Before I jump into my next art project its important for me to research my potential subjects thoroughly. Hopefully, this will then lead to a more developed series of paintings and a fuller sense of unity. One of my first considerations is to decide if its an interesting and vibrant enough project to work on and secondly, that there’s enough content to last a full series of up to 15 different paintings/pieces.
While I was away I kept to a solid, straightforward plan of taking a million (or so!) photographs, carefully discarding any duplicates or rubbish ones which helped to free up more space on my precious memory card. I do think its best to make sure you have plenty of storage space for all your pictures so taking a couple of memory cards is a really good idea.
|Quick sketch of Rhodes Old Town (May ’14)|
As you visit different places and soak in the atmosphere its the perfect opportunity to sketch. Its also great to be able to re-read your holiday guidebook as well as all those museum/temple site leaflets you get given.
Now I’m home I will continue my research so I have a good overall knowledge of all the places I’ve visited. At the moment I’m googling greek architecture until I feel satisfied that I’ve immersed myself in my subject matter enough. I have also managed to pick up a couple of books from my local charity shops (crazily enough!!) on the Byzantium medieval empire and Greek Mythology. Amazon is another great alternative too.
After this I will continue to make small thumbnail drawings trying out different ideas, subjects and compositions. For my next series I really want to push the boat out and incorporate a few different Greek based themes. Before reaching for the canvas though I’ll start some larger drawings, experimenting with different materials and media. Its always important for my work to have its own unique and distinctive style and hopefully all this initial research will make sure I’m never short of ideas.
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