fired

The workshop kilne.
The stonewear glaze I used after painting the pebble planter. I am not a fan of how this piece turned out after being fired. The colours have gone very faint and mucky looking.
Coil vase in painting process

Practise for my planned 3D ceramics peice.

One of two thumb pots made with soft clay to join together and make a head like shape.
The other thumb pot ready to be joined to the previous one.
Thumb pots joined and smoothed out the joins, patted it with a wooden paddle to get a better shape. Then added a peice of clay and sculpted it into a nose.
The joined thumb pots with added facial features in a
Hair added, I want to improve the ear ands add a mouth. The hair won’t work as the ends will break off, so I rectified this.
The ears are not to my liking or on balance to one and other. I hadn’t created a mouth at this point. I had also recognised that the ends of the hair would most probably snap off, so adapted that.

I worked on the ears a little and pierced them as they’ll have real earrings hopefully. I also left a cavity in a line above the eyes for some fake eyelashes.

Beginning of confirmed final Piece

The beginning of the coil pot I have began to create.
I am going to add more height and bring the clay up and out, more rounder shaped in the middle then going further upwards, reducing the circumference to a thinner one than that of the middle.. going up into a thinner neck.
I laid out slabs of clay that i had rolled flat and shaped them inside a bowl to create a rounded look, I intend to join both of them and create a better version of my previous experimental self representational sculpture. The Idea was given to me by my ceramics tutor. I hope it works!
Scoring the clay with a metal comb tool, before adding slip to join more clay onto this piece.
The rough beginnings, when the height and shape is to my plan, the clay will be smoothed out using a rubber kidney bean shaped tool, which will give the outer hape a much more perfected smoother form. Then i can fire it and begin adding mixed media to create and paint my planned design onto .
progression?.. in progress….
I made my own slip which is clay mixed with water for joining clay to clay.
I shaped the face a little more with a metal. Sculpture tool around the cheek bones and chin, I made a bit of a dent in the head handling this piece which was later rectified. I also changed the ends of the hair to a more solid part of the sculpture so it did not snap off after being fired in the kilne.

Studio B- Portraiture

Performing Arts Research.

Marina Abramovic.

Within My research on performance artists, I came across one of the worlds most famous performance artists, Serbian Performer – Marina Abramovic who is a conceptual and performing artist, philanthropist, writer and film-maker who employs duration,pain,danger, exhaustion and viewer participation.

One of the most interesting and quite frankly in my personal opinion haunting, shocking, surreal findings of Marina Abramovic’s art work is that of the piece named- Rhythm 0 pictured below.

Marina Abramovic, Rhythm O, Studio Morra, Naples, Italy.1974

In Studio morra, Naples, Italy in the year 1974 Artist Marina Abramovic left instructions for the viewers present at the studio. The instructions read as follows ” There are 72 objects on the table, that one can use on me as desired. Performance. I am the object. During this period I take full responsibility” (Marina Abramovic-MoMa)

Some of the Objects Marina Abramovic chose to to include on the table were, a rose, a gun and a single bullet, nails, an axe, kitchen knives, scissors, a hammer,perfume, chains, feather duster.

Once all the items were laid on the table Marina Abramovic stood still in the room without speaking or moving. Viewers gathered around the table, amongst the various objects, they began to apply the various objects to her body in anyway they desired.

The 6 hour performance, Rhythm O was created through the actions of the audience, and the lack of motion or movement from the artist Marina, also the 72 objects on the table provided for the Gallery.

Marina Abromović, Rhythm O, in 1974, Studio m orra, naples Italy. The artist Marina and an audience member wiping away the artist Marina Abromović’s tears.
Marina Abromović, Rhythm O, 1974, Naples, Italy. After her studio audience used the objects. Featuring Marina’s real blood and tears!

“Art is not just about another beautiful painting, that matches your dining room floor. ART has to be disturbing, art has to ask question, art has to predict the future”

Marina Abramovic,(serbian 1946)Moma chair for the spirit chair for man.

Alastair Maclennan.

In my research I found Alastair Maclennan(1943,Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) one of Britain’s major practitioner of live art/performance art. In This artists work I found a distinctive form of performance art which he terms ‘actuations’ (art360.org) ,but hisatristic practise embraces drawing,installation and the use of found objects, materials and artifacts, that are very often combined within his actuations.

“A primary function of art is to bridge our mental and physical worlds. Through crass materialism we’ve reduced art to cultural real estate. ‘Actual’ creativity can be neither bought nor sold, though it’s husks, shells and skins often are. It’s possible in art to use meta systems without over-reliance on physical residue and attendant marketplace hustling, jockeying and squabbling.”

Alastair MacLennan(1943,Blair,Atholl,Perthshire, Scotland) High performance magazine, 1984, ameclennen-archive

Below is an example of Alastair Maclennan’s work.

Alastair MacLennan (1943,Blair, Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) Alchemist. Still taken from video. A MacLennan-archives. 2010

Performing Arts practise.

Ceramics Sculpture and 3D experimental practices.


Research On Performance artist.

Cindy Sherman

CINDY SHERMAN, ARTIST AND MODEL

After alot of researching 2D 3D art forms of all themes and various media, I came up with a few ideas, for my creation of a 3D art piece that represents or is symbolic to me.

This research has got me intrigued and has inspired me with alot of ideas. I am particularly interested in the Sfx (special effects) makeup industry and I have various qualifications within that industry, alot of people I know, think that my makeup work is mainly glamour and sparkle but it’s not only those services in Makeup art that soothes me as an artist within that media. I’d like to use this is my production in a 3D/5D art piece.

Cindy Sherman

I was advised to research this artist and I’m so pleased to have done so, as I find it uplifting and awesomely unique that the artist Cindy Sherman uses herself to create her art form. What a fantastic canvas to use ones self! Cindy Sherman’s work is quite admirable to me and I’d like to create an art piece using myself adding various elements of mixed media.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #359, 200 (left) #299 1994 (right) courtesy of the Artist and metro pictures, New York

picture- Cindy Sherman, Untitled #355 (left) 2000, Courtesy of the Artist and Metro pictures, New York. (right) #360

” The Work is what it is and hopefully it’s seen as feminist-advised work, But I’m not going to go around Espousing theoratical bullsh*t About feminist stuff” ~ Cindy Sherman,2003

Artist Cindy Sherman is an American Photographer and Artist who established her decades-long career by focusing her work on a very specific person- herself!- by Jackie Zimmermann, April 11, 2021 Awomensthing.org/blog

I’d like to transform myself using media makeup, textiles, paint, amd I’m playing around with different Ideas, for artistic props to make in pottery, to hold or even wear within this 3D piece.

Actors transforming into Van Gogh’s paintings.

One of my findings within my research on this is that of Actors being transformed using media makeup techniques into some of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, in an animated movie called “Loving Vincent”.

Here are a few examples

Douglas Booth as Armand Roulin|Image credit: Breakthru Productions and Good Deed Entertainment.

https://scroll.in/reel/851787/watch-vincent-van-goghs-paintings-come-to-life-in-film-on-the-great-artist

Eleanor Tomlinson as Adeline Ravoux|Image credit: Breakthru Productions and Good Deed Entertainment.

Grayson Perry.

Grayson Perry’s” Mum and Dad” 1993
Contained anger, by Grayson Perry
I watched many videos on the YouTube – The Pottery Wheel. As I had never made a coil pot before I found this so very interesting. (screenshot I took of the first video I watched, by The Pottery Wheel YouTube channel.

Experimental practices with ceramics.

Planter made with soft clay. Thumb pot.

With this, I took a piece of soft clay, I rolled it in my hands into a ball, then with my thumb I pushed a hole through the top of the ball of clay and used the pinching method to pinch with thumb inside and finger. All along on the outer layer of the thumb pot. I did this all around until the desired shape. Then with a metal comb I stroked and pressed out lines, then left to dry and put in the kilne (hot oven type device for firing clays).

Clay Thumb pot planter before firing.
thumb pot planter made with soft clay then fired in a kilne at …. degrees

This planter was inspired by a book in my tutor Bill Kelly’s workshop, i will refer back to which book when im back in class.

yet to be painted, made for putting little cactus plants inside.

I painted this with the underglaze slip, they were meant to be neon colours but I think the kilne was at too high a temperature.

Tile & Tile mould

Clay tile

A mould made for a clay made ceramic tile design .

My Tile made with plaster of paris.

yet to be painted, I aim to get this painted and fired.

‘No Straight Lines’

Coil pot.

coil pot vase, before design and paint.
A sculpted out design on coil pot vase, practising with coil clay, This piece I’ve named ‘no straight lines’

With coil clay, I made a round base for the bottom of this experimental Vase, I then measured with a peice of string the circumference of the base, and use the same length of string as reference for the coils of clay, and cut the coils to size. I scored the underneath part of the coil and the base of the vase, and painted slip on to stick it down then smoothed the edges, and repeated this process until I got the height I needed. I then with my thumbs and fingers made the top of the vase a wiggly shape. I tried to get the vase as equal all around and smoothed out ready to dry, then paint and fire.

My coil vase painted in black underglaze before being fired.

I added yellow to the rim of the vase I like the contrast between the black and yellow.

Thumb pots ready for the kilne to be fired

The workshop kilne.
The stonewear glaze I used after painting the pebble planter. I am not a fan of how this piece turned out after being fired. The colours have gone very faint and mucky looking.
Coil vase in painting process

Practise for my planned 3D ceramics peice.

One of two thumb pots made with soft clay to join together and make a head like shape.
The other thumb pot ready to be joined to the previous one.
Thumb pots joined and smoothed out the joins, patted it with a wooden paddle to get a better shape. Then added a peice of clay and sculpted it into a nose.
The joined thumb pots with added facial features in a
Hair added, I want to improve the ear ands add a mouth. The hair won’t work as the ends will break off, so I rectified this.
The ears are not to my liking or on balance to one and other. I hadn’t created a mouth at this point. I had also recognised that the ends of the hair would most probably snap off, so adapted that.

I worked on the ears a little and pierced them as they’ll have real earrings hopefully. I also left a cavity in a line above the eyes for some fake eyelashes.

Beginning of confirmed final Piece

The beginning of the coil pot I have began to create.
I am going to add more height and bring the clay up and out, more rounder shaped in the middle then going further upwards, reducing the circumference to a thinner one than that of the middle.. going up into a thinner neck.
I laid out slabs of clay that i had rolled flat and shaped them inside a bowl to create a rounded look, I intend to join both of them and create a better version of my previous experimental self representational sculpture. The Idea was given to me by my ceramics tutor. I hope it works!
Scoring the clay with a metal comb tool, before adding slip to join more clay onto this piece.
The rough beginnings, when the height and shape is to my plan, the clay will be smoothed out using a rubber kidney bean shaped tool, which will give the outer hape a much more perfected smoother form. Then i can fire it and begin adding mixed media to create and paint my planned design onto .
progression?.. in progress….
I made my own slip which is clay mixed with water for joining clay to clay.
I shaped the face a little more with a metal. Sculpture tool around the cheek bones and chin, I made a bit of a dent in the head handling this piece which was later rectified. I also changed the ends of the hair to a more solid part of the sculpture so it did not snap off after being fired in the kilne.

Studio B- Portraiture Arts Research.

Marina Abramovic.

Within My research on performance artists, I came across one of the worlds most famous performance artists, Serbian Performer – Marina Abramovic who is a conceptual and performing artist, philanthropist, writer and film-maker who employs duration,pain,danger, exhaustion and viewer participation.

One of the most interesting and quite frankly in my personal opinion haunting, shocking, surreal findings of Marina Abramovic’s art work is that of the piece named- Rhythm 0 pictured below.

Marina Abramovic, Rhythm O, Studio Morra, Naples, Italy.1974

In Studio morra, Naples, Italy in the year 1974 Artist Marina Abramovic left instructions for the viewers present at the studio. The instructions read as follows ” There are 72 objects on the table, that one can use on me as desired. Performance. I am the object. During this period I take full responsibility” (Marina Abramovic-MoMa)

Some of the Objects Marina Abramovic chose to to include on the table were, a rose, a gun and a single bullet, nails, an axe, kitchen knives, scissors, a hammer,perfume, chains, feather duster.

Once all the items were laid on the table Marina Abramovic stood still in the room without speaking or moving. Viewers gathered around the table, amongst the various objects, they began to apply the various objects to her body in anyway they desired.

The 6 hour performance, Rhythm O was created through the actions of the audience, and the lack of motion or movement from the artist Marina, also the 72 objects on the table provided for the Gallery.

Marina Abromović, Rhythm O, in 1974, Studio m orra, naples Italy. The artist Marina and an audience member wiping away the artist Marina Abromović’s tears.
Marina Abromović, Rhythm O, 1974, Naples, Italy. After her studio audience used the objects. Featuring Marina’s real blood and tears!

“Art is not just about another beautiful painting, that matches your dining room floor. ART has to be disturbing, art has to ask question, art has to predict the future”

Marina Abramovic,(serbian 1946)Moma chair for the spirit chair for man.

Alastair Maclennan.

In my research I found Alastair Maclennan(1943,Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) one of Britain’s major practitioner of live art/performance art. In This artists work I found a distinctive form of performance art which he terms ‘actuations’ (art360.org) ,but hisatristic practise embraces drawing,installation and the use of found objects, materials and artifacts, that are very often combined within his actuations.

“A primary function of art is to bridge our mental and physical worlds. Through crass materialism we’ve reduced art to cultural real estate. ‘Actual’ creativity can be neither bought nor sold, though it’s husks, shells and skins often are. It’s possible in art to use meta systems without over-reliance on physical residue and attendant marketplace hustling, jockeying and squabbling.”

Alastair MacLennan(1943,Blair,Atholl,Perthshire, Scotland) High performance magazine, 1984, ameclennen-archive

Below is an example of Alastair Maclennan’s work.

Alastair MacLennan (1943,Blair, Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) Alchemist. Still taken from video. A MacLennan-archives. 2010.